John C. Clegg, father of Founder and CEO Tim Clegg and President Kevin Clegg of Clegg Promo, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 4th.
John was the son of Ambrose and Mildred Mehringer Clegg of Queens NY. John was a beloved husband for 59 years to Eileen Dearie Clegg. He was the father of seven children and 21 adoring grandchildren. Community service was the work he most enjoyed and for which he will be lovingly remembered. He loved being a coach, referee, and commissioner of the basketball program for the Chagrin Athletic Association, a board member on the Chagrin Valley Rec Center, a lector at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, and a fixture at all Chagrin Falls High School sporting events for over 50 years!
John was class president and valedictorian at Jamaica High School, a mathematics major at Manhattan College ’58, a computer programmer at Sperry Gyroscope, Manager Information Systems at ATO/SMG, Chief Information Officer at Standard Products, and in 1994 he became Gadfly & Ombudsman for Clegg Industries.
When John retired from Standard Products, he threw himself into a new role as Gadfly, Ombudsman, and outside factory rep for Clegg Industries from 1994-2004. He surprised all of his children as he transformed from a Chief Information Officer to an outgoing factory rep specialist. He relished traveling through Ohio and the Midwest, visiting distributors in offices, parking lots, homes, and barns. No distributor was too small for John to visit. Not only did John become a master at presenting the Clegg line, he became well known on the trade show circuit, as John & Eileen would work many of the key Midwest Shows.
In addition to presenting, John was a tireless proofreader and editor for numerous Clegg and Americhip catalogs. For years, under his direction, there was not a single typo or mistake in any of our catalogs.
Our Dad loved Clegg & Americhip and he gave his all to make us a better organization. We were so blessed to have him as our Father and equally as fortunate to have him as part of the Clegg and Americhip team.
We’ll continue to work hard, do well, improve, treat people well and make a difference in what we do and in how we do it. We know that would make our Dad very proud of us.
Our thanks to all of you for being part of our Dad’s journey.
With much gratitude,
Tim & Kevin
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a “Membership Scholarship in the Name of John C. Clegg” at the Chagrin Valley Rec. Center,
PO Box 84, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.