Clement Paul Pepe

Born: Fri., Oct. 14, 1955
Died: Fri., Apr. 27, 2018

Celebration of Life

4:00 PM Thu., May 03, 2018

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Boston- Clement Paul Pepe, 62, also of Douglas passed away Fri. April 27, 2018 peacefully in his sleep beside his husband, Lawrence A. Basile.
Clem is also survived by his devoted mother Geraldine Pepe; his brothers Ralph, Paul, Steve, and Chuck; his sisters-in-law, Vicki, Kathy, and Nancy; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, and great nieces.
Clem Pepe was born on October 14, 1955 in Amsterdam, NY to Salvatore Pepe and Geraldine (Wassel) Pepe.  Salvatore and Geraldine were for many years proprietors of Pepe’s Bakery in Amsterdam, a business that was founded by Clem’s great-grandparents, Salvatore and Vincenza, in 1904. Although it has evolved, Pepe’s Bakery is still in business today. One of five  siblings, Clem attended local public schools, and participated in theater and scouting, attaining the rank of Eagle at the age of 17.
Clem graduated from The State University of NY at Buffalo in 1977 with a degree in Theater Arts, and lived for some time in Albany, NY. Clem met his future partner and husband, Lawrence Basile, in Provincetown  in 1992 during the “summer of love.”  They made their first home together in Boston’s South End shortly thereafter, Clem and Larry became prominent in Boston’s Gay Community through their activism and philanthropy. Partnering with many organizations and individuals, they worked for the advancement of civil rights, for the development of Boston’s gay youth, and on behalf of people with AIDS and HIV. Clem’s love for entertaining showed through in his many drag personas and his willingness to teach others his craft. Known as Kitty and Ciel he was beloved as an entertainer from Cape Cod to New York City.
There will be a celebration of Clem’s life at his Boston home at 1200 Washington Street, unit 405, from 4- 7pm on Thurs. May 3, 2018. In  lieu of flowers, donations in Clem’s memory may be made to: Community Servings ( To leave a condolence message for his family please visit:

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Karen Malpass
   Posted Sun April 29, 2018
Mrs. Pepe, Ralph, Paul, Steve, Chuck, and Larry. I am so sorry for your loss of Clem. Cliff and I always speak of our Sand Island escapades and the Horrible sounds of Clem’s trumpet playing on Lincoln Avenue. He was a joy. Larry, we have never met, but We have heard of yours and Clem’s life together. So happy that Clem found you. He will be missed. Keeping all in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere condolences....Karen and Cliff

Tom Gregory
   Posted Sun April 29, 2018
So sad! Clem was always such a kind and loving person. Never once saw him without a smile no matter what was going on. I will miss him...

carol persico
   Posted Mon April 30, 2018
My sincere condolences to Geri and family on the passing of Clem.

Abe Rybeck
   Posted Mon April 30, 2018
Dear Larry and all in Clem's family. I am sending you warm love and light as you face this terribly sad loss for your family and our community. Clem brought inspiration and joy to so many. I wish I could be with you to celebrate his unique life, but sadly I will be out of town. Please know that I am with you in spirit.

Vincent-louis Apruzzese
   Posted Thu May 03, 2018
So sorry to hear about Clem. It's been a long time since I have seen either of you and hope only the best for you.


Laura Rood
   Posted Thu May 03, 2018

Dear Larry and the Pepe/ Basile family

I was so sorry to hear about Clem’s passing. I was the witness to the summer of love and saw it grow for over 25 years. I learned about tattoos and piercings ,long before they were so popular, from Clem. And also other things .......🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤭

May you all find peace knowing Clem lived and led a good life on earth and will be rewarded in the next.


Laura Rood

Barbara Kensell Weyl
   Posted Wed May 09, 2018
To the Pepe family and Clem’s husband Lawrence,
I was so shocked and saddened to read of Clem’s passing.
I remember Clem from when he was my neighbor and we all played together. He was the sweetest, caring and most compassionate person even at that young age.
It sounds like he grew to be a caring and compassionate man. I am sorry he passed away so young.
He will be missed by many
Barb Weyl


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