Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) Wednesday released the following statement on the passing of Durham community leader and corporate executive, A.J. Howard Clement, III:
“It is with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my dear friend for more than 40 years, A.J. Howard Clement, III. Throughout his 30 years in elected office, Howard was able to relate to all segments of the Durham community.
“Before serving on the City Council, Howard Clement was a strong leader with Durham’s civil rights movement, often mentoring North Carolina Central University students who were participants. I was a beneficiary of his counsel.
“I will always remember Howard Clement for the great conviction he showed in his work on behalf of the community. I extend my deepest sympathy to the Clement family during this difficult time. Durham is a better community because of the life and work of A.J. Howard Clement, III.”
A.J. Howard Clement, III retired from public service in 2013 as the longest-serving member of the Durham City Council.