Albert Clement

Albert Harry "Al" Clement

Tuesday, February 27th, 1945 - Thursday, February 28th, 2019
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Albert Harry Clement, age 74, of Erie, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019, one day after his birthday, at UPMC Hamot Hospital as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born in Erie, on February 27, 1945, son of the late Dominick and Irma Fronzaglia Clement.

Al graduated from Strong Vincent High School class of 1963, then from Erie Institute of Technology in the field of Electronics, and also completed engineering coursework at Gannon College. He was proud to have served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War as a Cryptologist, stationed at Midway Island and Washington D.C. He was president and owner of Lighthouse Electric Controls Co., Inc., based in Erie and founded in 1982. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church where in years past he sang in the choir, a member of The Siebenbuerger Club, and enthusiastically supported the Erie Jaycees spearheading a room for the haunted house. Affectionately known as “Big Al” for his ever-present smile, larger than life personality, generous heart, and always sought to lighten the mood by employing his quick wit to tell a joke or assign a playful nickname to nearly everyone close to him. He was fanatical about his Pittsburgh Steelers and adored going to the movies with his grandchildren. He took much delight in utilizing his troubleshooting skills to fix things, riding his bike, fishing, and making his routine coffee run to Donut Connection or more recently McDonalds. Through his death he gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation and will be able to touch the lives of as many as fifty veterans. Al was a steadfastly loyal man to his country, siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. But above all else, Al loved his family, always at the side of his wife, telling his children he loved them, and was second-to-none as a grandfather.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Clement, and his brother-in-law, John Zimmerman.

Survivors include his wife, Susan C. Zimmerman Clement, whom he celebrated his 50th Wedding Anniversary recently on February 22nd 2019; his four children, Alicia Pelkowski and husband Stephen of Harborcreek, Paul Clement of Erie, Denise McCall and husband Brian of Fairview, and Connie Kliem and husband David of Fairview; his ten grandchildren, Paul “Apollo”, Case “Case-O”, and Luca “Garbuba” Pelkowski, Ashley “Chechi”, Corey “Correalean”, Abby “Abilean”, and Kayley “Face” McCall, Alec “Chi-2”, Mattie “Carby”, and Aiden “Zobo” Kliem; his two sisters, June Wood and Joyce (Ben) Starry; his two brothers, Nick (Heidi) Clement and Frank (Karen) Clement; his sister-in-laws, Florence Clement, Helen Zimmerman, and Mary Alice (Tom) Doolin; his brother-in-law, James (Shirley) Zimmerman; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home, Inc. 5000 Wattsburg Rd. Erie, 16504, on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. and are invited to a prayer service there Friday morning at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Entombment, with military honors will follow in Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum 3325 West Lake Road, Erie, PA 16505.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Emmaus Ministries Soup Kitchen, 218 East 11th Street, Erie, PA 16503, or to the Chronic Disease Fund / Good Days via by click “Donate” or call 877.968.7233 or 972.608.7141 M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 7th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, March 7th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home, Inc.
    5000 Wattsburg Road
    ERIE, PA 16504
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, March 7th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday, March 7th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home, Inc.
    5000 Wattsburg Road
    ERIE, PA 16504
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, March 8th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, March 8th, 2019 10:00am
    Sacred Heart Church
    816 West 26th Street
    ERIE, PA 16508
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    9:15 prayers at the Funeral Home
    Fr. Mark O'Hern
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    3325 West Lake Road
    ERIE, PA 16505
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Glenn & Cathy Caruso

Posted at 07:59am
We’re so sorry to hear of Al's tragic passing. The Clements were a big part of our family when our kids were growing up. Alicia, Denise, and Connie were the best sitters we ever had. They always took the time to include our kids in activities outside our home. Al and Sue raised the three girls to be respectful, honest and accountable for everything they did. And they always lived up to those qualities and expectations. Whenever anyone mentioned the Clement name, it was always the same response, warm and caring. Several times when the three girls were busy, Al and Sue would fill in as babysitters, treating the kids as part of their family. And we can’t forget to mention the card games at the Clement home with gram and Al. His jovial laughter kept everyone entertained as he humorously teased those that dared to play. Our deepest condolences to Sue, Paul, Alicia, Denise and Connie and all their families during these sad filled days. We will keep each of you in our prayers. Al will be sadly missed. Glenn & Cathy Caruso

Will Rice

Posted at 05:54pm
Al was my WW buddy who always made meetings fun and interesting. I am most thankful for Al re-introducing me to the joys of bicycling. My condolences to Connie and everyone in the family on this sad occasion. Will Rice

The Campoli Family

Posted at 05:37pm
Our deepest sympathies,
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The Tobin Families

Posted at 08:27am
Our thoughts & prayers are with all the Clement Families. Al will remain in our hearts forever. He will be deeply missed. Thanks for all the memories!
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Tyler Burniston

Posted at 09:36pm
Clement family, I am deeply saddened by the passing of “crazy Al”. my neighbor and friend growing up. I hope for the quick recovery of Sue and wish to express my condolences to family and friends .

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