Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 1, 2013

Thomas L. Clement Died Nov. 29, 2013

GRAWN — Thomas L. Clement, age 69, of Grawn, formerly of Sault Ste. Marie, passed away peacefully at home Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. He was born Nov. 16, 1944, in Sault Ste. Marie, to Leonard and Margaret (Woodgate) Clement.

After high school Tom enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country during the Vietnam War. While in the service he was a part of the Seabees and helped with road construction in Vietnam.

Tom married Violet Mae (Homminga) Gates on May 21, 1989, in Sault Ste. Marie.

Tom was an excellent mechanic and could fix anything on a car.

If there was ever a person in need of help he dropped everything to help out. He was kind and generous with his time and talents.

Tom was a member at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Tom will be greatly missed by his wife, Violet; son, Richard Clement, of Indianapolis; four stepchildren, Gerald Gates, of Sault Ste. Marie, Paul Gates, of Interlochen, Larry Gates, of Cedar, and Louie (Celia) Gates, of Traverse City; brothers, Paul and Jerry Clement; and a sister, Mary Ann.

Besides his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Clement; and two stepchildren, Elsie Mae and John Gates.

A Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at 11 a.m., at St. Patrick Catholic Church. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, also at the church. Burial will take place at Holy Name Cemetery in Sault Ste. Marie in the spring.

Memorial contributions in Tom’s name may be directed to the family to assist with funeral expenses.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

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