West Paris, Maine — Ernest J. “Ernie” Clegg Jr., 76, of West Paris, Maine, formerly of Andover, Mass., passed away peacefully at Ledgeview Living Center, on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Ernie was born in Andover, Mass., on June 7, 1937, and was the son of the late Alice Cameron (Nicholas) and Ernest Clegg Sr.
Ernie was a graduate of Punchard High School in 1955. He worked at Tire Rubber Co. in Andover for several years, before being employed as a chef at New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, Mass. He was there 30 years before retiring to West Paris.
Ernie loved helping people and was involved in many community activities. For many years, he was a volunteer at Young’s Greenhouse in South Paris. A project he created and enjoyed while working there was delivering leftover plants to surrounding neighborhoods and giving them away to people. He helped run a soup kitchen in Norway, Maine, and also volunteered at the soup kitchen supported by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Dixfield, Maine. As a longtime member of the church, he participated in all church activities. Ernie was an avid gardener and was proud of the beautiful floral gardens, particularly the “hosta walk,” he created at his home in West Paris. He is survived by his brother, James Clegg of Newport Richey, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters, Shirley Lombari and Joanne Irving; and his brother, Arthur Clegg. Condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be held on Thursday, February 6, at 2 p.m., at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 97 Allen Avenue, Portland, Maine. Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 64 Andrews Rd., Bryant Pond.