Kenneth Clancy

Obituary of Kenneth Clancy

Kenneth Patrick Clancy, Sr. a retired member of the Teamsters Local 25 and 47 year resident of Burlington passed away at home with his family at his bedside on Thursday morning, July 12, 2018. He was 76 years old. Ken was born in Cambridge. He was the son of Walter and Alice Clancy. He spent his childhood in East Cambridge and his teenage years in Somerville. He enlisted in the Marines at the age of 17 and served for 4 years during the Vietnam Era. He spent 2 years overseas and some stationed at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. He was the recipient of the Marine Corps Good Conduct Award, Rifle Sharpshooter and Pistol Marksman Badges. He was proud to serve his country and to be a US Marine.

After his military service, Ken returned home to Somerville. His friend arranged him to meet a young lady by the name of Helen Weiss. A romance bloomed and they were married in 1970. They purchased a home in Burlington in 1971 to raise their 3 children. Ken had an incredible work ethic and wanted to be the best provider for his family. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 25 for over 35 years. Many of those years were spent driving a 18 wheeler for McLean Trucking. He finished his career working for Glen-Mor Oil Company. He knew every back road in Boston area and the North Shore. He hardly ever refused overtime because the extra income gave him the opportunity to provide his family with a few niceties, pay for college and a few weddings. He always wanted the best for his wife and children.

Ken was happiest when he was at home or with his family. He was the type of person who did not like idle time and often filled his leisure time working around his home and yard. He spent hours working on his landscaping, tending to his garden, and maintaining his lawn. He loved to do all sorts of carpentry projects around his home. Over the years he built 3 additions to his back deck and his fingerprints and hammer have touched almost every part of his home in some way. He was a huge Boston sports fan. Although, he never forgave the Bruins for trading Bobby Orr to the Chicago Black Hawks. He was the devoted husband to his wife, Helen, for 48 years. He might have been the bread winner, but he knew that Helen ran the home and family. He enjoyed family vacations and trips with Helen and friends. York Beach was a favorite summer family vacation. When his children were on their own, there were trips to Bermuda, the Caribbean, Florida, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Reno, and numerous cruises to warm weather destinations. They also enjoyed day trips to Mohegun Sun and Foxwoods with friends. As a father, he always wanted the best for his children and instilled the values of hard work, caring for family, and being responsible. He was a strong role model for each one of them. He was a different person when he became a “Papa”. He was retired, had endless time, and rather than raising his children, he simply enjoyed time spent with the grand kids. He was much more indulging, happily baby sat, was at all their hockey and baseball games, and any other school event or activity they might have. Ken was a proud man, devoted to his family, and had a kind heart and he will be missed by his family and friends.

Ken was the beloved husband of Helen Marie (Weiss). He was the loving father of Lisa Bertolami & her husband John of Wilmington, Kenny Clancy & his wife Michelle of Nashua, NH, and Kristina Bertolami & her husband Michael of Newburyport. He was the brother of Paul of Burlington, Edward of Belmont, the late Walter, Richard, and Elaine. He was the proud “Papa” to Nicole, Jack, Gina, Olivia & Lucia Bertolami and Ryder & Kailey Clancy. He was the great grandfather of Ava.

Funeral from the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn Street, BURLINGTON (exit 34 off Rt. 128/95, Woburn side) on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10 a.m. Visiting hours Monday from 4-8 p.m. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ken’s name may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or For directions obituary & online guestbook see or

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