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James F. Clark Sr.

Dec 25, 1938 - Apr 18, 2017

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Canterbury, CT - James F. Clark, Sr., 78, of Canterbury, CT, husband of Carol A. Kent, died suddenly on April 18, 2017. Jim was a Christmas baby and proud of it. He was born on December 25, 1938, in St. Stephen, Canada - his mother choosing to cross the border from Calais, ME, where he was raised to give birth - an oft repeated story Jim liked to tell along with his many other stories.
Jim had three children: Jim Jr. (fiancée Amy Littlefield) and grandchildren Bryan Gordon and Rachel, Danielle and Dylan Clark; Mary Jane Murphy (husband David) and grandchildren Devlin Dorval (partner Kim and great grandchild Madison), and Samantha and Colin Murphy; and David (spouse Lyn and son Nathan) and his stepchildren: Todd Doolittle and Tracy Doolittle (grandson Jake).
He was the first born of Frank and Doris (Hammond) Clark. Brothers and sisters to follow included: Ruth Baldwin of Pittsfield, MA; Janet Moulton of Windham, ME (spouse Joseph); Barbara Ouelette of Pembroke, NH (Spouse Leo) ; Larry Clark of Calais, ME (spouse Shirley); Nancy Dennet of South Berwick, ME (spouse John); and Donald Clark of Point Kittery, ME (partner Susan MacNicholl). He also had many nieces and nephews. Family reunions, initiated by Jim, were large and important affairs.
Jim and Carol, wife of 25 years, have lived in Canterbury, CT, for the past 27 years -a town where Jim served on the Planning and Zoning board, the CERT Team and Democratic Town Committee. He was also board member of United Services, Inc. and board member and of Trout Unlimited, Thames Valley Chapter. An important part of his life was the Rotary Club of Mystic for which he was Past President, Paul Harris Fellow and member of many committees. He spent most Mondays in Mystic assuring his 17-year "perfect attendance" record.
He was a graduate of Nasson College and got his MSW from UCONN. He retired in May 2008 after more than 30 years as Executive Director of several multi-million dollar non-profit agencies, including Community Mental Health Centers of Bangor, ME, Springfield, MA, Southeastern, CT, and Hartford, CT , retiring from the Noank Baptist Group Homes, Noank, CT.
His creative outlet was designing and building a cottage on the St. Croix River in Canada and the house numerous outbuildings and stone walls in Canterbury. He enjoyed hunting fishing with Brother Larry and kayaking and numerous trips nationally and internationally with Carol.
Celebrations of his life will be held in CT and this summer in Canada at dates to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Mystic, Box 153, Mystic, CT 06355-0153 or United Service, Inc., 1007 N. Main St., Dayville, CT 06241.
Published on  April 22, 2017
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