Clyde Richard Broadwater, Barton, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 14, 2015 at his home.
He was born on March 27, 1937 in Barton and grew up in Westernport. He was the son of Rueben Bond Broadwater and Ethel Broadwater. He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Vernon, Eldred and Harold (Jim) Broadwater.
He is survived by a wonderful daughter, Stacey June Minoglio and her husband Dino. A very precious and wonderful grandson, Anthony Bond Minoglio, named for both of his great grandfathers. Clyde is also survived by his brothers, Kenny and Gary, and his loving partner and soul mate for many years, Marlene Sutherland.
Clyde graduated from Bruce High School in 1955. He excelled and lettered in sports and activities which were soccer, basketball and baseball. He lettered as an eighth grader in soccer. Clyde’s younger years found him on a baseball diamond or active in some sports activity. He played three years varsity baseball for Bruce High School. He hit .525 his senior year and won the batting title for that year. He also played on two state basketball teams in the Augie Eichorn era of 1953 and 1954. He lettered 15 times during his high school years.
Clyde played in several area leagues and several local teams in the 1950‘s and 1960‘s including Westvaco’s Bi-State League before his formal education. He also played baseball for the Fifth Calvery in the Eighth Army while serving in Korea. During his formal education in college he co-captained his varsity soccer and baseball teams for three years at Frostburg State University. He was also a super Pittsburgh Pirates fan. In fact he was such a good hitter and catcher that he actually tried out for the team. He saw many baseball games at Old Forbes field. After graduation from college while teaching and coaching, he was a scout for the Cincinnati Reds. He said the most enjoyable activity or sport was playing fast pitch softball with his buddies that made it back from the Korean War. They were family, neighbors and guys he knew all his life. Family and old timers would gather for over forty years to enjoy the camaraderie they enjoyed as teen agers. His ex-wife Hope Hopkins family’s place on South Branch River was the scene of many picnics and ball games. They later moved to New Germany, Savage River and Grantsville, where his great grandparents were born and raised. Clyde remained a fan of all sports, especially the youth throughout his life. To many he will be remembered as one of the areas outstanding athletes. To others a fun loving friend that loved life. The biggest gift he gave was the love he had for his family, to those he was Dad, Honey or Pap. Clyde was a special person that left strangers calling him friend.
Clyde’s military service included a tour in Korea. He was with Eighth Army as an engineer and special forces chemical division. He was a member at Westernport Victory Post 155 and the V.F.W. at Post 6775 in McCoole.
He loved horses and going to the races at several tacks around the country. One of his greatest pleasures was to watch his daughter ride and perform on some of the best quarter horses throughout the country. Clyde and his wife at that time bred and raised quarter horses through the seventies, eighties and nineties.
His under graduate work in P.E. and Biology and his MS at W.V. University in the sixties was in the area of steroids. He often said that when watched the games at Forbes Field, there were very few guys that had large arms, shoulders, neck and back muscles. Later on everyone seemed to have those qualities. He was able to prove in his studies how testing with somatatrophin and steroids (HGH) affected bone and muscle strength and individual performance. The studies showed not only a remarkable recovery of an injury, but the tensile strength of a bone before it would break. The rate of kinetic movement and growth of muscle and body was objectively measured in these studies. It was obvious why drugs and steroids became so prevalent in the last forty years.
Clyde earned a BS degree from Frostburg State University in 1966 in physical education and science. He earned his MS Degree from West Virginia University in 1967 with emphasis on five different areas which included health, physical education, recreation and safety. He completed his education with several hours toward his doctors degree in special education. Clyde held teaching and coordinating positions at all levels of education. He also coached varsity soccer and baseball. He was a pioneer and strong advocate for girls sports throughout his career. Clyde had double units of soccer, basketball and softball for all girls in physical education in the late sixties before Title IX was enacted by government mandates.
Clyde complimented his teaching degrees in the summer months by developing and directing the first dyslectic co-educational residential summer camp on the east coast. Being dyslectic himself he knew how hard it was for these children. It was named Camp Little Big Horn in Taney town, Maryland. He also developed and directed his synthetic fire log company in the early seventies. He was a partner in developing Hunt Valley Medical Center in Cockysville. He worked there as a physicians assistant for 15 years. He later received his Real Estate Brokers license and worked for Long and Foster. Before retiring he worked for five years for the American Red Cross by setting up and helping with their blood drives through out that area. He used his medical training and skills for drawing blood that he learned as a PA and Lab Tech at hunt Valley Medical Center. He will be sadly missed by his soul mate, his family, friends and his baseball and golfing buddies.
Family and friends will be received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport on Wednesday from 2 to 5 pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11:00 am with Pastor Greg Hammond officiating.
Interment will be in Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap, Flintstone.