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Clarence H. Licht, artist, WWII veteran, active in church

Nov. 17, 1925 – Feb. 26, 2015

NORTH TONAWANDA – Clarence H. “Clem” Licht of North Tonawanda, an active churchman, artist and World War II Navy veteran, died Thursday in Niagara Hospice House, Lockport. He was 89.

Born in the City of Tonawanda, he graduated from Tonawanda High School and enlisted in the Navy at age 17. He served aboard the USS Kennebec in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II. He married the Ruby I. Mueller on Aug. 7, 1948. The couple celebrated their 66th anniversary.

After his military service, he studied commercial art at Rochester Institute of Technology before becoming co-owner of L&M Television Store in the Tonawandas.

He worked as a sales manager for Gold Star Real Estate and later a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans, a fraternal benefit society for 19 years. He retired in 1991.

He was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda, where he served in many leadership roles. He was the oldest member of Rescue Fire Company 5 and enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, traveling and camping vacations. He was an accomplished artist and woodcarver and enjoyed writing poetry.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jeffrey; two daughters, Susan Cosentino and Amy Baker; a brother, Alan; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 453 Old Falls Blvd.

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