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In remembrance – Father Robert E. Clancy, senior priest-retired

In Remembrance

September 5, 2023

In remembrance – Father Robert E. Clancy, senior priest-retiredBishop Martin Amos, retired bishop of Davenport, Iowa, will celebrate the funeral Mass for Father Robert E. Clancy at 11 a.m. Sept. 8 in St. Barnabas Church, 9451 Brandywine Road, Northfield. Father Jack Manning will be the homilist.

Visitation will be 9-10:45 a.m. Sept. 8 in the church. At Father Clancy’s request, there will be no vespers.

Father Clancy, 75, died on Sept. 1.

He was born on July 19, 1948 to the late John and Anna Mae (Schmalzel) Clancy. Father Clancy was educated at Borromeo High School, Wickliffe; Borromeo College, Wickliffe; and Saint Mary Seminary, Cleveland. Bishop Clarence Issenmann ordained him to the priesthood for service to the Diocese of Cleveland on June 8, 1974 in Gesu Church, University Heights.

Father Clancy’s first assignment was as parochial vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Cuyahoga Falls. He was transferred on July 2, 1979 to serve as parochial vicar at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Mentor. One June 28, 1984, he was appointed chaplain of St. Edward Nursing Home, Akron. Father Clancy was appointed parochial vicar of St. Barnabas Parish, Northfield on June 27, 1985. During this assignment, he also was named chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, Western Reserve Council No. 5559, effective Feb. 17, 1987. On June 14, 1989, Father Clancy was appointed chaplain of Akron General Hospital, with residence at St. Bernard Parish in Akron. During this assignment, he also was named administrator of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Akron, effective Aug. 1, 1992. On Jan. 29, 2010, Father Clancy was appointed parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cleveland. He later was named senior parochial vicar on June 1, 2014.

He retired on March 1, 2020.

Those who knew him said Father Clancy will be remembered for his faithful ministry to the sick and suffering, especially those in hospitals and nursing homes. He attended to their needs until his own health limited his ministry.

Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery, Northfield.

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