Roberto Clemente's Widow, Vera Clemente, has Passed Away

Jared Martin

They say that behind every great man is a great woman, and it's certainly true. The world lost one of those great women on Saturday in Vera Clemente - the widow of Roberto Clemente. Clemente was hospitalized in Puerto Rico last month and passed away on November 16.

Vera served as a goodwill ambassador for the MLB. Here is a statement on Vera from Commissioner Manfred:

"All of us at Major League Baseball are saddened by the passing of Vera Clemente, the wife of legendary Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente. As a Goodwill Ambassador for MLB, Vera impacted countless children and extended her family’s humanitarian legacy of helping those in need. With grace and strength, she led the way in welcoming players to the fraternity of Roberto Clemente Award winners, the single most prestigious off-the-field honor in our game. Vera’s baseball family will miss her greatly. We send our deepest condolences to Roberto Jr., Luis, Enrique, the entire Clemente family, the fans of Pittsburgh and Puerto Rico, and her many admirers across our game.”

In addition to being a goodwill ambassador, Vera was also the chairwoman of the Roberto Clemente Foundation. Pirates' owner, Bob Nutting, also offered his thoughts yesterday:

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Vera Clemente, the widow of the great Roberto Clemente and a cherished member of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Major League Baseball family.

Vera epitomized grace, dignity and strength in the wake of heartbreaking tragedy and loss. Following Roberto’s passing, Vera raised their three sons into outstanding men, while also working tirelessly to ensure her and her husband’s shared vision of compassion, service and love of others lived on forever.

Vera was an amazing ambassador for the Pirates organization, our city, the game of baseball and their beloved Puerto Rico. It is with very heavy hearts that we send our condolences to Roberto Jr., Luis, Enrique and the entire Clemente family. May they find comfort in knowing that Vera and Roberto are together once again.

Roberto and Vera had three sons, Roberto Jr, Luis Roberto, and Roberto Enrique.

The Clemente family will forever be royalty in Pittsburgh due to the legacy of Roberto and Vera. 

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