WINTERPORT and LONGWOOD, Fla. - Ret. Lt. Col. Stephen Clark, 94, resident of Longwood, Fla., passed away peacefully Oct. 17, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. Stephen was born Nov. 29, 1918, in Winterport the first son of Maurice G. and Ruth (Emerson) Clark.
Stephen grew up on the Clark farm in Winterport. He attended and graduated from Winterport High School, class of 1936. He like so many others of the Greatest Generation had little, but made the most of what God gave him and that was talent. In 1939 Stephen joined the U.S. Army and started a 33 year career with Uncle Sam. As a career Infantrymen he served all over the world. His career included tours during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He started as a Private at Fort Williams, and completed his distinguished Army career at Fort Hamilton, N.Y., as a Lieutenant Colonial. His service placed him in countries including Panama, Italy, Philippines, Iran, Germany, and Vietnam. His stateside service included tours of duty at Fort Benning, Ga., where as a newly commissioned Lieutenant, he was pinned by General Omar Bradley who was at the time a colonel. Stephen served at the Pentagon during the Cuban Missile Crisis; he was a Battalion Commander in the Alaskan Territories, yet his favorite assignment was the Commander of the Bangor High School JROTC Program where he enjoyed teaching the young students. During World War II he was a company Commander of a heavy weapons company, where he, like so many others saw heavy combat action in Europe. It was in Northern Italy that his actions warranted his first Bronze Star. It was one of the many awards he would receive during his military career. In 1972 he left the Army and retired home to his beloved wife, Christine. Together they built a beautiful home in Longwood, Fla. There they would be at each other's side day and night for the next 35 years. Stephen enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and gardening as well as baseball. He loved the Red Sox and over the years with family and friends attended many games. He enjoyed Major League Baseball's spring training and attended many of those games with his sister and brother-in-law, Bill and Louise. All that knew Stephen, family, friends, and neighbors, knew that he was a kind and gentle soul. He was a loved man, and a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle, and friend. He will be dearly missed.
Stephen was predeceased by his parents; his loving wife of 64 years, Christine Hammond Clark; his children, Carolyn Ann and Stephen Clark Jr.; and his sisters, Ruth, Pauline, Consuelo "Connie" El-Hajj, Ardel Casey, Olive, and Hope Higgins Adams. Stephen is survived by his sister, Faith McCusker of Tolland, Conn.; brother, Joshua Martin Clark of Winterport; as well as several nieces and nephews and their families.
The Clark family expresses a special note of gratitude and thanks to all of the medical support personnel that cared for Stephen and assisted his family during this difficult time.
A memorial service celebrating Stephen's life will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Oct, 21, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave,, Hampden. Family and friends are invited to visit from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Stephen's honor may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared though www.hampdengilpatrick.com.
Hampden Gilpatrick Funeral Home
45 Western Avenue
Hampden, ME 04444-0310
Published in BDN Maine on Oct. 18, 2013