Robert Franklin Clements Sr., age 94, passed away on Oct. 5, 2021 with his family by his side. A lifelong resident of Gloucester, Va., he was a World War II veteran; a member of Bellamy United Methodist Church; a member of the Ark Hunt Club and Waterview Hunt Club; a life member of Gloucester Moose Lodge 886 since 1960, and a 60-year lifetime member of the Gloucester American Legion Post 75.
Robert joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 at age 17, by having his mother sign for him. He was stationed aboard the destroyer USS Lamson DD-367 in the Pacific until the end of the war. After the war he was one of many thousands of Navy personnel who participated in the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests; working as directed in deck exposure tests, observation, and contamination cleanup.
Robert is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Woodlief Clements; his son, Robert Franklin Clements Jr. (Marcia); his daughter, Elizabeth P. McDaniel (Don); three grandchildren, Jeremiah Clements (Emily), Jennifer Clements, and Jessica Clements, and two great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Jackson Clements.
Robert requested for his body to be donated to medical science upon his death.
A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date due to COVID.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester, Va. 23061.