Mears was born on 8 September 1922. He was educated at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth. Ordained in 1947, he began his ministry with curacies at Mostyn and Rhosllannerchrugog before being appointed Vicar of Cwm. From 1959 to 1973 he was a lecturer at Cardiff University after which he became the vicar of St Mark’s Gabalfa, his last position before his ordination to the episcopate.
- BBC Wales
- Diocese of Bangor
- "Bishop Cledan Mears (1922-2014) - The Diocese of Bangor". Bangor.churchinwales.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
- Crockford's Clerical Directory2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 9780715110300)
- Who's Who2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
- Bangor Civic Society
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