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Biography of Clarence Sweeney - Stoker 1st. Class - d. December 19, 2010

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March 1945 Photo Nene Lives Book Photo
Extracted from the photo of the Crew of the Nene on deck taken March 1945
Photo from the book "NENE LIVES The Story of H.M.C.S. Nene & her Crew" - 1993


Clarence Peter Sweeney was born in Toronto, Ontario June 4, 1924. He attended Riverdale High School. Clarence joined the Navy in the spring of 1942.

Clarence married Noreen Foster June 1, 1944. They had a daughter, Sharon and a son, David, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Clarence's son died October 13, 1979.

After discharge from the Navy Clarence worked for Clarke Brothers Machinists as a tool and die maker. Further training in time management led him to positions with the International
Resistance Company and the Douglas Randall Company. In April of 1960, he opened two
service stations in Scarborough, Ontario. In 1972, Clarence had a career change and moved
north to Sutton, Ontario. There he worked for the Durham School Board. A work-related back injury forced him to take an early retirement. In 1985, he and Noreen moved to Pickering, Ontario where Clarence developed a keen interest in computers. He devoted three days a week helping Lord Elgin Public School students learn how to use a computer. During this time he created several computer learning programs for elementary school children.

Clarence and Noreen moved to Cambridge and then to Vineland, Ontario where they now reside. Clarence spends many hours tending to his rose gardens and lending a helping hand to his many neighbours.

Clarence Peter Sweeney January 2010

Message to Ken Riley

Hello Mr. Riley, I am the grand daughter of Peter Sweeney. I wanted to send you a message to let you know that my grandfather (my Poppa) passed away on December 19th 2010. We were all very lucky to have the chance to tell my Poppa how much we loved him and what a wonderful man he was just before he passed away. He has passed very peacefully and we were all very blessed to have had such a wonderful man in our lives. Do you have contact with the makers of the web site for the Nene? or know how I can contact them? Thank you very much, Vicki Sweeney.

Vicki did get in touch with this website. Readers may also be interested in Peter's story about his life aboard HMCS Nene during the war, as recorded and written at The Memory Project.


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