Arthur Vincent Art Clancy 27 November 1929 29 July 2022, death notice, Obituaries, Obituaries

Clancy, Arthur Vincent (Art) Jr. – 92 of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2022, surrounded by family singing his favorite – Sweet Caroline. Art was born in Asheville, North Carolina on November 27, 1929. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur Vincent Clancy, Sr. and Ilene McDaniel Clancy; sisters Katherine Clancy Murphy, Mary Clancy Kerley and Elizabeth Clancy Kidd. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Sue Rueff Clancy, whom he married on St. Patrick’s Day; a sister Josephine Clancy Swikard; two daughters, Sharon Clancy Mulloy (Gene) and Susan Ilene Clancy; four sons, Arthur Vincent Clancy, III (Stephanie), Stephen Patrick Clancy (Paula), David Michael Clancy and Daniel Joseph Clancy (Kim); twelve grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School where he excelled in basketball. Art was also a graduate of Saint Bernard Junior College in Cullman, AL, where he played football and basketball. He served in the US Air Force and in Korea as an intelligence officer after graduating from Army Language School in Monterey, California. He returned home and graduated from the University of Tennessee. He began his professional career at Owens Corning Fiberglass and in 1958 joined Clancy Optical Company. Over the next 50 years, and as President of Clancy Optical Company, Art would achieve local, state, national, and international optical recognition as a Certified Optician by the American Board of Opticianry. . He was national president of the Opticians Association of America, served on the board of the American Board of Opticians, and for 20 years served as chairman of the Licensing Board of Dispensing Opticians for the state of Tennessee and President of the International Guild of Prescription Opticians. He will occupy many other positions of responsibility and will win many prizes and recognitions related to his profession of optics. He was named Tennessee’s Outstanding Optician in 1979. Art has also been named Southern Optician of the Year, National Optician of the Year, and International Optician of the Year throughout his career. His community involvement included past president of the Knoxville Rotary Club, where he had 50 years of perfect attendance, district governor of Rotary International, development board and advisory board of St. Mary’s Medical Center, council Board of Directors for the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors for the YMCA, Better Business Bureau, Knoxville Tourist Bureau, Traveler’s Aide Society, and Chairman of the Knoxville Historical Zoning Commission. He was a member of the Elk’s Club and a graduate of the Knoxville Leadership Class of 1988. He was a Communicant of Holy Ghost Catholic Church and a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was past school board president for St. Joseph’s School, vice-chairman of the Knoxville Catholic High School Board of Trustees, president of the Knoxville Catholic High School Booster Club, and a member of the St. Bernard College Board of Trustees. Art was the Grand Marshal for Knoxville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2017. Art was a huge sports fan. He played tennis regularly throughout his life where he met many of his lifelong friends, and especially enjoyed attending sporting events for his children, grandchildren and the University of Tennessee. He was a former member and officer of the Orange Tie Club. He attended nearly every UT football and basketball game for 50 years and was a very strong supporter of The Lady Vols. He enjoyed traveling the world with Sue and her close friends, Dave and Roseanne Wolf. He has visited many countries and his travels have taken him to all 50 states. Art loved making memories with his family at home or at Shamrock Haven – Clancy’s cabin on Lake Norris, where he was an avid water skier. He also loved Pawley’s Island, where he took his growing family each Memorial Day week for the Clancy Family Beach Trip. When his Clancy Clan grew from 15 to 48, the beaches of the Isle of Palms became home to the annual beach trip. Art enjoyed life wherever he was, but his favorite “Happy Place” was sitting by the pool, surrounded by loved ones, overlooking the ocean in Aruba. He loved his family deeply and will always be admired by those who knew him for his good humor, sense of humor and generosity. He mastered the art of storytelling, had a lot to share, and had the biggest collection of jokes because he never forgot one. He was respected in his family and in the Knoxville community for treating everyone with kindness, dignity and respect. He will always be remembered as the most loving husband, most wonderful dad, sweetest dad, and best friend to so many. Art Clancy was a servant. He served God, his family, his country, his profession and the community of Knoxville well. The honorary bearers are: Tom Jellicorse, Dave Wolf, Bob Montgomery, Nick Likonis, Art Pickle and Ronnie Wells. Active carriers are his grandsons, Arthur Clancy IV, Michael Mulloy, Spencer Clancy, Matthew Mulloy, Mark Mulloy and Presley Clancy. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at Bridges Funeral Home with the Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Monsignor Michael Johnston, Monsignor William Gahagan and Father Bill McNeely will officiate the services for the Art. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Art wanted donations made to the Holy Ghost Catholic Church Building Fund, 1041 N. Central, Knoxville, TN 37917, or St. Joseph Catholic School, 1810 Howard Dr., Knoxville, TN 37918. and Rosary Service will be streamed live and can be viewed safely on Bridges Funeral Home’s website on Art’s obituary page. Arrangements by Bridges Funeral Home, 5430 Rutledge Pike, 865-523-4999.

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