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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘Grace, dignity and strength’: Pittsburghers mourn death of Vera Clemente, widow of Pirates legend

Vera Clemente, the Pirates’ matriarch and Roberto’s widow, enjoyed what was surely an emotional and long-awaited reunion with her husband on Saturday.

After she had been in “delicate health” since Nov. 1, Vera Clemente died of unknown causes in her native Puerto Rico, surrounded by family and friends. She was 81.

The loss was difficult to take for many Pirates fans, especially those who had idolized Roberto and, as a result, had gotten to know his wife; turns out empathy and philanthropy were not ideals only the baseball-playing half of the marriage carried.

Vera Clemente is survived by three sons: Roberto Clemente Jr., Luis Roberto Clemente and Roberto Enrique Clemente.



QLE Posted: November 17, 2019 at 12:10 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: obituaries, rip, vera clemente

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   1. Rennie's Tenet Posted: November 17, 2019 at 05:18 AM (#5901790)
I believe that he proposed on their first date?
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: November 17, 2019 at 11:35 AM (#5901808)
meanwhile, Maria Elena Holly soldiers on at age 86, still remembering husband Buddy.

and of course Jackie's great love - Rachel Robinson - is 97 years young.

both men died before Roberto Clemente did, but those are 3 longtime widows.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: November 17, 2019 at 07:30 PM (#5901859)
And Joan Hodges is still alive at age 93. Gil died just short of his 48th birthday, and Joan has been a widow for almost 48 years.
   4. jingoist Posted: November 17, 2019 at 11:05 PM (#5901885)
Some years back, Bob Costa had program on hbo or mlb network, I don’t recall which, where he was reminiscing with Willie Mays and Henry Aaron.
During the course of the discussion the topic of blacks not being able to go to restaurants even in northern cities came up.
Mays said that whenever the Giants played in Pittsburgh, Vera inevitably cooked dinner at her house and invited Willie to eat with them.
He spoke quite fondly of the Clementes as good people and they became good friends.
I am sure he is missing her now.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: November 18, 2019 at 12:53 AM (#5901890)
Joan has been a widow for almost 48 years.

and last I heard, still lives in the same Brooklyn residence that she did while Gil was playing first base for the Dodgers.
   6. Rennie's Tenet Posted: November 18, 2019 at 07:20 AM (#5901899)
#4: Mays and Clemente had been teammates one winter in Puerto Rico.
   7. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: November 18, 2019 at 07:57 AM (#5901902)
My grandmother outlived my grandfather by 32 years. I once asked her if she missed him. "Every day," she replied.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: November 18, 2019 at 06:24 PM (#5902166)
My mother lived 42 years longer than my father.
   9. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 18, 2019 at 07:43 PM (#5902178)
Vera was a good lady. She will be missed.

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