SOUTH PARIS — Benjamin H. Clardy, 93, of Livermore, died Saturday, Aug. 14, at Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1916, in Malvern, Ark., the son of William and Elizabeth (Perry) Clardy. He attended school in Arkansas.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1962. During his military career he served in the Pacific, Far East, and Mediterranean and the Atlantic. He retired as a chief petty officer.

On Feb. 20, 1946, in North Livermore, he married Gertrude Bisbee. She passed away in April  2007.

After 21 years in the Navy, Ben was self-employed, investing in real estate and the stock market.

He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in North Jay. He was also a member of the Whitney Masonic Lodge in Livermore Falls, the C.C.C., a 50-year member of the Fleet Reserve, and a lifetime member of the Frank L. Mitchell V.F.W. Post No. 3335 in Jay. For the past 30 years he went to schools in the area promoting a scholarship given through the Fleet Reserve, which included the Navy, Coast Guards and U.S.M.C. The scholarship was awarded to the student with the best written essay on Patriotism.

He is survived by two sons, William Clardy and his wife, Pam, of Fayette, and George Clardy of California; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, Benjamin Clardy, in 1982.

Messages of condolence may be made at www.finleyfuneralhome.com.

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