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Charles H. "Chuck" Clemons, 78, of the City of Tonawanda, a boating columnist and a retired Buffalo teacher, died Wednesday (Sept. 24, 1997) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a short illness.

Born in Niagara Falls, he grew up in Buffalo and attended Burgard Vocational High School. He received a master's degree from Buffalo State College. Clemons served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He taught industrial arts in Buffalo Public Schools for 35 years, retiring in 1983.

A boating enthusiast and outdoorsman, he wrote a boating column, "Cruisin' Slow," for the Tonawanda News for the past 35 years. He also taught safe boating and snowmobiling classes for many years.

He was a member of the LaSalle Yacht Club, the Niagara River Yacht Club, the Inner Harbor Yacht Club and the former OBC, the Richardson Boat Owners Association, the Antique and Classic Boat Association, the Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association, BARGE, the Friends of the Canadiana and the Swift Water Power Squadron.

He also was a member of the CBI Veterans Group, the National Campers and Hikers Association, the Good Sams RV Club, the Finger Lakes Good Sams and Upstate Donkey and Mule. He also was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Inez Palmer; three daughters, Bebe of Holland, Kim Iris of the City of Tonawanda and Candy Zackey of Clarence; a foster daughter, Bonnie Calkins of South Dayton; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the LaSalle Yacht Club, 73 S. 68th St., Niagara Falls.


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