LOS ANGELES — Ben Clareman, a sales executive for textile supplier Springs Industries, died of cancer on Feb. 23 at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pa. He was 87.

Clareman also served as an adviser to his son’s company, Self Esteem, a juniors’ resource in Los Angeles.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Clareman was an Air Force crew chief for P-38 fighter planes during World War II, serving in North Africa and Italy. He went into the apparel industry after the war, working for Springs’ apparel fabric division from 1954 to 1985. His son, Richard, who was a fixture at the office for many years, took over his job upon his retirement.

Richard Clareman said his father’s proudest moment came when the son launched Self Esteem in 1997. “He was so happy — it was one of his greatest regrets that he didn’t go out on his own,” said the younger Clareman.

In addition to his son, Ben Clareman is survived by his wife, Gloria; a daughter, Elizabeth Robinson, and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be sent to Lankenau Hospital Development Office, Lankenau Hospital, 100 Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, Pa. 19096.

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