Clement Francis Denizé, 69, died January 1 at Cape Cod Hospital. Mr. Denizé, who moved to Sandwich in 2009, was a former resident of Sagamore Beach and leaves family there.
The son of Emily Irene (Elliot) Denize and Clement Denizé, he was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and was raised in Sagamore Beach. After graduating from Bourne High School in 1967, he furthered his education for two years at University of Massachusetts in Boston, where he studied American and European history.
After college, Mr. Denizé backpacked though North America, and several countries in Europe—Germany, Holland, England, the Netherlands, Greece and Spain—as well as South America, trekking through Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Guatemala.
As an avid reader at one time, he was passionate about books, especially fantasy and speculative fiction. Another passion—technology—motivated him to take classes in that subject at Cape Cod Community College even after suffering a stroke.
Although a member of the Christian faith, Mr. Denizé believed in the unity of mankind, the oneness of God, and the oneness of all religions, and he often attended and hosted devotional services of the Baha'i faith.
He was a devoted fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. Two years ago, he attended a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, and the team acknowledged his presence with a greeting on the big screen: “The Red Sox welcome Clement Denizé” and sent him home with team gear.
He leaves two sisters, Donna Denizé of Washington, DC, and Marie Francois Theodore of Los Angeles, California; three aunts, Jeanne Moore, Constance Coleman and Marjorie Elliott, all of Sagamore Beach; cousins Karen Young, Clifford Moore Jr. and Theodore Moore; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral service will be Thursday, January 9, at 1:30 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne.
Interment will follow at Oakland Grove Cemetery in Bourne.
A memorial service is planned for summer.