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David "Boomer" Brooks Clement

December 7, 2023

David "Boomer" Clement Obituary

Cornville, ME – David “Boomer” “Da Forester” Brooks Clement, 85, passed away peacefully December 7, 2023 in the presence of family.


David was born in Rumford Maine and has kept a connection to that area for most of his life with various family camps on Worthley Pond in Peru.  He was a graduate of Stephens Memorial High School and the University of Maine, with a degree in Forestry.  At the University of Maine, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and the US Army ROTC program.  He went on to serve 10-years in the Army Reserves rising to the rank of Captain.


Most of David’s career was spent doing what he always loved, working as a forester.  He worked for two years with the Maine Forest Service and then for 28-years at SD Warren, eventually becoming the Woodlands Manager at the Westbrook mill.  He loved to work with small woodlot owners and along with his team at SD Warren founded the SD Warren Tree Farm Family with over 800 members.  In the early 1990’s he relocated to the SAPPI Somerset Mill to be the Woodyard Manager.  Even after his retirement he continued to work in the forestry world in a variety of capacities. David’s list of volunteer activities is almost too long to list.  He was President of the Maine Audubon Board of Trustees, he was a Boy Scout Leader, he served on the Westbrook Recreation and Conservation Commission, he was “The Voice” of Woodsman’s Day at the Fryeburg Fair for over 50 years, he served as a Trustee of the Baxter State Park Scientific Forest Management Area, he started the Lake Smart Program at Worthley Pond and served on the Friends of Worthley Pond board for several years.  He was also active in whatever church he belonged to, often serving on the Boards of Trustee and in other capacities for which he was asked.


Watching college and high school sports and fretting over the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots were David’s favorite pastime. He attended as many events as he could and had a vast network of TV and internet methods to catch the rest.  He loved to go see the kids in his family play the best, traveling around Maine and Massachusetts regularly.  2004 will still go down as the greatest year in sports!


David will be met at the Rainbow Bridge by many dogs including Missy, Pete, Daisy, Jack, Maggie, and Rambo, including several others who adopted David over his life.   


David was proud of many things in his life. Two legacy’s that he passed along was his middle name, Brooks, which he shares with his son, his niece, two grandsons, and a great niece. The other was being an Eagle Scout for which his example also encouraged his son and grandson to attain the same honor. David was respected and beloved by many friends and people in the community often being called a “true gentleman” or “a stand-up guy”. His best friend was Wayne Jackson with whom he worked, owned a land development business, a camp in Holeb Maine, and collectively too many boats, snowmobiles, and canoes to count! Wayne pre-deceased David, but Wayne, his family, and the times they spent together never left his heart.


David was pre-deceased by his parents, Marwood and Alta Clement and his brother Marwood Clement Jr. David was survived by his two children Barbara Emery of Anchorage, AK and Andrew Clement and his wife Kate, of Rockport, ME, four grandchildren Samantha and Dylan Emery, and Jacob and Zachary Clement. He also is survived by nieces Merideth Clement, Gail Thackery, Laurie Sproul, Katie Friday and nephew Marwood Clement, III, Alan Stearns and David Stearns.


For the last 20+ years David also shared his life, home, projects, and adventures with his partner and love, Sherry Barstow and her son Keven. Sherry was the ultimate support to David in his final years always making sure he could pursue their interests and activities until his final swim the day before his passing.


David will be fondly remembered by Sherry’s sister Marge Withee, her husband Ed, and their family Sara, Meilssa, Eric, Colin, Nathan, Todd, Holly, and Phillip, as well as Sherry’s Brother Howard Hanscom, his wife Audrey and their family Ingo, Mark, Colleen, Donald, and especially David’s little buddy Mo, who David thought of as a great-grandson. There are also many “kids” from Westbrook that hold David in their hearts as he was always supportive, attentive, and loving to them throughout their lives.


There will be a celebration of life for David early in July 2024 at the family camp on Worthley Pond. Our family is hoping David’s many friends and family will come and spend the day celebrating his life and his many contributions to our lives.    


Arrangements are under the care and direction of Central Maine Cremation & Funeral Services. To leave a condolence for the family and to view the online obituary, please visit www.centralmainefunerals.com

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