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Clemente V. Crocamo
August 25, 1948 ~ May 25, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Clemente Vincent Crocamo, 74, died at his home in Middlebury, CT on May 15, 2023, following a brief battle with cancer and a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He is survived by his son, Julian (Rebecca) of Portland, Maine; his wife of 39 years, Kerry Baldwin; his sister, Diane of Hamden, CT; and brother, John (Kelly) of Seymour, CT.
Born in Derby, CT to Angelo and Florence Crocamo, Clem earned his BS in Anthropology from UConn. Following graduation, Clem pursued his true passion and calling: classical guitar. He studied guitar as a post-grad at UConn before leaving to teach music at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. While at Andover, Clem was part of a guitar duo that played in the Boston Opera’s production of Don Pasquale under the baton of Sara Caldwell.
When his father became ill, Clem returned to Connecticut and bought his father’s food service business which he ran for over 15 years. Clem continued to play at small local venues and teach guitar from home. After selling his business, Clem worked for the American Heart Association before retiring in 2011.
There was little that didn’t interest Clem over the course of his too short seventy-four years. An accomplished, master musician, amateur astronomer and entomologist, darn good chess player, and excellent home chef, builder of bookcases and maker of patios, Clem was a generous and patient teacher of any willing student curious about any of his interests. Possessed of a wickedly dry sense of humor, Clem was quick with a joke or pithy funny observation.
A good man, a good father, partner and husband, Clem Crocamo was a beautiful, kind, shy, quietly loving and always generous man whose death leaves a great space in the lives of those who knew and loved him.
Julian, Rebecca and Kerry would especially like to thank Isobel Muchiri of Hospice for her deep compassion and loving care of Clem in his final days. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made in Clem's name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (michaeljfox.org).
Family and friends are invited to gather for a Remembrance at the 1754 House in Woodbury, CT from 2:00 - 3:30 PM, onTuesday, June 20th. The Cremation Society of New England is honored to have been entrusted with Clemente's final care and arrangements.