Peter Clancy

June 1, 1960November 13, 2018
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Peter Clancy, 58, of Lisle, IL formerly of Westbrook, Maine passed away November 13, 2018. Beloved son of Bernadette Clancy and the late Gerald Clancy; loving husband of Patty Clancy for 20 years; cherished father of Joel Clancy and April Clancy; dearest brother of Paul (Judi) Clancy; adoring uncle of Jonathan (Susanna Smith) Clancy and Christine Clancy; fond brother-in-law of Barbara (Arnie Leibovit) Schimpf, Janet Frantz, Charlie (Vickie) Schimpf, Mary Leber, Bob (Karen) Schimpf and Karen (Rex) Homme; loving uncle and great uncle to many nieces and nephews. Peter earned his bachelor’s degree at Tufts University, master’s degree at Syracuse University and his PhD at Dartmouth University. He began his professional career as an engineer for IBM for 14 years but found his passion in teaching. For the last 11 years, Peter was a science teacher at Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora, IL. The Red Sox have lost their number one fan; he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Memorial visitation Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 3:00pm until time of service 7:00pm at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home 5015 Lincoln Street, Lisle, IL 60532. For more information or to sign our on-line guest book please call 630-964-9392,


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Vickie & Charlie Schimpf

November 27, 2018

Dear Patty, Joel, and April,
Words cannot express how sorry we are that Peter has passed away from this life to the next. We believe his spirit will always be with each of you, guiding you toward your best life as you go forward, just as he always has. May your wonderful memories, the love and support of your family and friends, and your faith in our merciful God comfort you in this time of grief and always.
We will miss Peter, particularly at this holiday time of year which we have been fortunate to share with Peter and all of you for many years. We look forward to many more Christmas Eves of celebrating and playing games, but we will definitely miss Peter's wonderful contribution to the festivities. We have fond memories of many other fun get-togethers too, such as the Road Rallies from years ago. We are grateful for having known Peter, and he will always be a treasured member of our family.
We are also grateful for the precious time we had together recently. Even as his health declined, Peter maintained his good nature, sense of humor, and concern for all those around him. It is such a blessing to see the positive impact he has had on so many lives. He truly has been and will continue to be an inspiration to us all.
Love, Charlie & Vickie

John Vaughn

November 23, 2018

We’ve been struggling with what to say. So tragic to lose someone. We are so sorry for your loss.
Sending prayers during this difficult time,
John, Lisa, Zoe and Chloe Vaughn

Deanna Hoogeveen

November 23, 2018

Peter was an extraordinary man, a true gentleman. From the moment I met him, he treated me with kindness and treated me like I was his friend, someone worthy of his time. Peter was an incredibly smart person yet he never talked to you like he was smarter than you. He definitely passed on that humble intelligence to Joel. Peter was very easy going, sweet, funny, caring, warm, compassionate and fun. He was one of the nicest people I've ever known. Peter always had a smile on his face with the possible exception of when the Red Sox were losing. His smile was contagious and April was definitely blessed with that same beautiful smile. Peter was very passionate about the people and things he loved. The one that means the most to me is his relationship with Patty. Peter and Patty were an awesome couple. They got along so well and their relationship just made sense. They were made for each other. Together they created a breathtaking life and beautiful family. Their love for each other was an inspiration to many. Peter treated Patty like she deserved the world and he loved her with everything he had. I will forever be grateful for how happy Peter made my best friend. Peter will be deeply missed and forever held in our hearts.

Andy Kirshner

November 21, 2018

Dear Patty, Joel, and April,

I was so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I’m sorry that he and I were out touch in the last few years, especially now. I do know how much he loved all of you, and how happy he was to have a family — something I know he always wanted. I remember that even when we were in college (I was his roommate) he adored children — as I’m sure his niece and nephew can attest. Your loss is huge, but I know that you will always carry his kindness, generosity, humility, and sense of humor with you wherever you go. April and Joel, I don’t know if you remember the camping trips that we took with your Dad and my son Eli many years ago, but we had a great time. If you are ever in Ann Arbor (say, on a college visit, April), you are always welcome in our home. I wish I could have been with you for the funeral, but I am visiting my ailing in-laws in Maryland. Sending my love to you and your whole extended family. Love, Andy Kirshner

Marissa Borchering

November 21, 2018

Dr. Clancy was my research adviser at IMSA, and helped shape a lot of who I have become academically. It is because of his mentorship that I even began to consider chemical engineering as a possibility, and his passion that kindled my interest for research. Now, those are two things I couldn't imagine my life without. He showed me that engineering wasn't the stuffy, boring place I had always imagined it to be. Instead, it was a land of discovery.
Going for our weekly meetings was always the highlight of my week because no matter what, I knew I'd get to see a kind, friendly face. On weeks that we had good news, he would celebrate; on weeks that we had no news, he was never disappointed. Rather, he would always be incredibly patient and supportive, helping us brainstorm new directions to investigate. The best part, however, was when we diverted from the project, trading jokes and talking about other cool advances in science. Without his guidance, I don't think I would have even half the drive for the sciences that I do now. He truly made the world a brighter place.

Daphne Hoffman

November 20, 2018

Dear Ms. Clancy, Joel, and April,

I did not know your father/husband well, but I'm sure he was an excellent father. He gave the world two smart, beautiful children. Two children who will strive to be the best who they can be. You both definitely take after your father well, because you both choose to excel, much like he did. His life was well lived and he will always be in your hearts and in the heart of everyone who he blessed.

I apologize for not being able to attend but here I send my condolences.

Meg Sima

November 20, 2018

Dear Patty, Joel & April,
I'm sorry I can't be with you today; David & the boys will be present, but I am unable to get off work due to the holidays. I wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Peter was such a strong man; as you know, he came on SO MANY of our training hikes for Philmont. I'm sure there were times he was not feeling well, but he never once complained and he always had a smile on his face. He shared his Boston Red Sox World Series experience on one of our training hikes. What a story, having to leave the game early because of school the next day! I made him retell the story to other leaders a couple of times because he told it so well. He was such a supporter of Joel and the scouts, and always such a kind and positive person. My heart goes out to all of you; I hope you are able to find some peace and comfort going forward.

Meg Sima

Catherine Swiger

November 18, 2018

Dear Patty,
I am so sorry to hear about Peter's passing. I remember the family gatherings at his parents' home. We had so much fun swimming with the family in the swimming pool, and enjoying cookouts in the summer when Peter and Paul were young boys.
Peter had such a kind heart. He always sent Christmas cards to my mom with pictures of his beautiful family. It meant a lot to her.
I send my prayers to you and your family in this difficult time. God bless you all.
Catherine [ Honey } Spearin Swiger

Paul Hammond

November 18, 2018

Patty, April & Joel, I am so sorry for your loss. I was friends with Peter in Jr high where we had great ping pong games against each other, and high school where we competed on the track team together. I am looking at my 1978 yearbook now, here is what Peter wrote: “Paul, I hold absolutely nothing against you for being a distance runner, for we all know that shot-putters have more fun. But seriously you have been one of my best friends, one of the easiest to talk to about anything. Good luck at Bates. Peter”. One of my favorite memories of Peter was dancing with him at my wedding (1985) until my wife dragged me away saying it was time to leave. He was a fun loving guy, with an incredible smile that he used freely. He always made me laugh. Loved looking at all the pictures of him enjoying the last 20 years with you. So glad to know he turned into the loving/supportive husband ,father, & teacher one knew he would back in 1978. He was just a great human being.

Sandie Hatt Rogers

November 18, 2018

Peter was a classmate of mine at WHS. We worked together at the Dairy Queen for quite a while and it was there that I got to know him. He was quiet, kind, sensitive and had a sense of humor. I was always in awe of his intelligence. I haven't seen him in many years, but it looks like his life was one of multiple successes. I can imagine him being an awesome teacher. We will all be thinking of your family as you struggle to go on without this great man.