CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- A well known and loved man within U of I sports, died this morning. Tony Clements battled brain cancer for over a year.
He was only 68 years old. Clements graduated from the U of I in 1972, and went on to spend his career there. He was the director of campus recreation and helped to develop the ARC. He was also well known as the man in the pinstripes, as the official scorer for Illini basketball games.
Mike Haile is one of Clements best friends. They've known each other for 36 years, he says tony was one of a kind.
"I can't think of anybody who didn't like Tony Clements after they spent two minutes with him. He had such a personality and he would always make you laugh. He was a battler, he was a fighter on this thing till the end and I think that's what everybody marveled at. He always had a smile on his face even when he was facing the toughest obstacles in his battle with cancer."
The two of them accomplished all three of those things before he died. Clements was also the interim C.E.O. of Champaign County United Way. His friends say he was a man who loved people, and people loved him right back.