WATERVILLE - Frederick William Clark, Jr., 89, passed away at Oak Grove Center on August 24, 2015.
He was born on July 26, 1926, in Calais, Maine to Frederick and Hannah Clark and attended schools in Calais until he left high school to join the U.S. Army Air Forces. During his time in the service in World War II, Fred served in Germany, Mississippi and Texas. He was a member of the Calais High School class of 1945. Following his time in the military, Fred also served as a United States Border Patrol Agent in Arizona.
Fred worked for the Dead River Company for 40 years and worked his way up from driving a delivery truck to retiring as one of the company's senior executives. Fred managed operations for Dead River in Machias, Rumford and Waterville and held the position of District Manager at the time of his retirement. During his career, Fred mentored many other future executives. Fred never forgot where he came from and always took care of people and treated them like family.
Fred married his childhood sweetheart and next door neighbor, Shirley Tyler. Fred and Shirley celebrated 67 years of marriage earlier this year and raised two children together as they moved around Maine following Fred's career, making new friends and creating new memories along the way.
Fred was an avid hunter and fisherman and a Registered Maine Guide. He was a life member of the Waterville Lodge of Elks (BPOE) and the American Legion.
Fred attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Waterville for many years and served as a home teacher for the church.
Fred was a tough guy with a heart of gold who would always be ready to give you his last dollar if you needed it and had a reputation for giving the best "bear hugs" ever.
Survivors include his wife Shirley Clark; sister Charlotte Fleming; daughter Lynn Wood; son John Clark (Kathryn); grandsons Matthew and Adam Wood; great-grandson Adrian Wood; and many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including the staff at Oak Grove Center, Maine General Hospice and Inland Hospital who took such great care of Fred when he needed it most. He was pre-deceased by his sister Thelma Hunnewell and brothers James Clark and John Clark.
True to their lifelong commitment to one another, Fred and Shirley previously committed to a joint memorial service at a later date when they join each other in eternal peace.
The family has requested that any memorial donations be provided to:
The Alzheimer's Association
383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C
Scarborough, ME 04074