Now that is a well written and true obit worth reading. My prayers to the family and my hat off to a man who lived life to the fullest.
Feel you were with us last evening at Pier 23, for the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation gig. It was "our" kind of gathering; couple of glasses raised to you. Continue to be the guiding light that you are.
Fred, I hope to meet you in spirit when I get to the other side. I don’t agree with all of your politics, and, alas, I am married to a man who does believe in your political views. And, I love him anyway. I loved your sons’ description of you, "he was often wrong, but never in doubt". I can feel your wife and sons loved you and will greatly miss you. Thank you for a wonderfully descriptive obituary. It is a solace to your family & friends and a smiling read and inspiration to those of us who did not know you in life.
Awesome!!! This is the way an obituary should read! Fred must've been quite a guy....so sorry not to have made his acquaintance!
I'm very sorry to hear of your demise and that we never met. Shirley we must be related!
RIP Fred. That's the type of obit I'd like, but I'd want my ashes put in a wine bottle and thrown in the ocean. Only way I'll ever see the world! I agree. Throw the bums out. I'll get ripped one night soon in your honor. Tonight's as good as ever! Cheers!!
Awesome obit. I'm sorry I never met you Fred. Rest in Peace.
GoneButNotForgotten says: If this tribute doesn't make you feel like living life to the fullest, you should check your pulse...Your time may already be up. Rest in Peace, Dear Fred ... I never even knew ya', but we are sure that you are loved, and will surely be missed!
Fred- you old goat! Well said.
Keeping it real all the way to the end. RIP Fred! LOL! :)
I do not know, nor have ever heard of your loving father, but i loved this tribute. If ever an obit explained the man, this is the one! I will toast Fred with my next bottle of Guiness.
Fred, you were my kind of people. Wish I had a chance to buy you a beer while you were still around. RIP good sir!
aaah crap .. can I copy this for mine?
Lol, this reminds me what my friend said when his uncle died: "It was better to have had him and to have lost them, than to put up with him another moment longer."
Thanks for giving us all something to think about Fred.
right on fred!!! finally some honesty in the face of death. so sorry to the family. i'm sure this character will be missed. what an inspiration!
When I get to Heaven with you, before I answer any questions from God, I'm going to have one for him. Where's Fred?
You make me want to swim in the Wicomico River!!!
Thanks for keeping real...
Family of Fred,
How fortunate you were to be a part of Fred's life. How fortunate for Fred (and us) that you shared this with us. Fred sounds like he was a fine man. My condolences.
I wish I'd have met you in person. What a pleasure to learn of a true stand up guy who lived life to the fullest!
Can't wait to have a drink with you one day
I just copied that entire obit to use in the future for myself. Thank you good sir, nothing wrong with a regular guy stating regular things to the people he may or may not have known.
Here is one for you Fred see you on the other side
God Speed good sir. I am an ACLU volunteer and I would loved to have bought you a drink, not because we would ever agree politically, but we agree about life. God *censored* Speed Good Sir!
A man after my own heart.
Never met Fred, but Godpseed. A normal guy among normal guys.
I love an honest description. Sounds like a heck of a guy. He'll surely be missed.
You sir... were a rockstar.
See you on the other side, save a stool for me sir!
Glad to know someone with my kinda humor is waiting on the other side. See you when I see you!
Fred, I wish I had known ya! Cool Obit!
Fred, you have inspired me to get rip roarin' drunk and go wild with my girlfriend this weekend - to hell with the Super Bowl, I've got a promise to keep to my new oldest friend.
Godspeed, Fred! May we drink together later since I missed the chance now!
Fred sounds like some salty old bastard that I would have been proud to have had as an alcoholic uncle... One final canon salute to the river is indeed a proper sendoff for such a man. RIP
A Man among Men.. God Speed
Mark Twain once said he had no use for heaven if he couldn't smoke cigars, drink burbon or chase women. Perchance the Twain of you shall meet somewhere across the divide.
I never met you Fred but after your obit I think you would've been my hero. Fred, you rock.
Dear Fred, you sound exactly like my beloved (if sometimes infuriating) husband of 7 years. I hope that in another 30 years we will still love each other as much as you and your wife. Life is not always easy with a man of this caliber, but it sure is interesting. Cheers! :-)
Dear Fred, you sound exactly like my beloved (if sometimes infuriating) husband of 7 years. I hope that in another 30 years we will still love each other as much as you and your wife. Life is not always easy with a man of this caliber, but it sure is interesting. Cheers! :-)
Normally I don't drink on weeknights, but I'm going to tonight, I only hope I can get trashed enough to properly honor this American Hero!
All I can say is "Amen". Hope I get to meet you in the afterlife, Fred - you sound like my kinda guy!
If I still drank, I'd definitely raise one in your honor, my friend that I never actually met. R.I.P. brother.
fred: you are (or were) the man!
God bless this man! What a way to put things
I'd be interested in joining that phonebooth gathering. I never knew you, yet I doubt I'll ever forget you. God bless.
If my Obit is half as epic as yours Fred ill be happy... You sound as if you were one hell of a guy wish i could of sat down and had a roarer with you.
Fred, tonight I'll head to the ABC and get hammered for you.
Wonderful! I wish I'd been able to know such a down-to-earth person!
Never knew Fred but love him now. I hope his friends and family will adopt Freds genuinly endearing qualities as part of thier own. I hope there is Bourbon in heaven. If not I'll try to take him some when I go.
This is the coolest obit ever and I would have been proud to have met Fred and called him my friend.
Fair thee well Fred. I'm sorry we never had a chance to meet.
Mr. Clark-I hope when I pass on and I see you in that twisting nether space I can shake your hand and buy you a drink with my cloud money. You are a man after my own heart.... God bless and keep you and your family.
Fred, I never knew you, but you seem like you probably were a fun guy. Condolences to your family, though it sounds like left them in good spirits.
- Jake (not in VA)
God bless and keep you, Fred. Though we never met, I can say that you led an exemplary life. I'll be saving a copy of your obituary so my wife and family will know how I want mine to be written. I raise my glass to you, sir!
I didn't know Fred, but tonight I will toast his mediocrity and tomorrow morning I will regret it.
I never knew Fred. It is obviously my loss because he sounds like my kind of person. Good luck Fred.
I dont even know Fred - my bro just recently pased and someone asked if I saw this obit. I am VERY IMPRESSED - wow - I believe who ever wrote his obit knew him very well - I hope my family writes my obit this way
That is the most real/cutest obit I have ever read. I do not know you all but I do Thank your sweet family for recognizing what Fred would have wanted written - "Each to their own" as they say.
Bless your sweet family - wish I had one like it. Sincerely, Elizabeth
After reading this obit , I know my Mom is having side splitting laughs and great times with Fred. God bless you and your family , You were truly 1 special person. not even knowing you I'll look you up when I join my Mom and you at Home !!
Mario...this Trevor Parchment, your phone # came up "private"...still don't have contact number 4 u...my friend's e-mail is email@example.com & my # is 954 655-6655...contact me again ASAP... I want @ come & visit u...One Love
Yeah Fred, I will throw one down for you.
Fred, I never met you....but I feel like I have known you all my life. Hopefully someday we will meet up and have a brew. Best wishes for you and your family----I am dedicating my inebriation tonight to you brother!!!
Well Fred I never knew ya but I'll drink a shot to ya!!
Fred, you sound like a great normal guy and I'll tip one to you tonite!
Fred you sounded alot like my dad, I lost him June 6th 2007. If I know my dad and the sounds of you! You two have become great buds. Tell Richard Ferrell his baby girl said hi, and I love him. May both you have a drink together.
When I enter the Pearly Gates I hope Fred is there to welcome me, along of course with my dad and brother and my dogs. Cheers to Fred and to the person who so eloquently eulogized him in this obituary.
A toast to Fred who clearly lived a good life and to his family who was lucky enough to have shared it. Salute!
Life is too short to count calories ("Shallow Hal"), so go ahead chow down on that bacon or steak or cheesecake -- just like Fred.
This is the kind of obit I hope my family will write about me. I know them too well, though, and know that they will publish the usual plain vanilla. Blah. They're chicken. Fred & his family clearly are not.
I was so moved by this obit 2 years ago that I bookmarked it.
You rock, Fred!
OH HOW MUCH HAPPIER THE WORLD WOULD BE IF WE HAD MORE FREDS! SOUNDS LIKE HE WAS QUITE AN INTERESTING AND WELL-LOVED MAN. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE MARRIED TO A FRED (JOE) FOR 20 YEARS. HE DIED AT 52, 18 YEARS AGO AND LEFT ME WITH 3 BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND A LIFETIME OF CHIRISHED MEMORIES. MRS. CLARK, YOU ARE A LUCK WOMAN TO HAVE HAD FRED. THOUGH GONE, HE WILL KEEP YOU SMILING.
Wow! What a obit. Here it is 2yrs later and they are still toasting u.You must of been one heck of a guy. Here's to you
Blessings and appropriate beverages to your family, Fred. Your memory will live on through the words left here in your honor. Right on. squidoo.com/obituary
That is an awesome obit. I am impressed - he must have been a blast. I love how he loved his wife and his country. And his bacon! Me too. Seems like those who knew him were rich.
I wish I knew him. Cheers Fred.
My glass up to you Fred,I`m sorry its only Pepsi.
Fred -- You are just the type of guy we can all love. You should have known Johnny Coates. He died this weekend. He was just the type of friend you would have loved. We all loved.
I never had the honor of meeting Fred Clark but I can say without hesitation that this world has lost a truly unique individual who understood the of meaning of life. Tonight I toast you, Mr. Clark.
What a wonderfully put tribute! Here's to you, Frederic! RIP, and may your family's tears give way to laughter and happy memories.
What a beautiful tribute to what sounds like my kind of drinking buddy. Cheers Fred!
Fred sounds like a real likable guy. Wish I had known him. Everyone needs a Fred in their life. Here's a jigger of Virginia Gentlemen just for you Fred.
I just wanted to say CONGRATS on your new Grandaughter...I know you would have had a blast with her...I know Alice has got to be in seventh heaven now she has arrived...I bet she hasn't stopped smiling...I know you are so very proud of the new parents...I know you will watch over this little one and keep her safe...I'm sure she won't be spoiled much...Again CONGRATS....Shirley
How can I be sympathic; Fred's life was everything he desired! Recently I assigned myself the honor of writing my own obit. I was struggling, but now, since reading Fred's I know where I am going with it. I just hope my children are as brave as Fred's children and will have it printed.
I actually signed this already once. Every once in a while I read this obituary again and every time I do I smile. I guess I think of this man Fred as a role model-I'm young and don't set lofty goals for myself-I just hope to master mediocrity and hopefully have great people around me to drink with and smile.
Thinking of you Fred. thanks for making me smile.
I came across this today, finally. Fred sounds like he'd have been my kinda guy, and it's shame I didn't get to meet him.
Rest assured, Fred, that I will carry on with your sense of humor and wit...
i love this obri it was so great and very amususing hope my my family writes the truth about me like this.
Fred was my supervisor at C&P Telephone Company (now Verizon). I'll never forget the time I totally shocked him (hard to believe, huh?). I went shopping on Cary St. at lunchtime and bought a pair of shoes. After lunch, I was sitting at my desk working, when several co-workers came over asking to see my shoes. His face red as a beet, Fred approached my desk and reprimanded me, because the employees were at my desk. Mind you, I was a hard-working, dedicated employee. I was furious that he singled out only me, so I totally lost my cool and let him have it! Fred was speechless! Later, discussing the situation, he told me he could always depend on me and felt he could be open with me. He said I really shocked him - can you believe that??!! Fred was a very intelligent man; one I'll never forget. My best to his wonderful wife and family!
I don't know why I read this Obit.
but I seemed to be drawn to it. I must say it was different but I totally respect his view point. He seemed to be quite the individual. One of a kind you might say. I didn't know the gentleman in life but I feel I know him in death. May he rest in peace!
I never knew Fred, but wish I had. I heard about Fred from a relitive off his who thought I'd enjoy reading his obit. Fred is totally cool. He's my new hero.
My beloved father-in-law, Bill, passed away a few days ago and honestly, this obit could have been about him. He was a dear. I'm so glad to know he's enjoying happy hour with Fred now. That must be one fun party up there with the likes of Fred and Bill. God Bless.
God Bless our troops, God Bless our firefighters and God Bless America.
I was looking online to view the obituary of my own brother who happened to share the same last name when I came across this wonderful farewell. While reading this entry, I forgot my own sorrows if only for a moment. I just wish I could have known this Gentlemen. Sounds like he enjoyed his life and family.
Just wanted to wish you a Happy Father's Day. I know on this day you are being missed dearly. This is the first fathers day that your family is celebrating without you. You are being missed alot around here. Congrats on the new grandbaby on the way. I'm sure you will watch over Sara and help her though all this sickness. I'm sure Alice will spoil this baby for the both of you. Love. Shirley
P.S. Madison is doing great and starting school in the fall.She has a little sister on the way.
Rest in peace Fred. Blessing to your family.
I immensely enjoyed your talk at WINGS this morning. Especially touching was when you mentioned how you and Fred held hands on drives together. There is nothing on earth so wondrous and beautiful as to love and to be loved unconditionally by your soul mate.
Alice and Family,
I first read this months ago and you have been on my mind ever since. How wonderful to have shared his life with him. I'm sure there were very few dull moments!! Loving prayers to you and your family.
Alice. When you began to speak, I knew instantly we were standing on Holy Ground. Thank you for the gift of your story and Fred's.
Thanks for sharing Fred's story at Church on Sunday. We were all moved to tears at the love you guys shared and your courageousness.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
God Bless a man like Fred who made us think of how good life is on his way out the door. Cheers to you my friend!!
God Bless You, Fred - I dropped everything and RAN to the liquor store. There were a bunch of other people there grieving for you as well.
Alice & Family,
Thinking about you and your family.
The Harrison's told us about Fred in June and we did share your grief; Knowing how much your husband would be missed.
Today I ran across the note with your name on it and decided to let you know that you are still in our thoughts..
I am sure the holidays will be very hard. Praying for you.
Connie & Gary Hegemier
First Systems & Resources Inc
I'm so sorry for you loss. Fred sounded like a wonderful person, so full of life with the best personality. I am Rae Owens' sister, Jeanne. She was one your best friend in high school. I left you a message on the web site. Just want you to know I'm thinking about you and know Fred is in a good place maybe talking to Rae. You take care of yourself. I have thought of you often for years and remember you and Fred and Rae babysitting your first son.
Know I'm thinking of you and your family.
Jeanne Owens Dalton
Damn Fine Work, Fred! Often the essential absurdity of life becomes crystalline clear only in death, or in this case the well-reasoned contemplation of same. I admire your work and salute your memory. I wish I would have known you, but suspect there is a bit of your great and substantial humor in us all. God willing... and with the hope of impish angels abounding.
Well, Fred, I wonder if everyone where you are holds his/her tongue in the cheek as well as you. Enjoy your afterlife...you will live on in our memories.
I loved the way you lived your ife , i think you must have been an australian in past life, you sure sound like a good old aussie to me
Ray Taarnby Adelaide South Australia
HELLO FRED... I WISH I HAD OF MET YOU SOMETIME IN YOUR LIFE. I LOVE PEOPLE WHO CAN MAKE ME LAUGH. YOU WERE THAT KIND OF PERSON. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN THE UPPER ROOM. SINCERELY, PAMELA SELF AUGUSTA GEORGIA
I know Fred will have many friends in heaven..if heaven is there...and if it's not? Well it sounds like he had a heaven on earth. Please look up my Dad, Fred. He's the one with the cheap gin martini in his hand come 5pm. You two would get on well. Condolences to the family and peaceful hearts to them all.
god makes few like u fred you will be well missed
To the family of Famous Fred, his obituary is one of a kind and it made me chuckle a little. I know you all are missing him. Fred's the kind of person we need around these days, so in light of the moment, tonite Fred, I lift my glass to you. SA--LUTE!
Fred, I surely hope with all my heart that I will have the lightheartedness and willingness to accept life, give it a smirk, and have a drink to toast it. My condolences to the family; rest assured, he will always be with you. So remember the good times & great jokes, and be on your best behavior.
Fred, is it as great a place as they say it is? Does it exceed your expectations? Is the bar open 24/7? Is there stratification based on your political bent? Thinking of you, again.
I lost my father 9 years ago. His sense of humor is what I miss most.
My condolences to the Clark family.
Dear Fred. If you're looking for someone to hang out with until more of us join you please look for my Mom. You'll know her because she's the only one in heaven wearing a brown velour pant suit - because she knows I hate it. Wink.
God Bless you, Fred. I hope I can crash an ACLU get-together before my time comes up. Hope we meet some day (but not too soon).
Fred - You are a man to be admired and emulated. I look forward to our eventual meeting.
Fred, I look forward to meeting you and tipping a couple when I make my hopeful arrival. God bless you and your family.
Hey Fred, Sorry to say that I never met you but I am damn sure that I would have liked to have a few drinks and get to know you better.
Fred, we had so much in common it's a shame we never met in this lifetime. I am looking forward to meeting you in the Hereafter! God Bless You and your family.
HERE'S TO FRED,I EXPECT A REAP ROARING DRUNKENHAPPY PARTY TO HONOR ME WHEN I GO SPRINKLE MY ASHES OVER THE OCEAN AT THE BEACH!
Fred, You're my HERO, man. Lookin' forward to bending an elbow with ya' in the "great upland" whenever I get there.
Hope it's nice up there and you find some of my kinfolk who could use a smile like the one you gave me. Some of them might really like to hang out with you. Wish we'd met, hope to look you up when I move upstairs.
Fred's family, bless you for having to let go of this charming soul. Thanks for putting together this delightful tribute and giving us a smile.
wish i had met Fred here, hope to meet him there.
Good for you Fred!
Here's to Fred. May there be more people like him.
This should be an example of what people enjoy hearing about when a loved one passes on. I love it and even though I don't know Fred, I feel like I got to know who he was, if only a little.
You're a great inspiration. Hope all goes well for you in the here after. Best wishes!!
Wow! I saved a copy of this for my own obituary. The names will be changed but most of the thoughts are mine too!
What a great obit. I just read it today. There's a friend up there that I think you'll enjoy meeting. Martin Creighton. He was the bartender at Rare Olde Times who passed away just after St. Paddy's day, 2006. I'm sure he'll enjoy your company.
Fred ... hope your smilin down on all of us. What a great guy. Sam
Alice,Andy & Fred did you really proud tonight. They sang your favorite song. I thought we would crack up when they started singing it. Fred and his friend did a wonderful job of playing Amazing Grace on the guitar and banjo. I don't know about the others but that song always brings a tear to my eyes, and tonight was no exception. I understand you went out with a BIG BANG last night. You're home at the lake. God give your family peace to know you're OK with all this. By the way Madison is doing great. She turned 4 today. Take care and hope to see you in the future.
Scott and Shirley
I am from Richmond and read the obit. in the paper when Fred passed. I have to admit the when I first read it, I thought it was a joke, but after reading it a second time, I thought, WOW...what a great guy!! I only hope that I can enjoy life as much as he obviously did. Fred, I never met you, but you're a legend!!! Rest in peace...
Sorry we never had a chance to share a drink.Look forward to meeting you in the here after.
Mr & Mrs Michael J Morrison
Fred, you are truly a gentleman who went out in style. May we all emulate you.
I wish that I could of met you, more importantly I wish there were millions like you, the world would be a better place. Swift journey sweet prince..
There's a poem that tells us the dash between the dates of birth and death represent what matters most in one's life, and it appears Fred used his "dash" very well. From one Clark to another, tho not related, Way to go, Fred. Best to the family; know you'll miss him.
Fred, you sound like my kind of guy. Hope to meet up with you someday, though not anytime soon.
Sounds alot like my Tony who passed away this past April. My how I miss him-he was my love and my life. May your heart keep him safe and may the laughs and wisdom he left be forever shared with others
Here's looking at you kid. May you rest in peace. 1 for you 1 for me and one for the wife's
Fred. We never knew you personally but we agree with your philosophy on life. The world needs more people like you. You will be missed !!!
Butch & Young
Good Man. God Bless America
What a life and philosophy to live by.
I didn't know you, but I hope when it is my time to meet you in the great beyond that I have the same sense of humor and great family that you have. You were obviously a gem on this Earth.
I never knew you, and yet, you are me.
We'll miss you, Fred! You sound like a fun guy. They'll have fun with you up there!
Even now I am having a hard time remembering your face. I can't believe you are gone, your time was so short it's like you were hardly here at all. You will be missed (esp. @ the liquor store). Good-bye cruel world!
I have two drinks.... One for each of ya
Bless your darlin' heart, Fred. I wish I had known you before, but I am glad as hell I met you now anyway. Your family was very lucky to have had you...and my heart is with them in their time of their loss of your physical presence.
Have a blast, dude!
I lift my glass to Fred! Heaven will be a better place for all with him there.May he bring joy and laughter to all those who have gone on before him.
May Fred's HERITAGE survive this modern day tripe.....Let the Bell's
ring out for Fred.....an unforgetable neighbor and friend,
Way to go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
what an amazing person..i wish i had the opportunity to meet such a caring individual..
I'm a bit late, but I've been drinking.
Sir, this next Bourbon is for you.
I only hope when I go I will be remembered with as much love and honesty as Fred. RIP my friend and my next blackout is dedicated to you.
Judge Lyonell K Richardson
My sympathy to the family. Enjoy your memories of Fred, I bet he has left you with some good ones!
What a wonderful man. His legacy of love will live on and that is all any of us can hope for.
Alice and family,
I feel such a deep loss of a great man; a man that has just freed the rest of us from our own guilt of "mediocrity"! I appreciate Fred's insight and honesty and I realize that the simple act of loving and caring for your family is the most important thing you can do in your life. Love to you.
God Rest your beautiful soul! I wish there were more people out there like you. God bless your family too. Look down on us down here till we meet one day I hope!
Like my father, who passed many years ago, Fred was a man who lived for today not tomorrow,w/strong beliefs and ethics, and who in honor of we should all share a toast
God bless your beautiful soul Fred. A toast to you with fine California wine!! My sympathies to your family.
Fred from what I have read you were something, I was sent your web page by a friend, I like to say to your wife and children they are in my prayers and I know you are looking down on them, Saying one more Bourbon, God Bless your family
God Bless Fred and all who are like minded.
May your family find comfort in knowing that you, Fred could get so much mail. Meet you up there and we'll drink a few cold ones.I'll be driving the beer truck!
AS A TOUNG NAIIVE 25 YEAR OLD, I CAN ONLY WISH THAT I WILL GROW UP TO BE AS KNOWLEDGABLE AS FRED
I'm thinking that Fred would get a kick out of the fact that his obituary may well become an internet icon. And...I doubt that Fred will rest in peace, rather in fun....Was he Irish??
I'm glad that the bacon and burbon didn't get him. May Fred's family continue his humor, humility, and life perspective. Hope the cannon send-off was explosively happy.
In nine days I'll be 21 years old. On the day of my celebration I will raise a glass to you Fred. Cheers!
Fred, I never knew you before I read your obit--my loss. RIP, friend! I'll lift my glass to you tonight.
Dear Alice Rennie Clark
I was so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He had such a sense of humor. I'm sure you have many, many happy memories.
When you have a chance and want to talk (or email) give me an email jingle. I haven't seen you since high school, but have lots of fond memories of our years together so long ago. I have kept up with you and your family through our other friend, Kathy S.
Kathy Welsh McEvoy
Fred, As a Virginian, I am so proud of your outlook on life and death. I know you are looking out for your loved ones and all of the "new" friends your obit. has generated.
Even though I am in Florida now and you are in Heaven, this thank you is
from one Virginian to Another.
God Bless you Fred. I've never met you, but I feel as if I know you already. I'll be having a toast in your honor shortly.
Oh my golly gee! All the kind words, many by those who never met him...I was lucky enough to have him in my family, although I only had the chance to meet with him twice, through Clark reunions. It only took that first meeting to know how wonderful he was and how nice it was to have him for a friend. Fred, it's been a pleasure sir, and I can't wait to meet with you again.
Thank you so much for sharing Fred's Obituary. He sounded like quite a character. We need more Freds in the world, to be sure!
It must be comforting to the family to realize that Fred lived life to the fullest, and had reason to laugh despite it all. I tip my glass and light up one of my prized coronas this day in rememberance
I hope my obit has a much class as yours.
Vaya con Dios, Fred. May all your fondest living wishes come true wherever you are.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. 2Corinthians 3:1,2 Blessed be God, even the father of our Lord Jesus Christ.The Father of mercies and the God of all comfort; Who comforeth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfor them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. Also there is the hope of endless life where he can rejoice and be happy forever Psalms 37:29
Lord, when all my work is done
Bless my life, grant me one
Old Friend- One like Fred.
Lyrics from the song "Old Friends"
Even though I've never met Fred, I wish that I had. What a Guy
A Man after my owan Heart!
I stay in CLARK St Midloathan
If there were more "Freds" in this world, it would be a much more joyous place. In honor of Fred, my Dad, and everyone who has left us and taken another slice of humor away from our existence, thank you for what you shared and know that you are truly missed, even by a stranger.
I have forwarded your Obit to our US Congressmen and Congresswoman although I am sure neither one of the five deserve to even read it.
I am going to go home tonight - have a cigar and raise a glass of bourbon to you Fred. I never met you, but I suspect we would have gotten along well. I wish people were more honest and forthright as you clearly where - .
Fred seemed to be one great man who has a wonderful family. He is truly an inspiration to those who knew him and those who didn't.
May you continue in your next life to be the "real person" you were in this life. To you Fred, "A Tall One" ... and to family, "Wonderful Memories!"
We are all a bit worse off when the Freds of this world leave it. I'll hoist a frosty cold one (or 2 or 8) in his honor. God bless Fred.
I raise my glass to you Fred!! My warmest wishes to your family during their time of tremendous loss. (From a former Richmond/Midlothian, VA girl!)
You must be so proud of your husband and dad! I will be celebrating the anniversary of my dad's passing tomorrow and I feel like he's talking to me through Fred's obit....My thoughts and prayers to your family and Fred's friend..there should be more like him.
Fred sounded like a hell of a guy. It's a shame he had to go.
I'm on my way to the liquor store in your memory, Fred. Wish I had known you!
Thank you to the family of Fred and thank you "anonymous" for continuing the guest book.
I read an online article in an Iowa newspaper about Fred, what an absolutley wonderful man and my heartfelt sympathy to his wife and family.
Fred was definitely a "keeper"
Fred you were an exceptional human being.I won't however mourn your passing but look to God & thank him
for his Gift of you.May there be a Fred in all of our lives.
Though we never knew Fred personally....He seems like the kind of guy we would have like to have gotten to know. We'll have a glass of bourbon in your memory!
Go Fred, Go Fred, Go Fred!!!!
I know he slid into heaven yelling Wha Hoo!!
I'll be lifting a few to ya, partner. May God bless you and your family.
I didn't know you, but after reading your obit I know we lost a good one! In your honour I will be having a good canadian RYE whiskey (more then one) and will snack from all the major food groups: Lard, salt, sugar and anything breaded and deep fried. RIP Fred!!
Fred, What a style you had. Here is a slice of bacon to you. Salute
To Alice and Fred, this is wonderful and I loved every bit of it. I have printed it for my office. What a wonder man!! Thinking of you.
Love, Kelley Fouche
WOW. Fred appears to have been an amazing individual. Alice & family - I know you will miss him terribly, but I'm certain you have a lifetime of wonderful memories!!
Fred, your memory lives on!
Thank you for publishing Fred's obiturary and sharing with the rest of us a glimpse of the enormous joy he added to your lives. My heart aches at the thought of how much you loved and will miss this wonderful man. May God give you the strength to endure. Carry on and keep smiling, like Fred wanted you to do.
Your obit was just what I needed to read today. Thanks for living a great life of mediocrity. There are so many of us but few proud enough to admit it. Your family must miss you terribly. I wish I had known you; it would have been an honor. I think I'll have a glass of wine.
I knew you not, but wish I did. You sounded like my kind of people. Bless you Brother.
Thank you, Fred, for your unyielding, hilarious last hurrah! It puts the craziness of the world around us in perspective. I will surely honor your last wishes and hope that others will, too! As for your family, I am sure you will be sorely missed and I hope they continue to celebrate in your honor for many years to come!
Sure wish we knew him. Hopefully he will run into my husband in heaven and they can have a fun visit. Accept my toast to Fred Clark.
WHAT A WONDERFUL OUTLOOK ON LIFE. SO SORRY I DIDN'T KNOW HIM WHEN HE WAS ALIVE. HERE;S TO MEETING YOU IN HEAVEN.
I HAVE NEVER MET MR.CLARK. BUT I SURE CAN'T WAIT TILL I DO. HE REMINDS ALOT OF MY DAD. I AM SO LUCKY TO HAVE HIM WITH ME STILL, SO I CAN IMAGE YAS LOSS. I WILL SEND A SPECIAL PRAYER FOR MR.CLARK, AND ALL HIS FAMILY..*THIS BEER IS FOR YOU, MR.CLARK*
To Fred's loving fammily and one friend... I don't think Fred lacked anything here on earth and has his reward. Just the volume of signees speaks of how much we as a whole need to have laugher in our lives. My further thought was how could this Guest Book be maintained for so long... then I see over to the right as I type, that "an anonymous person who wishes to perpetuate the memory of this spirited man" has obliged. Thank you anonymous!! We need to share such wonderful lives - he shared in death his great spirit . In life, as we get one chance, I missed meeting Fred, but now his legacy has passed into our keeping. Toasts to Fred who did it "his way".
FRED IS DEFINATLY ONE OF THE REAL AMERICAN MEN OF THE WORLD.
I have not met Fred yet, but hope to meet him when I pass on. I will have a drink in honor of Fred tonight.
To the family and friend's of Fred Clark: If there were more Freds in this world what "what a wonderful life this would be." I sorry for your loss but happy for the gain you have made world-wide..God bless
You have our deepest sympathy - but with a smile. We did not know Fred but he seemed to enjoy life to the fullest and we are sure you miss him deeply. We lost our youngest child Jonathan, age 20, on April 5, 2006 due to an auto accident. He had ran out of gas and was walking to get help when a lady hit him. He never gained consciousness and died at MCV. If you could ask Fred to look up Jonathan in heaven, they just might enjoy each other's company since they both had fun loving spirits - but no bourbon please until Jon's birthday!
If Fred Clark was half as funny in life as he was in death, it is my loss to never have met him. His family, while they grieve his absence, have priceless memories. May the "spirits" continue to flow in his honor!
I sit here smiling at Fred's obit.
Good for him for sharing his humor.
This is his Stand up act done his way. Hope he gets to see everyone's smiles. May you, his family find comfort. RIP.
Dear Fred's Family,
You have my sympathy on the loss of Fred. I did not know him, but wish I had. He sounds like the kind of person that everyone should have the honor of knowing. I'll bet he lived each day to the fullest and had no regrets. Take comfort in the good memories and know that he is watching over you.
What great SPIRIT. The Chesapeake Bay will gratefully receive your ashes for us who sail upon her waters. Inspirational.
Thank you for the inspiration that resulted in the first ever dedication toast at a West End Poker League gathering. We hope the adult beverages were to your liking. Cheers to your freinds and family.
I know Fred's family have received worldwide condolences - but here is one more from a gal in Slippery Rock PA.
To the Clark Family: cherish every moment of laughter and smiles - you had an amazing father who understood that laughter - like love - never dies.
To Fred: Bon Voyage - I'll have a Makers Mark on the rocks in your honor. You were A-1 and you lived life amazingly well. Have fun - I'll bet God's bourbon is to die for!
You are "the Man", Fred! I will have one for you.
I've sure there is More joy in heaven (with you up there) if that can be possible. I'm sorry I did not get to know you, but I'm sure I would have liked you.
FV Hopewell, Virginia
Here's to greener pastures, Fred... Cheers!!
I never met Fred but he sounds like a wonderful man to know. He lived life to the fullest and that's all you can ask of a person. God Bless!
Dear Family of Fred, As a genealogist I always look for obits of distant kin to add to my files. Sadly Fred was not a cousin, but after reading his Obit, I am adopting him! What Spirit!
Reading this obituary left me hoping that everyone in this world could live their life like Fred, He would have been a great friend of mine should I have had the chance to meet him. God has a wonderful soul there in heaven with him now.
July 24, 2006
To Alice, Fred III and Andy our prayers and thoughts are with you. To Fred, we were your next door neighbor when you were enjoying the Great Wicomico. It was a real thrill when you shot off that cannon every 4th of July. As I send this, I am looking on the beautiful waters where your ashes will rest Our promise to you is that every 4th, unless we see you first, we will shoot off a rocket and have a drink on your behalf. I know you will hear it. To all of those who wish they had met you, I can verify that you were a real character...nonetheless. I sent an e-mail to your family regarding our last conversation. You still have me laughing. Your obit...left a mark on a lot of people. WE wish there were more like you here on this earth. Buddy and Carol Medlin
Carol Medlin (Heathsville, VA)
Fred - Have a Happy!! - Hope to make your acquaintace on the next go around...George Marr
My condolences to Fred's family and friends.My husband Frank lives life to its fullest and from Fred's
obit seems as if he did also,My brother thought Frank wrote or had a part in writing it.I think this was due in part to Frank saying he was
a grade behind him in school and also he was his friend. Some of my co-workers ask if Frank wrote Fred's obit. Frank has contributed and held many toast to Fred at the VFW. Frank has requested a Bluegrass band play at his funeral.Wish I had known Fred.Thanks Fred for putting a little joy in our life and a smile on many faces.
We just lost my best friend and Frank's mom.
May God bless your family at this
time and always.
After having read your obit., I can honestly say that I regret we never met. You were obviously a joy to be around and I don't think the day will come anytime soon that someone will say "Fred who?"
You sound like a great guy! I wish your family many happy memories. Only wish I had known you.
Dear Fred and Family: Thank you for contributing to life with a sense of joy but the intelligence to see the irony of our life and system. You gave people hope that love like yours happens. But, mostimportantly you gave me the ability to write the tribute my father deserves and would find humor in. May your greif pass quickly as the memories of his joy fill the pain of loss.
Hey Fred, you go dude. Life is too short, we really need to make the best and the most of it while we can. We're on our way to Virginia. And what a wonderful place to be. We'll be thinking of you, even if we didn't know you. I just want you to please say hi to my Ma when you see her up there.
Fred, I wish I could've known you. Your family is truly blessed to have had you in their life.
When I think of Fred, I can only think "I wanna party with that guy!" While Fred may not be the man of his times, he truly seems to be one honest and sincere SOB. Let's raise a glass and pour one out for a true homey, Fred.
Fred, you sound like my type of guy!!! Here's to you!!!
((Fred))), you sound like my kinda guy, and i sincerely hope to meet up with you in the hereafter! you clearly are one-of-a-kind, as is your obit writer. i suspect this may be a gag, but it's a great one, and a perfect model of how i would wish that more obits would be written. i',m printing it and giving it to my lawyer to replace my name with yours, and other pertinent facts.
while you're up there, try and say "hi" to my dad, Ted M., as well as Zeke. i suspect you're all carousing in that great bar in the sky. finally, a place to relax; no more DWI worries...
Here's to Fred. May we all be brave enough to live as honestly as he did.
Fred sounds like one hell of a man. It is obvious he was much loved. And even though he is gone, I will have one tonight for Fred.
Way to live Fred... too bad that most of us don't "get it" until later in our lifespan, if at all...
Your life should be MANDATORY reading for all of our children and grandchildren!
I met Fred via the internet this morning. A small article led me to his obituary. Just by reading his obituary, one can surely know that he one hell of a guy who loved life and those that surrounded him. There should be more "Freds" in this world. My heartfelt sympathy to all who loved him.
Fred, you sounded like a great guy. I would have enjoyed meeting you. I like very frank people. I bet when you got together with your family members, it was always a lot of fun.
May God be with you on your journey home.
Knowing how much Fred was/is loved
must be a great comfort to you all. He seemed to be a very likeable fellow.
May God comfort you in thiis your time of sadness.
I never met Fred but he sounds like he really enjoyed his life. Heres to you,Fred one for the road
And to your family You were all so blessed
Fred, you sound like an average joe, who would have been a blast to hang out with on a Friday night, toss a few back with and have a good time and a few laughs with. Wish I had known you. Keep the barstools warm up there until we can all join you.
I'm so sorry for your loss. However, this is one of the best obits I have ever read.
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
Fred is/was an inspiration to us all. May he rest in peace!
When I die, I want to meet you. Smiles and Prayers to you and your loved ones. K Clark, South Hill, Virginia
To Fred's Family, My condolences...To Fred, It's unfortunate (for me) we never met. You'd have made a wonderful addtion to our little men's club (The Silver Fox Club). You share the spirit(s) of many of us. God Bless you, and maybe, if I'm lucky, we will meet on the other side.
Fred, you sound like my kinda guy. I'm going to hear a garage band tonight here in Sumter, SC. I am sneaking a few mini bottles of Jim Beam in and I promise, tonight, I'll raise a glass in your memory even though I never had the opportunity to meet you!
It's great to bring smiles to so many people even after your passing!
My only regret (as I read from someone else) is that I did not meet Fred. Here's to you! May God continue to bless and keep those you left behind. I liked your obituary....humor to the last breath....that's living life to the fullest!
Cheers to you and yours.
My condolences to the family and friend. I know you miss him. But looks like from the size of this guest book, Fred has made a heckuva lot of new friends! I celebrate Fred's life...and wish him the best on his new journey. Way to live, Fred!
I wish I had a chance to spend a Friday with ya Fred. You lived life like a gift.
Fred, wish I could have had a beer with you. You sound like so much fun. I think all obituaries should read like yours and all funerals should be parties. See you on the flipside.
My first regret in life now is that I never met Fred, and even though I never met him, I will miss him dearly.
I would have loved to meet you. You sound like someone who lived life to the fullest, and that is a wonderful thing. May you rest in peace, and please look up my Mom, I know you two would have gotten along wonderfully.
My friend has passed on. Friends for 47 years--young adolescents, hopeful college students, charging through exciting phases of discovery together and comparing notes of how we would face getting older--Fred's sense of life, humour and satire unique in this world. Like everything else we try to accomplish, Fred--some success, some failure--Characteristically, you have given all you have to make your passing painless for those you love and those who love you. I am sorry, Fred. It still hurts. Bon Voyage good friend--I know we will meet again
God bless Fred, a fellow Virginian,
may he rest in peace. My friends and I will definitely toast the life and memory of this fine gentleman.
Fred sounds like he was one of the greats. A toast to him.
Fred you sure sounded like a Texan. What a man!!!!!
I DIDEN'T KNOW FRED BUT I WISH I HAD.
Though the name is familiar, I can't say for sure I ever met Fred. Then again, it is with the same sense of uncertainty, I couldn't swear I hadn't. With that having been said I would like to express my condolences to those Fred left behind and my gratitude for the tidbits of wit and wisdom Fred left for us. I believe it fair to say there's a bit of Fred in each of us. And if not , there should be. So to you Fred, I lift this glass and to you Fred I say, "Well done and happy trails"
Hope your cannon ride was a blast!
Best wishes, sleepin' with da fishes.
I shall have a beer in Fred's honor this evening. Cheers to a great man who I wish I'd met.
As devout cynics my sons and I raise our ineffective golf clubs to the sky and salute you. How fortunate for you to have two wonderful sons who have done you proud and carried on your legacy.
Dang, you seem like a superlative person, I would have enjoyed meeting you.
You surely will live on forever in the memories of those who have singed this guest book.
I never met Fred and am less of a man for it. God bless his strong family and many, many friends.
Fred, when you're all moved in to the new place and have some free time, look up my father. Sounds to me like you all will have a lot to talk about.
Fred, you will truly be missed. Have fun being fired out of your favorite cannon.
A pint shall be raised in your honor tonight Fred...you would have been more than welcome "down under", your the type of guy us southies love!
Sandy, Westport - New Zealand
May your journey to the FATHER be swift and fruitful..GOD bless
I would have truely loved to meet this man....over a burbon of course. Gotta go...need to run out to the ABC.
God Bless You Fred!
Fred you seemed like a family guy. Would have loved to met you. See you in Heaven.
I'll be waiting for the movie on Fred. Loved the obit. Would have loved to have met him---on a beach, somewhere in Jimmy Buffett land. RIP
In My Pocket
I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.
My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.
They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.
Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.
But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
I never knew this man, but he feels like family. God Bless You, Brother Fred.
By gosh, what an inspiring and refreshing epitaph. My sincere, heartfelt condolences to the family. A man who is this comfortable with himself will surely be missed, but remembered with pride. I wish I had known him.
I wish I would have known you Fred. You sound like an interesting man. I liked your obit.
We didn't know Fred but would have loved to. He was our kind of good and real guy.
Condolences on your loss.
(((Fred))) So sorry that I never met you in real life. You sound like a heck of a guy, and your wife must be a saint to put up with you!!! God bless you and your family. I am raising my glass to you as we speak. Happy transition.
I would read obits more regularly if more were written similar to that of Fred. Had I known Fred, he would have been welcome in our home anytime.
Fred faced death proudly, cheerfully and with a great bellylaugh. In 1945, my father and I buried my mother, and in 1949 I found my father dead of heart disease, eyes open and with a big smile. In 1952, I wrote in a college essay that I hoped that my life would justify dying with that same smile. I've faced death five times with serious maladies in recent years. I hoped I could, I know I did, and I think I will. Fred never met my father or me, but we are brothers. Remember Fred fondly, and with envy.
Vic Singer, Newark DE
Fred will be missed by all who knew him. RIP Fred.
i wish to be honored in such a way,though i occasionally pee in the shower....len hrica uva 68/71.
A friend sent this to me knowing that I am a native Virginian (and very proud of that) and grew up in Chesterfield County. I did not know Fred, but certainly wish that I had. What a wonderful and unassuming man. We need many more that that. I am sure he now has all of Heaven (God included) in absolute stitches.
Aren't you proud to be a part of him?
Fred sounds like a wonderful guy who loved life and his family with a lot of gusto! See ya up there, Fred!
I smile everytime I read this Obituary - truely a man that I would have loved to meet! As a sailor and lover of the bay I will offer a toast this weekend.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
I am constantly saddened when I see in the paper these sudden deaths in automobiles. But the very fact that he was the way he was and smoked cigars and had the sense of humor he did tells me he and my Grandfather are living it up now without worry one!
I know my Granddaddy Charles F. Karr and he have found each other and are truly running their end of Heaven with their love of fine cigars and raucous laughter and jokes!
So RIP Fred and tell my Granddaddy Barbara said hello!
I am reminded fondly of my father-in-law Jim, who passed away suddenly 9 years ago (almost to the day, actually) before having had a chance to settle into and enjoy his retirement. Jim and Fred shared many traits, and I trust they have since gotten acquainted over a cold one.
this obituary makes me smile, and I think Fred would like that.
god bless everyone that knew him.
Here is to Fred, a mans man. rest in peace.
Fred....hope to see you in the great hereafter.
fred was a great man, one who i will never forget from the first time i meet him. god speed my friend and i hope to see you soon. oh and while your up there fred have a beer for me would you.
peter isome M.D.
Fred most likely believed as I do...Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a handsome and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming...'Wow! What a ride!'
Fred and Family: I have sent this obit to no less than three dozen people, simply because I wanted to share with them a bit of someone who was very comfortable in his own skin. Fair winds and following seas, Fred!
A phenomenal man! We love the way he thought! Our sympathies . . .
What a great way to sign off!
What a life! Sounds like a terrific man.. wish I would have had the chance to meet Fred, however I feel as if I already have. My prayers are with you and your family.
wow what a man he was. your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I am sure he will up there waiting for all of you.
Fred sounded like my kind of guy. Sad that I never got to meet him.
My sincere condolences to you Alice and your family. No doubt Fred, a marvelous man is a huge loss. I wish it had been my good fortune to have known him better. Rest in peace.
I have shared some of Fred's traits... Bon Voyage Pal!
I believe that the world is a little sadder place without Fred, but I imagine that Heaven is a whole lot more fun now. I will personally salute you by consuming bacon any chance I get. Thanks for bringing a smile to the faces of folks worldwide, even those of us who didn't know you.
THIS ONE'S FOR YOU, FRED!.....from the rest of the "Freds".
Dear Alice and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I think Fred can handle his own where he's gone. I wish him peace. Fondly, Belle
Thanks to Fred for leaving a smile on my face. Will share a drink with the wife this P.M.
Hope his ashes fall in a blissful place and his spirit is lauched into peace. Didn't know Fredric, so this will serve as my eternal, silent eulogy.
after a 33 year career as a firefighter /paramedic and suffering a stroke on 03/29/06@57 years of age, i surely realize what faith and more importantly humor can get you thru, i would have loved to have met Fred , a man after my own soul, i raise my glass in his honor, the world needs many more like him , God bless his soul & family, I'm sure he will be terribly missed by many.
Would have liked to meet Fred. Sounds like a man's man, and the world unfortunatly has moved on. Best wishes to the family and friends.
Wish I could have met you on this side, but God bless you Fred, wherever you are.
We bid farewell to an honest man. This earth is undoubtedly better for the likes of the few and far between Freds. Today I shall lift my glass to your spirit, both here and beyond.
Were that more souls brighten the world of the living through enjoying life and loving others. A sense of humor will get anyone through the toughest trials of life. But we all end up dead anyway. Worship God! Love your neighbor! Enjoy life! Enjoy eternity in heaven.
My heart goes out to this family ~ to lose such a joyful man leaves a large gap in your life. I know I lost my dad, a man of much the same outlook on life. Time heals, but mind remembers. God Bless!
Dear Alice, Family & Friends:
It's always "the missin'"...and miss him, I'm sure you will - hourly. Thanks for giving us all a taste of truth and life. It is for the living and it sounds like Fred lived! Pass it on.
Will have a Tuscano cigar and shot of Wild Turkey (Rare Breed) in memory.
WOW! WHAT AN HONOR TO HONOR A MAN MUCH LIKE MYSELF. I HAVE A STRONG BELIEF IN GOD, LOVE MY FAMILY,REGRET MY DIVORCE IN '74, BUT HAVE GROWN STRONGER. I FACE SURGERY SOON, BUT AM CONFIDENT IN MY SURGEON WHOSE HANDS ARE GUIDED BY OR LORD & SAVIOR.
MY SINCERE BEST WISHES TO HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS. GOD BLESS BO
I do believe that I would have wanted to meet Fred. He sounds like a man that most people could relate to. God bless you Fred and your family.
With deepest sympathy to Fred's family and friends...
Fred, I'm in Baoding, China right now but shortly after my return to the States I'm going to load a round in my full-scale 3" ordinance rifle and blow it off in your honor. Then I'm going to pour a cold one and light a cigar and wish you Godspeed!
What an amazing story and life! It sounds like -no matter what- Fred lived life to the fullest, something from which we can all learn. My condolences to his family, who must be left with some hilarious and very fond memories, and a wonderful inheritance of humor and positive attitude. As customers of Rennie's Advertising, we send our sympathy to Alice and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Didn't know Fred, but when i read what he wrote it made me think how lucky all the people are that visit
this guest book. Peace to you Fred.
Bless you being an honest man!! Here's to you Fred!
Time for me to get busy living, I have a million laughs to share before I go. Best get started with that one
I didn't have a chance to meet you Fred, but I damn wish I had. Good Luck!
What a great obit! The mark of a man with dignity and humor...always a great combination. Having grown up in Richmond I wish now that I had known Fred. My sympathies go out to his family....I can tell he was quite a guy and obviously loved life and was loved in life.
Much as another Clark, Meriwether, charted the great American wilderness, Fred and his lovely family, by this fantastic obituary, are charting the great American spirit!
Priceless!! Humor, what a gift!! I too never knew this man, but what a MAN he must have been!! Gods' richest blessings and comfort on you and your family while you walk through this time. Betsy
July 17 2006
from Charles Payne
Fred, you will always be a ledgend in my mind.
What a guy! I never knew Fred, but he had an awesome last wish. I read his obituary from a link on Ann's webiste. Apparently Ann thinks that Fred rocks too!! My heart goes out to Fred's family. So sorry for the loss.
When my husband read this he said"This is a real man's man".
Thank you to the family for sharing
this wonder ful man with the rest of us.
To Fred,my your memories live forever!I did not know you but,I wish I had.
A man and a legend. He sounds like the brother I never had but the father that I have. His life HAD to be one hell of a ride... sliding into home plate with a beer in one hand and a sloppy artery-hardening cheeseburger in the other. God rest his soul!
I didn't know Fred, but upon reading his obituary I thought of what John Wayne once said he wanted on his tombstone:
Feo, fuerte, y formal - He Was Ugly, he was strong, he had dignity.
I don't know how good or bad looking Fred was, but he sounds strong and had dignity.
So tonight, I'll have a round for Fred.
I never knew Fred, but to me he was "Everyman." His name could have been "Mac" or "Hey, You..." When (or if) I end up spending eternity on Fred's block, I'll surely look him up and perhaps we could go on the road together!
I want people to laugh and tell funny stories about me when I'm gone, because if nothing else -- like Fred -- I'd want to know I brought humor to their lives.
My prayers to the family for their loss. and my thanks for the obit that shares the life of this loving, brilliant man. What unbelievably wonderful memories he has left!
Didn't know you, but you sounded like one hell of a guy, would fit right in around here. Will toast your existence next time I'm neck-deep on a hot day on the Tennessee river.
I grew up knowing Fred's sons, Andy and Fred... Now I know exactly where they got their sense of humor and love.
He was the greatest man I never knew.
They say that there are no heroes left....but I would have to say that Fred Clark has instantly become one of mine!
I am sure his family must be extremely proud and I hope that I will be able to follow this incredible example of a man who obviously lived his life. I am sure that he will be missed and my sympathies go out to his family and friends, but I have the utmost respect for Mr. Clark's outlook on life. He is a true inspiration!
My only hope was that he had been a United States Marine. He certainly has the mein for being one such"Leatherneck".
I didn't know Fred, but sure wish I had. Are you sure Fred wasn't from Texas? He could've been and we would've been glad to have him! My sympathies to his family. Thanks for letting us celebrate his life with you. So here's to Fred! I hope to meet him someday, God willing.
Dear Alice: I will keep you in my prayers. Fred seemed like a wonderful man that I'm sure bought joy to everyone that knew him. God Bless You-Tina Trivers-Douglas
My prayers go out to Fred's family and friends. For they have lost a real treasure. Just reading of him touched my heart and this evening I shall tip my glass - To Dear Fred. The world would be such a wonderful place - if only there were more Fred's. Cheers!
What a great tribute to a great sounding guy. This needs to continue for the good of the people who appreciate the real world and living for today.
Alice & family,it my cross to bear, that I never met your husband and father. Fred is now pain free, his laughter makes God smile or snicker just a little. Your pain will ease with time, I'm glad you new him.
Fred, we seem like birds of a feather, and 'cause we never met here, it'll have to be there later, in the meanwhile, I'll try to "keep on", "keepin'on" in your tradition.
Fred, you were the best of "The Aristocrats" and always had me laughing...i'll be waiting for the pizza you still owe me and I'll make sure to drink a Tito's vodka martini in your honor. Here's to you, old friend....you will be greatly missed.
To Alice and Family:
My sympathies to you all in your loss and wishing Alice full and rapid recovery.
I'm one of Janet's customers and had hoped for a happier outcome.
Didnt know you Fred, but you had many brothers in Missouri...I know you will be missed by your freinds and family...In your memory, I will try to complete that double date for you....sounds like a blast.
HE MUST HAVE BEEN A WONDERFUL PERSON.
I WISH I HAD KNOWN HIM. ALL WHO DID WERE BLESSED.
Fred: Sounds like you had a great life..Say hi to the big guy for me. Lots of love and prayers for your family at this time.
What a guy!!! Wish we could have known him.. He says it all with humor. The world needs more "Freds"So sorry for your loss. He certainly will be missed.
With deepest sympathy to Fred's family and friend... and CHEERS to Fred! He seemed to be a man who "gets" it and wished others would "get a clue"!! God bless! and Bottom's Up!
Fred, I wish I had known you.
Sounds Like You had a Good Trip Down Here Fred. Know you are having a good one on the other side too. I got this info from a friend in an e-mail advising me to read your Obituary. Don't usually do this kind of thing, but I enjoyed the article written by your family or friends.
Our condolences are with the family, Fred sounded like a very fun and great guy to be around. I know he will be missed. we'll all have a drink to celebrate his life and one for his new life with the lord.
It's a shame I never got to meet this guy. As had been said, you KNOW he has to be in Heaven...
My condolences to Fred's family for I am sure that they miss his presence very much. I wish that I could have known him personally. Sorry that I missed the party. The description of Fred's characteristics sure do remind me of my husband of 37 years.
To Fred's family, sorry for your loss. To Fred...give 'em hell up there in heaven, hopefully it will be a while before I can get there!!`
My condolences to Fred's family, and my admiration to a man who could look life in the eye and not dissolve into PC BS. We will miss him.
My Mom passed at 95 yrs. and loved life,laughter and her bourbon! At her wake we had a bottle of bourbon and we all took a shot, and put the remainder of the bottle with her for the ride home. You and her would have been great friends. I know your family will have wonderful, loving fond memories. You must have been something special.. May God Bless!!
Wow what an awesome person. I'll most definately have a drink in his honor Sounds as if hes my kinda guy ...fun loving, witty, and loved by his family and friends Heres to you Fred ... cheers.
God Bless Fred, What a wonderful life you had.
A fine obituary for a man who could represent much of middle America. My condolences to his familly, and may the party include me when the time comes.
Mr. Clark's obit was sent to me by a friend of mine who was so impressed with it that she sent it on to me. Neither of us knew Mr. Clark, but we surely wish we had. Just wanted to let you know.
May God bless you Fred - an awesome and truly real person, an individual.
If Fred returns to realize his double-date with Ann and Rush, I'd be delighted to join the crowd.
I wish I'd known Fred. He's a guy that I could have hung out with. My kind of straight-shootin' and no b-s guy. He's in heaven now, so maybe I'll get another chance, Lord willing.
I am sad that I never met Fred, he sounds like a great guy.
It must have been a WONDERFUL LIFE...I lift my glass to you Fred. God Bless you and all of the lives you have touched, both in life and in your passing.
What a great loss to humanity. People like Mr. Clark really did exist in great numbers at one time; alas, they are increasingly silenced by society's PC intelligencia. Our sympathies and prayers go to his wife and children.
I'm sorry I never knew you, you seem to have lived such a full life. At 16 I can only hope to live as well as you.
Alice, we are still shocked and trying to absorb the fact Fred is gone so suddenly! What a tragic and untimely loss for you, Fred III, Andy, Sara and ….. all of Fred’s ‘friend.’ What wonderful foresight for him to write his own obituary and thereby not only spare his family a difficult task, but also make sure his spirit is remembered in his own words. Thanks for sharing his words with others …… they are both brilliant and classic Fred!! Along with the wit, humor and hyperbole of what he wrote, we can also see a person who absolutely understood life’s meaning and was prepared for what follows. As you grieve, our thoughts, prayers and love are with you.
You know he's GOT to be in heaven...he's GOT to be giving them hell. Let's make a toast to the ACLU...think they'll buy it.
God speed, Fred. We will continue the fight and keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Here's to you.
Alice, our hearts go out to you and your family. We were honored to have known Fred and certainly enjoyed all the faculty parties in your home. He was a kind and generous man and was very fortunate to have had you.
I wish I had known you,Fred, We would have been best friends. My lost.
With his sense of humor and love of life, Fred makes me glad to be part of the Midlothian, Va community. I only wish I could have known him all these past years! Fred, you will be missed!
God bless you Fred. You are a testament to mankind and our appreciation of freedom.
What an awesome person - someone with the courage to not be "PC" and not care...and the family to love him for it. What's more, it appears he had the humour to laugh at life and himself too. He and his family were (and are) blessed. The world needs more Freds.
I am sorry for your loss. However, he sounds like he was man, I would have love to have met.
Thanks Fred for reminding us not to take ourselves to seriously. Life, like love, can be a messy affair. Glad to see you didn't save the best moments for last, instead you shared them with friends and family along the way. See you on the other side, have one on ice for me!!
Fred, thanks for being yourself! No pretense, no baloney...I celebrate you, your ability to laugh, and your wonderful spirit! We will see you on the other side!
As I pass along my sincere condolences I find that this script will appear on page 103 and if I don't hurry page 104. It matters not because I feel as though I have known Fred all my life. If he wasn't a NAVY PILOT, he should have been. He obviously had many more friends then he was aware of judging by the number of signings before mine. He sounds like a great man and should have replaced one of the current representatives who occupy only space in DC. Here's to you Fred, my hats off to ya.
What a wonderful life. Wish I had known him. God Bless.
Fred, though I only knew you posthumously, I truly feel like I've known you all my life! Godspeed, Fred. This world is undoubtedly a better place for having known you.
Hurray for a great obituary that says something other than statistics.Fred sounds like an upright kind of guy! Here's to your next adventure!
Fred sounds like a man anyone would be proud to call friend. May he rest in peace with a drink in his hand and love in his heart.
To Alice and your family,
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Janet told me about the accident, but I never thought this would be the result. While your world has been cheated, it seems that Fred's legacy will now have an affect on a larger circle of new found friends. I too enjoy my bourbon, but from here on in, every time I pour my Makers Mark, I'll toast Fred and wish you and your family well. Live, laugh and love to the fullest.
Bless you Fred....wish I could have met you when you were on this earth...maybe in the next life.
PS. I will have a cold beer in hand for you!
I feel like I have lost a kindred soul with his passing. There should be more like him in this world. Although I didn't know him, I'm sure his life made a great impression on those who were fortunate enough to have the privilege to. Condolences to your family and a salute to you Fred.
Wasn't fortunate enough to know Fred, but the world is surely a poorer place without him! My heart-felt sympathy to Fred's family and friends.
Hey Fred, my Dad's up there...look him up. His name is "Ham"! Tell him and my Mother I miss them. And, include them in your party.
Didn't know Fred, but wish I had. Godspeed, Fred.
I didn't know Mr. Clark but I wish I had. An independent, responsible, interesting man who lived life to the fullest! Were there more people who stand tall!
With the sole exception of, "he was often wrong, but never in doubt," anyone with a grain of common sense would love to have a similar obituary- one of the greatest of all time. Only Mencken's brief addition to his own obituary, "As he grew older, he got worse" surpasses the sublime beauty of Mr. Clark's obituary.
Ahhhhh, indeed a wonderful man...a man after my own heart! God Bless Fred, his Family & Friends...how blessed they are to have had him in their lives! I knew him not but wish him God Speed.....
I've never been ENTERTAINED by an obituary before. Godspeed Fred !!!
Fred, your obit proclaims the awesome spirit with which you lived your life. Those who loved you were blessed by your presence and those of us who didn't can hope to continue on in your stead. Godspeed.
Thank you for giving us a clue about life and death. We were in the cemetery business for many years and read the obits everyday. Mr.Fred's life has brightened our day. God Bless Fred and family!
Fred was a conservative who did not suffer fools - politicians or lawyers. Hopefully that will be another of Fred's legacies. God speed.
Your departure generated the finest compliment I've ever had from my youngest daughter: "He sounds like your long-lost twin." Thank you for your unintended gift.
Thanks for living a life that makes all of us Freds proud!
Godspeed Mr. Clark. May you enjoy the next world as much as you did this one!
Fred sounds like our kind of guy. My husband and I would probably have hung out with him and his bride.
Fred, it seems no one really knew you but many of us embody the essence of who you are. I do not share the dream of being hit by a beer truck as the way to leave this earth but I will carry your dream of attending an ACLU cocktail party with Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter to my grave from now on. It is a beautiful dream.But I hope you don't mind but I am going to upgrade it to dinner? The longer it lasts the better!
All obits should read like this. Go Fred!
Thanks Fred. Even if I din't know you it made for a great day.
Fred, you sound like a great American, and I hope wherever you are, the beer's cold and the smokes are free. -And it wouldn't be too bad rubbing elbows with you at the bar. Godspeed, we're the poorer without you.
What an uplifting obituary! Thanks for sharing, Fred!
Where ever you are I hope you find all that you enjoyed on earth.
A truly memorable obituary for a truly memorable man. Cheers!
Don't know you Fred but sounds like I would have liked to. I will raise a hardy toast of good ole Rebel Yell burbon to you. Semper Fi
Onya Fred. Will definitely try & track ya down ya when I get up there. 2 ya family - PEACE & GOD BLESS.
I am certain you brought love, life, and no doubt laughter to your friends and family. Even those of us who never knew you are all the richer for this glimpse of you. There is no way you could have known how many people you would touch with your passing words. May God bless your journey and your wonderful spirit. Here's to you, Fred.....
Fred I would have loved to have a drink with you..may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you're dead
What a wonderful time it must have been to be around Fred. Im only 19, but a true believer in freedom and family. I hope I can live my life the way Fred did. Not letting anyone else lower his spirits.
Fred sounds like a guy I would have had a blast arguing with and then tossing back a few bourbons together with late into the night. I'm sure he will be sorely missed.
Thank you, Clark family, for sharing what Fred was really like. What a relief to read the truth about someone who is REALLY like most American's. I never met him but I know he is missed.
Here's to a man I believe I would have liked. Wish I could have known you. Rest in peace, buddy.
Sounds like Fred was a very smart man. I wish I could have known him.
May he become the author for heaven for his eloquence on earth is beyond belief.
You were a great man Fred Clark, and I raise a glass to what you believe in!!!
When I read the obituary, I knew I had found a kindred spirit. When I looked at the picture, I saw myself looking back. Here's to you, Fred.
You're the coolest guy I've never met! See ya in Heaven!
I never knew ya, Fred, but it sounds like I should have, being a kindred spirit and all. (no pun intended on spirit). Salude, bottoms up to the passage of another American with a good dose of common sense. We are a dwindling species.
A true American, a man among men and wannabe's. And apparently a Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter fan. And I'll drink to that!
God Bless your soul. Ya knew how to enjoy life. If I get to where you are, I'll try to have a cold Bud for ya.
I didn't know Fred and I probably would have been at the ACLU cocktail party but I would be carrying on like Fred nevertheless; just not with Limbaugh and Coulter; I'd be with Kerry and Clinton, Bill and Hill.
The world has lost a good man.
I tip my glass a dying breed - a real American...
To a good man who led a good life...and is an inspiration to us all. God bless your family.
I can only hope to go with the "real" awareness that Mr Clark left this goofy world with.
My kind of guy.
I also plan to be buried by a "Chiles" funeral home, but mine will be the original. French MADD members not welcome.
Condolences to Fred's family. He must have been a wonderfully delightful person and a joy to know!
Fred You da man! Hope someone writes such truth about me when I get out of here.
Fred-- a perfect stranger to me-- seems to have lived life as we all want but few of us have the balls to actually do it. Fred, buddy, I am trying to live my life just as you. Drink plently, love hard (and frequently). My life is an exclamation mark and I offer no explanations!
Bless your family and your friends who celebrate you and your life!!
Fred, you are my hero. I'll tip a couple to you tonight.
Fred......,you're my kinda guy.
i didn't know you....,but i feel like i could've known you all my life.
save a spot for me up there,where ever you may be resting.
Cheers Fred, you fall into the "Good People" category.
Fred, you're my kind of guy. I hope the afterlife is absent all of the PC nonsense that aggravates us both.
I did not know Fred but it feels like I do. Great obituary. Honest and forthright!
Fred,I know you'd like this short. Cheers and Longashes to ya!!
Fred, the world needs more humor and thanks for letting us know you even if for a moment. Our lives are richer for it. WOW, 96 pages...to YOU! Bet you're blushing right now. Oh, maybe not...well, what's one more thanks for the memory. My best to your family. I know they must be enjoying this.
To live is to undo your belt and look for trouble.
-Zorba the Greek.
Fred knew how to live
Fred seemed to be one of those people blessed to be completely at home in his skin. Blessings on his family. Ah, Fred, we hardly knew ye!
This world would be a better place for all mankind if there were more individuals such as you Fred Clark. Sorry I did not get a chance to meet you. The best to your family and friends.
To Fred's Family:
Life can be simple, yet wonderful and Fred seemed to have understood that. I hope you have many fond memories to help ease the pain of your loss.
One hell of a man there Fred, God speed your jurney, take care
Cheers to you, Mr. Clark. I'll be tipping at least a few glasses of bourbon in your honor this evening.
Love ya man
Beer's to you
"Here's to Fred", will be my "new" standard toast to all things good in life...
Here's to a man's man! God speed.
WISH I HAD THE CHANCE TO MEET FRED.SOUNDS LIKE A HELL OF A MAN.GODSPEED BUDDY
Fred was "every man"...wish there were more like him still around. All these politically correct sissies are ruining everything! I know Fred will be missed by those who knew and loved him, and by those of us who just wish we had.
I join my sister, Cherie Putnam from Syracuse in wishing your family much joy and cheer in having Fred Clark in your lives! I'm so glad that you shared his love of life with the rest of the world!
What a great sense of humor. Hearty sympathies to Fred's family. This man sounds like one I would have liked to have known in life. This is spreading around the internet like wildfire. Thank you Fred for writing a superb obit.
Thank you, Fred. You've inspired me to write my own obit, too. Sorry I didn't know you when I lived in New Market (VA).
I share my middle name with your first. Due to your permanent absence I'll pick up the slack where you left off. Doesn't look to be an easy job but, judging from the postings here, there'll be another to replace me should I falter, Saluti, Fred.
Fred, I wish I had known ya, 'cause after reading your obit I feel I do. Your wonderful family is a testimony that you done good. I'll hoist one for you tonight.
Glad to know that there are still some people unafraid to march to the beat of a different drum. Cheers Fred! I never got to meet you, but your presence here will be missed.
My condolences to the family and friends of this great unique man.
I didn't know you, Fred. But I'll be raising my glass to you tonight.
A toast to Fred and his family will be made tonight while raising a glass of bourbon amidst the aroma of a thick juicy steak burning on the grill. God Bless!
MAN! I wish I had known you!
I didn't know Fred Clark, but after reading his obituary I feel like I did. He sounds like a wonderful man, and it's obvious that his spirit will live on joyfully in the hearts of those who knew him well. Rest assured he'll be toasted heartily this weekend in Albuquerque.
Fred, we never met but you are my kind of guy. The free world is a sadder place with your passing. Via con Dios mi amigo.
here, here. I hope to met you someday. In the good place, upstairs.
To the friends and family of Fred,
Fred seems to share a similar look on life as my mother did. We lost her to lung cancer approximately 4 years ago and I’ll always remember what she said those last two weeks. “You know, if I had it to do all over again I’d smoke every one of those damn cigarettes, what good is a cup of coffee or a beer with out a cigarette.” God bless our love ones who have a vice in life they enjoy and don’t let others take it away from them.
I wish all the friends and family of Fred the best. God Bless. I’ll enjoy a drink or two thinking of Fred and my mom tonight. Anyone have a good cigar?
Fred embodies the maxim, "illegitimati non carborundum." Latin for "don't let the ba#$&!*s get you down. Remember, butter is better.
Thanks for the laugh; makes me remember that some people are still just "normal" Americans who drink, smoke, fart, and love it.
I know that Fred's family was blessed by his presence, and will grieve his loss, so know that I will pray for you. He is in a better place, and will be waiting to see all his friends and loved ones when your time is right. God bless you, and thank you for being able to be a part of his final episode of life.
May he be reincarnated as a shot glass.
Cheers, Fred... too few like you.
ENERGY, ESPECIALLY SUCH AS THIS, CAN NEVER BE CREATED NOR DESTROYED. IT SIMPLY CHANGES FORM. MAY FRED TAKE THE FORM OF SOMETHING GREAT, AND BE WITH YOU ALWAYS!!!!
The honesty of Fred's epitath is refreshing. Thanks for brightening my day. May his legacy live on and on.
My sincere sympathy to the Clark
family. Having never met Fred Clark but reading the Obit, I find
that the world has lost a very special person. God Bless You, Fred. Enjoy the rest of you new
Dear Fred, I admire you. You had a great life lived,
"The Way it Ought'a Be Lived" And your family had the courage to recognize and applaud it.
Goodbye Fred, we hardly knew ye'. Although based on the accounts of your friends and family that might have been a good thing. I listened to this on a radio station in Seattle on Thursday and laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. Good luck buddy, I'll have one for you tonight.
It sounds as though Heaven will now have Saint Peter and Fred at the front Gates. May you find the distillery of your dreams and be bathed in its glory.
Yea Fred! That's the way to go through the toboggan-chute of life: goggles on, scarf flapping in the breeze, and a big "Whoo-Hoo"! We all take our hats off to you.
Looks like Fred will be more than just a man, now he will also be an internet legend. Maybe someone will pay the money to keep this legacy online forever. Safe trip to ya Fred, when you meet with St Peter, tell him a joke. Godspeed Fred and prayers to your family.
How the heck did I miss meeting you?
Fred, you give new meaning to the term, "Way to Go!" You're clearly a man of rare vision. Wish I'd known you, but I won't forget you. God speed, Fred, well wishes to your family, and a toast to you and your indomitable spirit.
Fred just had to be one heck of a guy. I would have liked to have known him. I can only wish that in the end, my life will be remembered with half the joy and mirth.
I just received this from my cousin, Rosemary, in Richmond. Fred sounded like a great man whose personality will be around for ages. Isn't that what we would all like, to leave wonderful memories after we're gone! What a great attitude! My sympathy to his family and friends, I wish I had known him!
Lexie, New Maryland, N.B. Canada
We cry and we laugh. Let's light this candle. Godspeed Fred!
Bon Voyage Fred.
I hope your journey into the afterlife is as entertaining as your time on Earth. I wish I could have known you.
FRED WAS A GREAT AMERICAN.I KNOW HE HE WAS A TRUE CONSERVATIVE THAT LOVED AMERICA AND GOD AND WAS NOT
AFRAID TO LET IT BE KNOWN.
REST EASY WITH THE LORD.
My prayers and sympathy to the Clark family. Fred sounded like a fun guy. May God bless you all.
Fred, you sound like a truly great guy and I wish I could have partied with you just one time! Rest in Peace.
Wow ..What a send off Fred !!!
This is better than any sloshy inscription on a tombstone. And, best, it says exactly what the man himself wanted.
God bless, and see you on the other side.
Here's to Fred, thanks for reminding us all to be human beings and Americans, and continue to fight the good fight.
Thanks for sharing Fred with all of us! What a remarkable obit - that's the way I want to go out! Here's to you Fred and your zest for life!
Dad died 6 weeks ago, suddenly. As the ad man/pr writer in the family, it fell to me to edit through the 300 words summing up Dad's life. That exercise made me appreciate this, Fred's final piece of copy, all the more. God's peace, the peace that passes all understanding, to all of you.
Sympathy to the Clark Family:
Not personally knowing Fred he appeared to have lived life to the fullest. He seemed to have enjoyed life and lived each day as if it were his last.
He reminds me of my father that passed in January also at MCV. He loved to laugh and to make others laugh. He too was a man of character. He loved to tell jokes and never told the same one twice.
So Fred look up my dad and sat back and enjoy the jokes and laugher.
It's amazing how many people took the time to read Fred's obituary. It probably got more publicity than any news the day it was published.
Fred, look up my father if he doesn't find you first. He would love your company as you both have a lot in common. His motto was: "I only drink when I am alone or with someone."
You will always rermember Fred Clark with a smile!!! What a legacy!
There is no goal better than this one: to know as you lie on your deathbed that you lived your true life, and you did whatever made you happy.
Good going Fred
Here's to Fred Clark and the FRED CLARK FAN CLUB!
Did not know him. Obviously was a great guy. Would have loved to have had a drink with him. But I offer this Irish blessing instead "There are many good reasons for drinking, One has just entered my head. If a man doesn't drink when he's living, How in the hell can he drink when he's dead?" Fred's the type of guy who will find a way. God Bless.
While I my politics are the opposite of Fred's (I likely would have been at that ACLU cocktail party), he otherwise sounds like my kind of guy. I hope your loss is soothed by the knowledge that his obituary has brought a smile to thousands -- as, I am sure, he brought smiles to you all every day.
Reading this is like talking to my hudband. He loves his Miller,Fried Chicken & Butter. But some times he lose his houmor.Sure wish he had met you.
What a lucky family.
So sorry about your loss.
I hope I can live the rest of my life so that people celebrate my life when I pass on, as opposed to mourning it, like Fred did!!!
Now this is the perfect Exit
ALice and Fred Jr. - received this from my sister in CA. Little did she know that I knew you two. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I really wish I had known Fred Sr also but I have this feeling we will meet one day at a grand bar-only I'll have scotch!!
Fred, I raise a glass to you.
A great man has passed.
Sounds like Fred is my twin brother although we had different mothers.
Wow, what a guy. We need more "Fred's" in our world. I raise a toast to you. As you know, it is 5:00 someplace
Excelling in mediocrity isn't so bad. The fact that he was proud of his children and had a happy marriage is anything but. Godspeed and God bless you Mr. Clark.
Fred blessed this earth with his joy for life. He will be missed by all. His personality was a joy to all who new him. Rock on Fred and cheers to you.
Fred, I wish I had known you. We would have drunk some wine together and told each other short jokes!! I know your family will miss you. Sharon Howe(Texarkana,Texas)
tears fill my eyes as i read the outpouring of warmth from strangers. what an inspiring man Fred was to unite us all!
May God shine his countenance upon Fred and his family. I now know that there are, were, others like me.
From one Fred to another... You did Well! Clean the shot glasses and I'll bring the bottle. Meet ya outside the Pearly Gates because I'm not to sure of my reputation. Is there a cover charge?
Anyways, Fred to Fred.. Broast!!!
I wish Fred had been my next door neighbor! What fun we could have had.
Fred, I already sent a prayer up to my daddy. He will be looking you up, I am sure! Never does a joke be told nor beer drank at my house that we do not think of him.... and I am sure you guys will be great friends. And I won't mind that you team up to tease me about being a card-carrying-ACLU-supporter who believes in the right to bear arms, prays, tears at amazing grace and sings loudly (off key) to our nations anthem.
I wish everyone had Fred's unique spirit & love of life! Cheers to a man who lived life the way he wanted and didn't mind saying whatever was on his mind! I just know you're giving them hell at the pearly gates Fred! I wish I knew Fred, and I'm sorry I never got the chance! I have no doubt that the world is less vibrant without him in it! My sympathy goes out to his family. I know he's going to be missed dearly. Good luck to you & your family!
Fred has left us with a BANG!
May God bless him ,his family and friend
Thank you, Clark family, for sharing the unique joy of your beloved Fred and for helping us all recognize and love the Freds in our own lives.
Godspeed to ya Fred.
Way to Go,Fred. Guy's like you are far between, Must have been a reall asset to the human race. God's Speed.
Tonight, we grilled the best we could, and drank the best bourbon in our extensive collection in honor of you! We wish we were back in good ol' Virginia to toast your memory this weekend.
Your family is in our thoughts.
Fred, you make me proud to be a Virginian
Fred’s friend may not fit in the telephone booth however, since he loves butter and booze even more than Fred. May dear Fred's ashes (eventually) come to rest…in peace.
Cheers to Fred. He sounds like he was a unique individual. Would have loved to have met him. God speed, Fred.
My condolences to the family.
Even though Fred has gone home, it appears the drinking has continued which I'm sure would give Fred a moment of misty-eyed amusement. Maybe the possibility exists for Fred's last request to be fulfilled by MANY others. If even half of the glasses are lifted in your memory, there's a whopping big chance somebody is gonna' get run over by something on their way to the next beer run. As someone who has always admired a quick wit and a good turn of phrase, it seems a shame that we didn't know about you sooner. I'm sure you would've been added to many email buddy lists. Wherever you are Fred, thanks for the laugh. Hopefully, the funny genes have been passed on.
My your new journey be joyous as you last! And may you find peace and happiness.God speed!
Dear Fred's family, This is a sad time in your lives, and I am so sorry for your loss. Truly the world is a much sadder place without this character. I love the obit and am borrowing parts to write my own ahead of time
God Bless Fred and the Great Wicomico, my home too.
To: Fred. What a way to go and be remembered! My sympathies to your family and friends. You seem like a relative of my husband's or should be. Proper be damned! You sound like the kind of person who fit in everywhere.
God bless your passing.
To Fred's family,
You sound like a fun family and wish I had gotten to know Fred. He's certainly left an impression on me. Cheers to a misspent life making others smile.
What a refreshing notice!!!!! What a joy this man must have been to know, he reminds me of my dad who died in 2003. The honesty expressed by this man has touched me, made me laugh, and reminded me of a quote by Albert Pine "What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal"
I met Fred only once - I was the wedding photographer at his son's wedding in April 2006. I will never forget walking into the church meeting him for the first time - he had a smile from ear to ear. He was beaming, he was happy, he was unaffected by the usual chaos of a wedding day. Looking back at these wedding photos, Fred had a smile in every single photo. May he be an example to us all of living life to the fullest.
God Bless you Fred. Cheers, I wished I had been a member of the family.
Lost my father some time ago, you would have gotten along great together. Believe me, two of a kind. Hope you meet one another in the "upstairs" lounge for a few cocktails. God bless you Fred
What an amazing man! I think Fred might have started something!God bless you Fred and family.My prayers are with you..
Sorry to hear of your passing Fred. You sound like a heck of a guy with a good mind to go with it. You left with people smiling and laughing.
See you in heaven.
Wow. I lost my Mom on the day after Mothers' Day this year and my Dad has been gone since Jan of 2001. My condolonces to Freds' family, but to Fred, I raise my glass high to you tonight my friend. Even though I never knew you, I hope I go out with the same fun, passion, and zest for life...not to mention a great sense of humor. God bless ya Fred. CHEERS!
I'll certainly tip a glass for you 'cause I can't do the cigar bit! Wish I could have know you!
Wish we had known Fred (although we probably know a couple of people like him........). Mark, I can tell you are retired! Jane and David
Every once in a while; someone comes along and restores your faith in mankind...I believe this was such a man.
To Fred's family and friends,
I never met Fred, but I am crying now as if he were a lifelong friend. Fred will live on joyfully in the hearts and minds of those who know him and love him.
Your obit is your life. Honest. Open. Wonderfully cynical and remarkably jaundiced. I'll try to pass those traits along - in honor and memory of you.
You were one of a kind. Our mugs are held high.
Fred's thoughts make me wish I had know the man during his life. What a hoot he must have been.
Fred sounds like a real true person that I would like to have known and been freinds with. Here's to his memory and to the love of his family. God Speed Fred.
How we dread;
A boring life;
Without ole Fred....
Way to go Fred, I appreciate your candor, I am a funeral director and enjoyed this one immensely. My condolences to your family. You are a true man. I will hoist one in your honor!
Whenever you hear someone say..."you 'da man", Fred is who they are really talking about.
Here's to you Fred.
To Fred's family - May God be with you. For Fred - you must have been one heck of a guy. Wish I'd known you. Godspeed, and here's to you Fred!
Fred, say Hi to my old man up there. I am sure you will love him. Dont know about the bourbon though.......PBR man...
God Bless to you and your family
I never knew Fred but, I think we would have been best friends! We came from the same neck of the woods. Thanks for telling it like it is, and have a happy eternity.
We should all go out with this much style!
To Fred's family and friends my deepest condolences to a man well loved. What a free spirited guy, with such a huge heart and sense of humor. Live each day to the fullest like there is no tomorrow... I enjoyed the laugh. Hear's to you Fred! Keep on laughing...
Fred, you must have been a civil war reenactor to have your ashes fired from a cannon. This 116th Pennsylvania Yankee salutes you. I too would enjoy that cocktail party guest list.
This one's for you, Fred.
Oh how I wish I had known your husband, father, and friend. What a blessing you had him with you all these years. God bless his family.
Humor is the best in life - and in death. May Fred's memory live on! Cheers!
The world needs more Fred's. My sympathies to the family on the loss of a great man.
May God continue to bless you all and carry on his legacy of honesty and humor.
I so wish I had gotten to be your friend. Maybe next time around!
The wind is at your back Mr. Clark. Fly high and fly well. I too believe that life is better laced with a bit of butter, a chase of bourban and the reflection found in a good cigar. God's speed and be sure to keep the light on for us!
What a spirited soul who will be missed by all of us here but those up there are the lucky ones. Take care
Fred, I hope you're having as much fun in the afterlife as you apparently had in this one. Keep the angels laughing!!!
Thank you to Fred's family for allowing
us a glimpse of what was certainly a
way to go fred your a rare man one whom I admire
way to go Fred....you know how to make an exit... and tell about it
Prayers are with Fred's family, cheers to a life well lived.
To a man of great expressions and more. Cheers to you. May the truth set his spirit free and many others who share the same thoughts. God Bless the family and friends of this unique person.
Here's to Fred, Bottoms Up Baby!!!
Way to live a life...
I could not agree more with this. My mothers wish was to be driven like Bernie (weekend at Bernies) from North Carolina to Florida with a martini glass in hand sitting in the back seat. I also think a party would be better than a bunch of crying, greiving saps eating a bunch of food and wondering what they could have done to make my life better. PARTY ON!!!!
Thanks to the miracle of the worldwide web, Fred's legacy has spread far and wide. What a charming tribute to, I'm sure, a charming man. I was tickled and touched.
My condolences to the family, and congratulations for having known Fred.
Through your life and in your passing you have inspired many.
I have 2 regrets... the loss of Mr. Clark and not having a drink with him!
May God bless Fred and his family! We will 'reach for the peach' tonight and celebrate Fred's life. Let us all know when the memorial service is held and we'll be there if at all possible.
The Osborne's of Kingsport, TN
There is no doubt that Fred had life figured out. May God look over him and his family. Fred, I'll raise a glass to you soon, and look forward to meeting you on the "other side" someday. Say "hi" to my friends and family up there!
Would've crashed that ACLU party with you, Fred. You were a damn great guy it sounds like. Cheers!
I laughed *and* cried, then laughed again. My thanks to Fred for writing it, and his family for publishing it.
Here's to safe passage, Fred, I bet you were a hell of a guy. Cheers!
My condolences to the family and friends of Fred Clark. I am a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Colonial Heights Moose Lodge #1783. I used to be Administrator there and I could have used you in there to cheer up that Lodge and turn it around. May God bless you and I hope we all meet in heaven for that special Moose milk.
Fred, you're one funny man. I don't know you but I will never forget you.
God bless you. I know you're with HIM right now.
I would have loved to have known Fred.
I am sure he will be missed on earth, but welcomed in heaven.
To one of the most outrageously funny humans I ever met and proud to have called a friend. Most people want to make a differnce in life. Not only did you do this but you have made a whale of a difference to thousands in death, as well.
I personally have toasted this fine gentlemen many times with friends, since his passing; with many more to follow. I very much look forward to his cannon send-off! You will always be with us!
God's speed to the entire Clark clan!
See you soon, you lucky dog
Sadly, I can only wish that I could meet a person of Fred's caliber. "Genuine" is the one word I would use to describe him. If there are more Fred's out there, show your faces and run for office...The world needs another Fred. GodSpeed!!!
Alice, Fred and Andy,
It has truly been a delight to read the numerous tributes to your husband / dad. We've also shared Fred's unique obit with some friends and family and been able to say, "We knew this wonderful character and his family - they were previous neighbors of ours." (Thanks to the great game called soccer, we got know you better. Also we'll never forget attending the Oyster Festival in Urbanna with you and the opportunity to visit your lovely river place.) Fred certainly knew how to enjoy life and continues to give joy and inspiration to others. Hope you're all doing well. Our sympathy and thoughts are with you. How proud you must be of how your husband / dad impacted so many lives!
Charles, Jane and Bert
To the family,
Fred sounded like a really down to earth guy. My father was the same way. Be blessed!
Fred, wish I had known ya better, or at all for that matter. You seemed like you would have been a he** of a guy. Fire away.
Cheers to the indomitable (sp) human spirit!
To a great American. Sounds like Fred had his values in order.
Here's to you Fred.
To a man true to his own self. I raise my drink to you!! You remind a lot of my own father.
Certainly a man true to my heart. Prosit !!!!!
I lost my father to cancer 3 years ago and after reading about Fred I laughed and cried, because I thought of my father. Fred if you can read this while your family does Look up my Dad Bobby, sit down on the bar stool next him and enjoy the music, the smokes and the laughs. If you two ever met in life I know you would have been the best of friends.
To the Clark Family you are some very lucky people to have had such a wonderful person in your life. Always remember he will never be gone as long as you keep him in your hearts and thoughts. Speak of him often and he will be around to listen. Tell a funny joke to yourself or to a few and he will be around to laugh.
God Bless you all.
I lost my baby sister last week at age 45. Hope Megan and Fred get together for a laugh and a prayer.
To leave this world, and everyone who reads this with a smile on their face... Well Fred you've accomplished more than many could ever hope for.
To Fred: May the sun always shine on your face, may the wind always blow from your back, and may your bottle never run empty.
I'll mix up a pitcher of margaritas in Fred's honor...best wishes to his family.
Sounds like Fred celebrated life. We celebrate your life Fred. May we all live while we are alive.
I swear I can hear something from the other side. I am not sure if it's cheering or laughing...
My glass is held high in your honor sir! Here's to living life without regrets and leaving the world a better place because you were part of it. To Fred!
To Fred: who loved life...what a testimony for us all..
We should all have to write our own last words...
Excellent Obituary...We need more like that. Go Fred Go!
Here's to Fred I can tell he will truly be missed
You seemed to know the key to life!
Prayers to your family,
To the family: Hope you are all well. I would have loved to meet and have a drink with Fred. He sounds like quite a guy. We need many more like him.
Goodbye, Fred. Too bad you couldn't take Rush with you.
Cheers to a good man who spoke the truth. I will remember you with each drink I have in the future. North Carolina sends a toast to you and your loved ones!!
To the Clark's
I have never met this man, but from the sound of this great obituary he had to be a good man.
May we all remember him. Now it is time to go to the ABC store for Fred
Fred, Your obituary brought a smile to my face... and I hope your family knows you are looking down on them, when the wind blows a familiar smoke of someones cigar,the taste of bourbon crosses their lips, and bacon.........is burning on the stove! Here's to you....
I never had the pleasure of meeting Fred but I'm sure we would have been fast friends. I'll lift on to him and hold his loved ones in my paryers.
Here's to Fred! What a truly refreshing and honest life testimony. I'm sipping my evening bourbon and ginger as I type. I'm sure he will be sadly missed.
Wish we could have voted "Fred for President." A precious cousin from Midlothian shared this with me. I am glad she did.. Prayers for Fred's family.. What an amazing man.. and I am sure leaves behind a family equally amazing.
Wish I had the opportunity to know Fred. He sounds like a hell of a guy.
God bless Fred.
I lost my father a year ago. My father reminds me a lot of you, Fred. I'll tell dad to look you up in heaven. I am confident you two souls will have a blast!
A rare person with honesty and a passion for life and truth. Glasses lifted high!
I hope I can make this many people smile when I am gone. May God Bless You and your family always Fred.
You lived life to the full continue in heaven
Cheers to you Fred! Sounds like it was one hell of a ride. . . .
Here's to Fred. Apparently he tried to live every minute of his life to the fullest. The family can enjoy and celebrate his life. While he will be missed, even at his last, he left smiles on people's faces.
We will all pour some liquor out (but not much as you requested!) this weekend in your honor. Cleveland, OH Salutes You!
jUST WANT TO LIFT MY GLASS TO DEAR OLD FRED, HE WILL BE REMEMBERED LONG AFTER I AM DEAD. WAY TO GO FRED
Looking forward to drinking a toast to your memory tonight!
Thank You Fred. God Bless You.
Larry & Marcia
So sorry for you loss and I truly wish I had know him.Best wishes to you and your family.
The world was blessed to have this funny, interested and much loved human being walk among us. May the gods bless him.
fred, you're my man if you never win a race. we need more people like you with a sense of humor, even to the end. may god bless you.
john in colonial heights
The world needs more Freds. Praying for a speedy recovery for Alice. Cheers to you, Fred.
I did not have the pleasure to know such a forthright man, but I congratulate your life well lived.
My husband and I will gladly raise a glass tonight and toast your memory and your family and friends.
Cheers to a good man who spoke plainly and frankly. (And it won't be french, I promise.)
Fred, the last week of October starts deer hunting season in Georgia. We (my brother, other members and I) camp out the night before hunting season opens. We'll toast you and I'll tell them about your life as we celebrate our upcoming hunting season. You'll be an honorary member of our hunting club campsite as long as we're here. Rest in Peace and God bless you for your amazing life.
I raise my glass to your memory, your outlook on life, and your life in general. I'm sure you brought smiles to the faces of many people, just as you have done for me. God rest!
God Bless you Fred & your family. I did not know him personally, but he was obviously one of a kind. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Having only just met Fred at my niece, Sara's, marriage to Andy, I am nonetheless grateful to have had the chance to enjoy the enthuasism for life, love and country that Fred exuded. I know he will be missed sorely as his friends and family follow his wishes to celebrate life.
I have never met Fred or anyone in his family. His spectacular obit is being circulated all over the country. I am an obit writer in North Carolina for a small newspaper and this is the best obit I've ever read. The best story I've ever read. My sympathy to his family for their loss. Fred sounds like he had a great time and was very loved by his family. You can't ask for more in this life.
My heart goes out to Fred's family, I miss Fred and I don't even know him.
Hoist one this evening for Fred, indeed!
A man can do no better than to be carried off this field of conflict on his shield, and your "shield" -- your obit, written on your terms and with your values stated plain -- was inspirational, hilarious and well done.
An Excalibur #1 is being fired up this weekend in your honor, sir.
I don't know Fred but after reading this I sure wish I did. Sounds like he really lived life to the fullest.
I grieve for the family and friends, as I just lost my wife/best friend earlier this year.
I did not know Fred, but reading this makes me think he was one heck of a person. May Fred find his eternal party city.
I first heard about Fred's obit on 94.9FM in Atlanta as I was driving to work. I am not one to laugh at obits but what little bit was read by the DJ, I could not help myself. Thanks to Fred, for once I forgot about the Atlanta traffic, if only for a moment. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Fred did something I have intended to do for my kids. I hate to have someone who doesn't have a clue who I am or what I was like to write my obit or preach at my service. Thanks Fred!You are an inspiration to us all .
My deepest sympathy to his family and celebrate his life as if he were still with you.
I suggest there be a "National Day of Fred" celebrated with booze, butter, cigars and of course a cannon. Your legend will live forever. Godspeed my good man.
May God receive you at the pearly gates with a smile on His face and two beers in His hands; one for Him and the other for you.
Fred had the right idea, our lives are to be celebrated, and all the good we do, or don't do, should be remembered. Rest in Peace Fred. Your life won't be forgotten.
My sympathies to Fred's family on his passing. What a wonderful sense of humor he must have had--I wish most of the people I know could be more like him! God Bless.
A gem of a man~
Hope I'm lucky enough to meet him at the next stop.
I didn't know Fred but I do know from reading his Obit that he was a very intelligent man. His lost will affect all of us. My deepest sympathies to his family. But remember...He's only gone round the bend in the road. He's now waiting for the rest of us to catch up.
Fred personifies a favorite quote of mine from William Shakespeare -
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."
I'll give Fred the highest praise I can - I wish he lived next door to me.
Will raise one in Fred's honor tonight.
Sounds like you had a great life Fred. I'll be tipping one for you tonight. Hope to catch up with you in about 50 years!
With condolences and respect for the Clark family, thank you for sharing this brief glimpse of a life well-lived and enjoyed, a quality missed by many. Here's to you Fred.
May Fred rest in peace and his family be comforted. I didn't know Fred but was interested to read his story after seeing it mentioned on the USA Today website.
I am only too sorry I never got to know this man. What a character he must have been. His loss will be felt by his family but I see his memory will live on. God Bless to his loved ones!
Fred, thanks for the sincerety and honesty of your self written obit. Perhaps this will begin a new trend on the sadly produced obit page. As we now know you in death, perhaps we will begin to know the dead, as real people instead of, "he lived, he died, he is survived by etc". I can only pray I write mine as elegantly and casually as you did. I salute you with raised glass sir!
Sounds like Fred arrived at the Pearly Gates saying "damn, what a ride!" Didn't even know you, Fred, but it seems you lived your life to the fullest, as we all should. My sympathy to your friends and loved ones for the major hole you've left in their lives. But I'm sure they'll all be gathered around the bar up there someday to celebrate your new life.
Thank you, Mr. Clark. You made me smile. God bless you and your family.
I never knew Fred, but from reading his obit. I think I would have liked Fred.
Mr. Clark sounds like he lived his life to the fullest up to the very end - the way we all should! Mourn not his death but celebrate his life and the wonderful memories he left behind!!
Tonight I will smoke a stogie and sip a pint of Maker's Mark in celebration of Fred.
So Fred said "don't elect lawyers". I like it!! Thanks Fred for the great advice. May you rest in Peace.
Way to Go, Fred!! You made me laugh
Loved your obit! See you in about 20, (I'm hopin. . .)
I'm less fearful of death having read Fred's obit. Thank you....and "cheers".
Fred you are admired for understanding the true meaning of life-THERE ISN'T ANY!!!
Fred, I never knew you, but I sure wich I did.
Have a cigar, drink a beer and tell God how to run his joint!
God Bless you Fred. I am kind of a comic myself, also living each day as it might be my last. I agree that a funeral could never be as enjoyable as party, especially in the memory of a great person and his love for his family.
Cheers to Fred! I will be tipping a few in his honor this weekend.
When I first read this was the day after my grandfather had passed(I wish his obit could tell his story). I really thankful there are people like fred still out there. Cause if there wasn't life wouldn't be worth it. Thanks for being that kinda person. Heres to the family and friends of Fred.
Looking at Fred's picture, I see a happy face!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intent of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaim...Wow! What a ride..." author unknown
This sure sounds like Fred to me. Sorry I didn't know him. Condolences to his family!
Fred, you were The Man! Too bad we never had the chance to meet. I salute you and I promise it will never ever be anything French.
Wow !!! 69 pages for Fred and still going....I'm inspired to go home tonight, put on some Jerry Jeff Walker (Viva Terlingua which includes Desperado waitin' for the train & up against the wall), pour a glass of Wild Turkey Liquor (101 proof), toast Fred (I know we would have been friends) and start writing my own obit. What a great idea!!!!
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
May I have as much grace and honesty that Fred had. Don't cry for me I am in a better place. Let's party!!!!
WOW! If only we could all be so proactive about planning for our inevitable and unavoidable deaths. Kudos to this man who is an example of how to confront death with humor rather than ignore it with sadness and remorse.
Fred (what a party name, way to cool) I hope that when you got to heaven you and St. Peter toasted and took on a good slug of Old Weller!
FRED PROVES THE 'BIG BANG' THEORY!
MAY WE ALL BE HONORED WITH A TOUCH OF HIS ASH!
Fred I never knew you man but you really kept it real and trill. Have a great journey.
God bless you, Fred. You left a legacy of laughter that won't soon be forgotten. If everyone in the world had your sense of humor, we would all be happier and live much richer lives. You made me smile today, and I thank you for that. You made a difference during your life, and you are still making a difference today. God be with your friends and family who miss you dearly.
Fred - You sound like you were a hoot. I hope you bump into my Mom, Charlotte, wherever you are. She was short - about 5'2" - but no eyes of blue. Ask her to tell you some of her favorite dirty jokes, as only she could. You'll know her by her laugh. Offer her a martini and you'll have a friend for life.
Fred you brought a smile to my heart. You are already missed.
I feel saddened of the fact that I never got to meet you while you lived on this earth. You lived the life that you wanted and took care of the people who you loved. God Bless and may you be with our Great Creator, The Lord God!
My deepest condolence of the loss of someone that was obviously an amazing and much loved individual.Thank you for such a wonderful honest statement of the man. Don't think I've ever laughed so hard at an obit. Here's to you Fred! God bless you all.
I read about Fred in USA Today. I hope I can go out with the same attitude as Fred. God Bless.
I will gladly raise one in your honor tonight. My God watch over you and your family.
Wow! To live life as this man did! What a treat! We should all take this as an example of how we would feel if we lived life exactly like we wanted to and not how everyone expects us to. Long live FRED!
Bravo Fred. You are obviously a man who celebrated life and cared not a whit for death. You've faced your own passing on your own terms. What more can a person hope to do?
I applaud you and celebrated your passing as you celebrated your life.
A smile came to my face as I read this obit.....how often can you say that. God speed Fred and thanks.
Fred, Wherever you are going, I look forward to seeing you there when my time comes. Happy travels.
What a way to go, best of luck to the family, what a way to live and die. Ken
Fred may have been a man many of us never knew, but he certainly made so many of us smile with his parting words. And that's the way all of us would like to be remembered -- with a smile.
My condolences go to Fred's family and friends. What a wonderful person though to have such a comic outlook on the end of his life and how he wanted to be remembered. God has a sense of humor or he wouldn't have created man...think about it...the world has now lost another truly remarkable man, who LOVED his country and his fellow man...my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends...HERE'S TO YOU FRED!!!!!
God Bless You Fred!!!! I know your family will surely miss you!!
Fred, too bad you couldn't have hung around for one last election. We could have used your vote...Hoist a frosty for those of us left behind... You 'da man....
The world needs more Freds and I'm sure he will be missed.
I didnt know Fred but I know I would have liked him. I too shall write my own obituary because who else knows me as well as I. My sympathies to the family but am sure they are remembering the good times with Fred.
I wish I would have known Fred - sounded like a great guy! He will be missed and remembered by all I am sure
can't wait to hear what he has to say at the judgment seat - what a wise guy
we miss u dude
Cheers! Sounds like my kind of guy!!!!
If Fred were a neighbor or co-worker of mine I know I would have loved him and I would miss him too so I know your family lost a very special person. More and more people are starting to see things the way Fred saw them. I agreed with every single thing he said. God rest his soul and may the Lord bless and keep the family. Stephanie Medley (MD)
Fred..When you arrived at the gates I am sure you found them open. Let it be said "Fred, you are all right"
My kind of man......You will surely be missed... Blessings...Ed
WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO COME FACE WITH DEATH. FRED OBVIOUSLY WAS NOT AFRAID AND WANTED EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT BY HIS OBIT. HE DID IT HIS WAY. THANK YOU FRED.
Dear Fred's family, first let me give you my most heartfelt condolences. I lost my father three years ago and it is a tough thing to go through. Second, Fred sounds like my kind of guy, a conservative man who has a fondness for a good cigar and a good drink. In Fred's memory I had a cigar and a drink the other night after reading his obituary and tuned into Sean Hanity. I hate that I missed sadling up on a bar stool and having a belt with Fred while he was alive. I missed a treat it sounds like. I did get to have a few with my World War Two vet, beer drinking, sage old man before his passing. You can learn more from guys like my dad and good old Fred than you can in four years of an Ivy Leage education. Let me close and say, Fred you had style, and you were one of the coolest guys I never met. Here's to you my friend and rest well.
Here's a round for Fred!! What a wonderful philosophy to live by. God bless the family!!
Your obit is a perfect final jab at this excessively politically correct world. From all of us fathers who are not always correct, but never in doubt, we will say a prayer for you and your family. Regarding the double date, I would have picked Laura Ingraham.
reading your obituary sunday morning
will be something i will always remenber..my co-workers & myself have talk all week about..i my self have always felt that the obituary should really be about the person them self...your dad realy capture his self..in some ways my dad's was like that...especialy his love for ritz crackers & peanut butter or the love he had for my mom...or his love for halfpint(his dog)...what your dad did was great...be very proud of him...it takes a very special person to do what your dad did..which has probably opened the doors for alot of people...may the
day you take him back to the river will always be in your hearts
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Touche'! Touche'! This reflection of a man has touched my soul. My deepest symapthy to the family but what a wonderful blessing to have been involved in his life.
Rock on Fred! You are an inspiration for us all. I am certain your family will continue to celebrated your life. My best to them. May the love and support of family and friends comfort and sustain them.
Fred had to be one of the kindest hearted (and intellectually wise) men on this earth. May God grant him a the best-stocked open bar!!
This just goes to show that one should celebrate the life that was lived, rather than simply mourn its passing. Tonight, I will drink a Maker's Mark and curse the politicians. While that's not much different than most of my nights, tonight I will do it in Fred's honor. Godspeed, Fred, and I hope to find a seat next to you at the bar in the everafter.
In Fred's honor a select cigar, fine bourbon and music with my lovely bride.
My condolences on your loss. Although I never met Fred, judging by his self-written obituary, he had quite an uncanny sense of humor. I'm sure that he will be missed greatly. My thoughts are with Fred's family and friends during their time of grief.
God Bless the Clark Family! Wow what a great man to be able to express hiself this way. I think it's great!
My only regret is that I didn't know Fred. Would love to have been the friend.
Here's to you Fred. I was fwd your obit by a friend. I only wish I had the opportunity to know you. Your outlook on life seems what we should all aspire to. Hope to see you and hear your more of your philosphy one day. Again here's to you!
I dont know Fred or his family, and I am sorry for your loss. Fred, Say hello to my step father when you get there..I am sure you will enjoy each others company..
I am one of those people who read the obits everyday. This time I am so glad I did! I had to pass it along via email after reading it! To reach so many with your words and give them something to laugh about even after you're gone is quite the accomplishment! God Bless You Fred! And thanks for smiles you put on so many faces while you're were here and since you've gone home to be with our Lord. God Bless!!!!!!!
Here's to you Fred. I wish I could have met such a funny, well-spirited man. My blessing goes out to your family. It must be hard to lose someone so full of life.
Fred, you made an indellible impression on those you knew while living and to even more via your obit after passing. I'll join others and toast you with Maker's Mark bourbon this evening while I enjoy a beautiful sunset...as this is my ideal life of mediocrity. God speed dear man.
Great Obit, As a Arthur Fred myself I would have loved to have known AF god speed and my condolences to the family
Thank you for the smile! Your family must certainly have cherished you. What a tremendous way to bring a ray of light at such a moment in life. God Bless you and your family.
I wish I knew Fred. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I applaud the statement you just made with this obit.
What to say? His loss will leave a hole in your lives - may God hold you in his hands at this time. That being said, I sure wish I had known Fred - what a joy he must have been - when you belly up to that heavenly bar my Dad will probably be there waiting for you - he could be a live wire too!
Fred has given a whole new meaning to "go for the gusto" ! Hope you had a safe arrival
Wonderful...I think now I can get my parents to write their obit...to have it reflect exactly the wonderful people they are!!
My God receive you into the pearly gates with a smile on his face.
Vera J. Smith expresses sympathy to Fred's family.
Fred seems like the kind of person that I should have known! I hope we get to hoist a couple in heaven some day. My sincerest heartfelt condolences to a family who has lost a real gem.
Fred, I knew when i first met you at Andy and Sarah's wedding that you were funny, interesting, and different. The first words you said to me were some of the most funny i have ever heard and i will never forget them or you. You will be mised.
Thank you, Fred, for the smile you gave me when I read about your approach to life.....I aspire to uphold your memory (and maintain your philosophies) as I drink to your longevity in the land of adventure awaiting you. May your family always be warmed by your love.
A friend sent Fred's obit to me from Richmond. My friend must have been thinking the same thing as me once he had finished reading it. What a wonderful life our group of friends have had and don't take life too seriously. Fred put it in words even we could understand. Here is to you Fred!!!!! The person who broke it down for all of us. We hope we get to heaven with you so we can all get a chuckle.
Thank you Fred,
I truly wish that I had known Fred, he is my kinda guy. He lived and loved life to it's fullest. God bless you Fred, you an inspirations to the rest of us left behind.
Wow, Fred! What a gift you have left to those who are left on this shore. Happy trails, happy sails, and I hope you're raising a glass to your last laugh right now.
Fred, good job with the obit. hope you have a good journey to the next place and when I get there ..please come over and let;s visit...
To the family of Fred Clark. I hope that you hold joy in your hearts to have known such a wonderful man. I shared his obit with many friends and most of my family. With a grin and a slight laugh we rejoiced in his life with the rest of the country. I also will tip my glass to him as so many others have in his memory. God Bless Fred!
I never knew you, but judging from your final words you were a good man with an enormous love for life. Godspeed to you - the world is a bit darker without you in it.
I always asked my wife "why do you read the those obits, they're so depressing". After reading Fred's, I've changed my thinking. If only I had a chance to meet such a man. I am sure he would have influenced me in many ways. Love to your family Fred.
My condolences to the family and friends of Fred Clark. Thank you for sharing the special person that he obviously was. May God bless you and I hope we all meet in heaven for that special drink.
Fred sounds like the good friend I never got to know. I envy his family and friends....the people who knew him. We could use more Freds!!!
Fred Clark must have been a terrific man to know and love. As I sit here in my office this morning at 10:30, just having read Fred's obituary, I am raising a glass of 18 year old MacAllan scotch with a toast to him and with condolences to his family for losing such a wonderful husband and father. Godspeed Fred!
I can only hope to achieve your level of mediocrity! As bourbon would knock me flat, I will have a fuzzy navel tonight to honor the man who made me laugh today.
You have made me laugh and inspired me, and never even knew you. Now that's what I call a legacy!
The world needs more people like Fred..Here to you Fred!
Looks like we lost a really good one! Fred, you were my kind of man!
May you bring as much joy to those you are with as you did here on earth. You were always my kind of guy!
I didn't know you Fred, but i wish i had. I hope you are having a laugh on us all. Good luck in your new position.
My next scotch (21 Year Old Balvenie Port Wood) will be in rememberence of you! Here's to ya!!!
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Fred Clark but his legacy of humor and faith lives on. Condolences to the Clark family.
I am sure that God is laughing with Fred in Heaven.
Sounds like a Wild and Crazy Guy!!
Have a great Eternity!!! From the staff at an artifical living room!!
I too sympathized with Fred's family on his passing and smiled as I read his obit on Sunday morning. I emailed it to a niece stating that I thought that this man had missed his calling by not being a published writer. I now see that Fred's humor is being read world wide. Well done, Fred.
Fred would have been a welcomed guest at deer camp, trout stream, the front porch or the den. He was an original. He will be missed but there are others following in his footsteps, and I know a few. A sip of Lagavulin 16 will be hoisted to Fred this evening. Cheers!
As an Alabamian I'll say "Bless His Heart"; but I was born and raised in Maryland so this evening, after work, I'll have a Mt. Gay Rum and diet coke to celebrate Fred's life. Goodnight Mr. Clark, may you rest in peace.
My daddy, who enjoyed his favorite bourbon and water (mostly bourbon, Ancient Ancient Age) seems to be a kindred spirit with your beloved Fred...hopefully they're sharing a toast and tossing a few back up there in heaven ~ that could have been my dad's obituary 22 years ago...and to his wife and children, may you rest easy knowing how happy a man your husband and father was. I know my dad left this life with no regrets, even though it was too soon for his family, and it sounds as if Fred was the very same. Enjoy his legacy, and I will raise a glass to both of them!
To Fred and his family. When I read his obit I chuckled out loud and wished I had had the chance to meet him in person. The only way to survive in life and keep your sanity is with a great sense of humor. Fred has inspired me to do what I've always wanted to do but have been putting it off - - write my own obit. Have cut the newspaper articles out and will model mine after his. Condolences to all his family.
How lucky your family is to have Fred! How lucky we (the public) are to get to know Fred! Really- I thought a top notch comedian had written the obit- it was a hoot!
I just knew people would be talking about it! Now THAT was how to write an oituarty!
I did not know Fred, but here's to
Fred, may there be more like him.
I am sorry for yourloss but you were blessed to have shared in his life. I also will raise a glass in honor of fred's life with a deep regret that I never had the opportunity to do it with him. Fred is what America is all about.
Fred, Nice Job! Many attempt to live life, most just survive. You lived. G-d bless. ( And by the way, this was a link on Ann's Web site.)
I am so sorry that I did not have the opportunity to meet and spend time with Fred, a man of great humor and obviously, a man of great convictions. You have my greatest sympathy.
Hats off to Fred, a man who lived and enjoyed his life and family! As a fellow cigar smoker and occasional bourbon drinker, I will enjoy Boliva delmontico and tip a Maker's Mark tonight in your honor. God bless.
My prayers are with this family. I know it had to be an honor to have a husband/father like Fred. I bet it was never a dull moment with him around. He sounds as if he was a joy to everyone. I didn't know him but I wish I did. Rest in peace Fred. I know your spirit will live on forever and ever.
'm sorry I did not get to know you. You sound like someone everyone wants or hopes to know.
My sympathy to your family and friends.
My sincerest sympathies to Fred's family, along with a ton of envy of them for having lived with, laughed with and loved this remarkable man. I too, live near the Great Wicomico River and, along with friends, plan to be in a boat nearby when Fred's ashes are fired out upon it's waters - forever sweetening them.
I just wanted to say, "Thanks Fred!" for your wonderful wit and wisdom. Death is sad to those who are still living, but to those that have gone on, it is a transition from their temporary life to their real life in heaven.
God bless you and yours Fred.
Alas, I never knew you Fred, but now I want to. Curses. I can't. Because you're gone. RIP.
This man gave me a smile ... what a blessing he must have been to your lives! God Bless!
The World suffers each time a man such as Fred passes. His words are uplifting, funny and show what kind of man he was. My sympathies go to the family who will miss him, and to those of us who only got to know him throuogh this obituary.
Death doesn't have to be so morbid and you Fred, made it enjoyable. God takes the good,bad and funny. Well Fred 2 out of 3 is a batting average...The good and the funny I mean. I knew there was some one out there with the same kind of personality as mine...Love the way you think....God rest your soul...
a man I can relate to. That obit say's it all and Fred, we will remember you. Not Fred Who? but, yeah, That Fred.
Fred and Family, A great life shared with family and friends, and he lived his life on his terms. I know he will be missed. My thoughs and prayers to his family and friends..Great Obit.
My best wishes for your family. As a new 'come-here' to the Great Wicomico I am sorry not to have met you -- such a great outlook. Peace to you and your family!
You are a trip! Have a great afterlife. Blessings on your family and friends. I hope to hoist one with you on the other side ;)
Love and Light,
A man after my own heart!
You did a good thing. I raise a shot of Jameson's in your honor. Happy Trails to you and yours.
Bill (Chesterfield, VA)
Sincere condolences to the Clark family, and my thanks for the great way to remember Fred. I'm certain that my Dad now has a new friend in heaven, since it sounds like they were long lost brothers. God bless them both, and the Clark's. Keep having fun...
Wow 54 pages on a guest book .. Fred your the MAN .. Goes to show you don't have to know alot of people in life to have alot of friends and respect. BTW I sent the obit to Jay Leno Headlines. My condolences to The family. I didn't know fred but I feel I do now. Heaven is laughing now Fred. Thanks for making alot of people laugh here on earth.
Atta boy, Fred! It sounds like you left quite an impression on those lucky enough to have known you. Please save me a good seat in heaven.
Wish I had known Fred, sounds like a wonderful fun man.
With deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Fred Clark from US Navy personnel at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Boy, that is sure one heck of an obit!!! Sounds like he was quite a guy.
Posting in what will become a legendary guest book. :)
Fred, You were obviously someone who understood that it wasn't the destination that counted but the way you traveled life's road. I'm sure you're looking down from heaven, sipping a little bourbon, smoking a cigar, and enjoying the smiles you created. I wish you an eternity of smiles and enjoyment.
Fred, we need more people like you. You will be missed.
Didn't know you Fred, but I would've loved to. RIP.
Fred's obit made me laugh until I cried. I bought a fish that day and named him Fred because I never want to forget his "spirit of laughter". And Fred the Fish promises to never pee in his fish bowel-on purpose.
Fred sounds much like my dad...and myself. Hooray for him, who had the guts to tell it like it is, regardless of how "society" thinks.
My condolences to the family.
Fred, You will be resurrected every time someone enjoys your obit. Hope you won't mind being disturbed from your reverie. Thanks, good buddy.
good onya Fred. an example to live by.
God Bless you Fred. God Bless
WOW, what a guy! Next time I see an ABC, phone booth or the inside of a beer bottle I'll think of Fred. Sounds like a hellofa guy. I think I'll put Fred's name on the ballot for Gov. of California. California needs him and America SURELY needs him!
Rest in peace good fella, rest in peace.
With deepest sympathies to the Clark family, I truly wish Fred the best in the Hereafter. All of us should aspire to have an obituary that is this cheeky, this amusing, and this loving. Tonight I'll have one (or two) for Fred.
What a great man and what a perfect way to live your life. Unfortunetly I am overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I will tip a bottle to him when I return.
You are a very Blessed man!
You go Fred! You see what an inspiration you've been! We wish we'd known you in life & look forward to meeting you when our day comes. People all over the world have lifted their glasses and hearts to you. What a legacy!
Freds spirit will live on as his words remind us that we all have a little bit of Fred in us that from time to time should be shared while we are still on this earth. Cheers to all who share that memory.
Sympathies to the family and friend. Thanks, Fred, for keeping it up. Brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. Will toast you tonight...
Farewell to a life well-lived and to a man with a wonderful sense of humor and appreciation for life. My sympathies to the family on their loss. I am sure the party up in heaven will be a wild one.
Here's to you Fred & Family,
Your love of life & raw zest for fun and laughter are an inspiration to me. Though I never met you, your lessons are living on in those who share your fun for life. God Bless your family & friends as you will be sorely missed. I'll have a toast in your honor at my next get together!
God speed, Fred! I never knew him but I feel a little happier knowing that people like him still live in this country. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Clearly this man knew how to multitask....a fine,kindred spirit has been lost.Having never met the man I can only admire from afar.....
That is some obituary.
Rest in peace, Fred!
What a wonderful tribute to a man who seems to have laughed till he could laugh no more. Thanks for the chuckle.
Read the article about Fred and his writing in the TD today. He sounds like a wonderful and very witty man! God bless the family and may he be with you all during this time.
Wow, I hope Fred sees the response his unique obit. is receiving. Yesterday only 11 pages and now 54. Fred I hope that you run into my Dad somewhere in your hereafter. May you and yours be an inspiration to us all. A life well lived.
Fred, This Bud's for you!!
My kinda guy!
Fred, remember when we went to different schools together? You were always first at everything. You even got up there ahead of me. Well, save a seat and a libation for me, old pal. I'll be coming when I'm good and ready.
As a felllow Virginian, I toast your memory tonight and share your outlook on life. You are an inspriration to us all and may God's peace be on your family.
I can only hope that my friends and family think enough of me to post something like this when I shuffle off this mortal coil.
Have one for all us, Fred!
In My Pocket
I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.
My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.
They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.
Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.
But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
Fred sounds like someone I would have loved to know. What a wonderful way to go -- with your sense of humor in tact. Toasting to Fred.
Fred thank you for laughs, the drinks and one of the most enjoyable rounds of golf of my life. Cheers to a truly remarkable man......
-Rest in peace my friend!
What a way to go. Thanks for putting Richmond, VA on the map. People like you are always missed.
God called, Fred answered and we were lucky enough to listen on the 'party line'. Go Fred! Give 'em hell (well, maybe in not in a literal sense!). God bless you, see you one day!
I'm sorry my family and friends never knew you Fred, you could have been one of us....God Bless you and your family. I am certain you will be missed more than even you could imagine. I will have a drink in your honor....well probably more than one! Farewell.
Your Chester neighbors....
Here's to Fred. A man who, in his death, reminds us to cherish life with the ones we love and to live each moment as though it were our last.
You seemed like an awesome dude, Fred. Wish I could've shared a few pints with ya. Cheers.
Here's to Fred and friends...
RIP Fred. One always hopes to have family and friends who appear to have loved you and your sense of humor very much. Salud!
God Bless Fred and God Bless America
Other than the cigarettes I could see a nearly identical obit written for my husband one day--he is a man who would have loved knowing someone as genuine and human as Fred!
Fred Baby, you sound just like me except I don't live in Virginia. When my end comes and it happens to us all, I want the stone to say
"Bob, Yeah, he was ok"
see you someday Fred
My condolences to the family on the loss of someone I wish I had known. This has reached me in Toledo, WA today. Fred, I will have a drink to you tonight.
My sympathies to the family, and I'll lift a glass (or two) to Fred's memory. Sounds like he was a great person. You all should be proud of him
I'm willing to bet a bottle of Fred's favorite brew that he would have just loved the way his exit from this world is panning out!
Despite the wholesome humor exhibited in Fred's obituary, my deepest sympathies are extended to his wonderful family. To have lost this man, who was so obviously well balanced, is going to leave a big empty space in your hearts.
May his memories, and his humor, sustain you as you adjust to his absence. Bless your hearts.
How impressive to have the capability to bring together so many souls of apparently similar values. May your afterlife be as enjoyable as your earthly life was. Thank you for having touched so many lives in a positive way.
My goodness! You lived not too far away. I would have loved to have met you and your family as they are most likely as special as you were and still are. What a legacy. We all could learn a little from Fred and God bless him for his insight into what life is all about. My condolences to Fred's family and "friend" (sic) and may God bless you always. He brought a smile to my face and took an ache away from my heart. We need more people on this earth who shine as obviously he did.
Fred has to be the coolest man ever born, and that's just what I'm feeling from reading the obit. Rock on Fred! I certainly hope there was a jukebox rocking at your life party. Would've been awesome to have been there. Go Fred, go :)
"Do a little dance, make a little love...get down tonight....get down tonight!"
To a life well-lived and a family well-loved. Our sympathies are with you in your loss, yet our hearts are blessed by your willingness to share his soul with us.
MY CONDOLANCES TO THE FAMILY
FRED SEEMED TO BE THE KIND OF GUY
ANY PERSON WOULD BE GLAD TO HAVE
KNOWN- A TIP OF THE JACK TO HIM
Good job, Fred. Finally, a man I can respect...and emulate.
My sympathy to Fred's family. He left a lasting legacy and is now remembered worldwide. Wish I had known him.
My sympathies to the family and friends of Fred Clark. It sounds as though the man never had a bad day in his life. The world needs many more people like him.
Having read so many obits that talk about someone's "courageous battle" with this disease or that disease, it is comforting to find a man so at peace with his life and so ready for what may lie ahead. Thank you to Mr. Clark's family for submitting such a thought provoking summary of their father's/husband's/grandfather's personality. You should be very proud.
Cheers, Fred. This one's on the house!
Cheers to you Fred! I hope the reaction to my passing is celebrated so positively!
from a family that has constant chaotic fun of 2 adults and 4 teenagers and adding to our family as well and the neighborhood teens:)in and out all the time..this man that I/we never knew came into our lives through a newpaper and brightened our day, made us smile and allowed us to apprectiate alittle more. Hats off to a man that not only touched our lives briefly but so many in his personal life...although we are sorry for his loved ones loss..we thank him for a smile. See you on the other side Fred **cheers**.
Fred was one of the "GREAT ONES"!God bless him, and all whom he loved! P.S. I'm getting plowed tonight in his honor!!!!
My deepest condolences to the Clark family. We'll be lifting a shot of bourbon tonight in your honor Fred, you were truly a gentleman and a scholar.
My deepest sympathy to family, friends and loved ones on losing someone as special as Mr. Frederic Arthur (Fred) Clark! I never met him, but his unique obituary makes me wish I had.
With deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Fred Clark. And may God bless and keep you all. I am sure Fred is being missed and that his loss is great. He sounds like a wonderful human being, and the world needs more like him.
dear fred and family: as i sit here and pour a few crisp and tasty clean icehouse beers down the old gullet while watching pink floyd's latest release PULSE on dvd, I have to ask myself ......self: do i want people to mourn me me and live their lives in sorrow or do i want them to remember the good times and the laughs and smile at my memory,........ as i drink another beer and ponder(burrrrrrrrp!!!)i say hats off to fred and his family ...say hi to my brother rick for me, he was just like you.......
I didn't know you, Fred....But MAN I miss you...and I sooooo want to see that phone booth stunt. Love and prayers to the remaining members of your humor troop....how they must be mourning, and sipping....my glass is raised....CHEERS!
I did not know you, Fred. But I know you now. I am buying a bottle of bourbon tomorrow and I will drink the whole thing in your memory. And chuckle, and laugh. Thanks for a large bright moment or two.
MAY GOD REST FREDS SOUL, WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN HIM, SOUNDS LIKE MY TYPE OF GUY!Funny, but just enough spunk.
Fred, lookin' down from above I'm sure your grinning from ear to ear. I just had to look your obituary up after hearing about it. What a tribute to you, and your family, being remembered by so many worldwide. Thanks Fred, for making me smile.
God Bless the Clark Family,
Fred...a true American...!!!!
God rest his soul....
I wished to have known you - but feel I now do.
Thank you for forcing me to examine how I am living my own life; as I approach "halftime" I realize that I need to laugh more - and provide more laughter.
Received the obit. at the end of a long day. It reminds one of what is important in life. I am sorry for your loss. I will have a cocktail tonight in his honor. God Bless.
What a guy!
I wish we had meet in some bar some were and got drunk together,what a hoot that would have been!
I'm going to go to the ABC store,get a 5th of single malt scotch whisky,old enoulf to vote,go to the river,play my bagpipes(Amazing Grace)and drink to Fred.
I feel I've missed something by not knowing him!
"Cuimhnich air na daoine o'n d'thaining thu". that's Scottish Galic for,(Remember the men from whom you are descended)
Less we forget,rest in peace.
I bet Fred enjoyed life to the fullest, without caring what others thought!! I'm sure his family misses him, but enjoy the memories he left behind!!!
Fred, you're a heckuva guy!
Thank goodness he had a chance to write that--It has really put a smile on a lot of faces. Fred had a great sense of humor.
Fred, I never knew you, but we would have gotten along famously. You were my kind of guy. May you Rest In Peace.
Frederic has inspired me to pause and reflect on my life, to stop and smell the roses, and to take a few moments to compose my own obituary so that I may aspire to receive what I suspect may be more recognition in death than what was received in life.
Thanks for the wonderful obit Fred. I know you are reading all of these and laughing. I didn't know you personally but I knew/know people like you. You were/are a few and far between person.
Godspeed Sir and thoughts and my prayers are with the family
This shows me that Fred loved his family & friends very much. He wanted to be remembered with laughter & love. It made me cry to read about that love. Say Hi to my family up there Fred!
I am just a stranger who read the amazing and wonderful legacy. Your family sounds very luck to have had him in your lives. Please accept my sincere sympathies and prayers.
Too bad we couldn't have passed/stumbled in the ABC store. my glass will be held high to the stars for you.
Hope my Dad is lucky enough to be sitting next to you, Fred, at the Big Bar in the Sky. You can share a few beers and a few good jokes! Cheers!
To The Clark Family, my deepest condolences. My own father was a man like Fred...they will have a terrific time in Heaven.
It has made the rounds to CO and cheers to Fred. We drink in your honor tonight.
wish you had have run for public office we need men like you not the phoney spinless gutless wonders types we seem to get in office today .,,, rest in peace and i will have a drink for you
Congratulations on a life lived to the fullest.....I hope to sit with you sometime and condemn politicians, lawyers, politicians, bankers, politicians, and others of the ilk....especially politicians. Your family will surely have many fond memories.
We didn't know Fred but we wished we did. The only thing more remarkable than Fred's obit is that the family published it. Our hats off to you for giving Fred the send off he desired and deserved. Our sincere condolences to the family . We know you'll miss Fred but what a beautiful way to go! We're going to have one in Fred's honor right now and remember- if you're not living on the edge you're taking up too much room!
The Wrenns Chuck Hollie Eliza and Vivi
I did not know Fred but wish I had. What a great sense of humor. He will be missed.
What a delightful man! I'm sorry I wasn't able to know him...and my sincere sympathies for your loss.
Full of love and absent of fear. Way to go Fred!!
Wish I had met him. His Obituary is the best ever! What a sense of humor. God is laughing now.
May God's blessings join my condolences to the family of Fred Clark. Although I didn't have the pleasure of knowing his writings before his passing, his humor and love of life and family are outstanding, and I can only imagine the joy he brought to those who were honored to know him personally. Like many who've signed this guest book before me, I intend to make a point of lifting a glass this evening to toast a true original.
I am very happy for Fred's family that they had the pleasure of his presence! I didn't know him personally but, I like his style! I hope the family won't mind if I take a page from Fred's book and write my own obit also. THere's no telling how mine will turn out. Thank you Fred! You da man!
I did not know Fred. My loss.
Cattle die, kindred die,
Every man is mortal:
But the good name never dies
Of one who has done well.
Fred now lives forever in the minds of all of us who have read and enjoyed his witty last words. I never knew you, but I'll rembember your words. Don't rest in peace, go with a bang!
RIP, Fred. Let's face it, folks when life is good, it is very, very good, when life is bad it is very bad. But Fred keeps it all in perspective.
Make Laughter your legacy.
You certainly hhad the right idea about life. Sorry to see your was cut short. I am certain though, that you knew what living life to the fullest meant. Rest in Peace, though I never knew, I ceratinly wish Idid.
Fred has left quite a legacy...his obit says it all.Thank you for sharing.
Congratulations to Fred on a life lived with guts...One can tell from this obit this guy had a terrific sense of humor.
Fred, a man who knew what he wanted and how he wanted it. Reading this Obit caused me to remember my Grandfather, Pappa. I hope the two of you meet.
Fred (and family),
We raised a toast (10-yr old Glen Morangie) to you in our office today after reading your obit. You would have fit right in with us, enjoying a beer somewhere close to the end of the day and taking grief for it from Sandy T. However, the illustrious Ms T did join in the sipping O' the scotch (and then did her requisite whiskey jig). Your life is an inspiration to us all to live life to the fullest.
Shine on Fred.
Deepest sympathies to the family and friends. There will be beers cracked open worldwide in honour of Fred including here in tropical Australia.
He sounded like a great husband, father, relative and friend. Honest, real and down to Earth. Those qualities are treasured and I think everyone needs a litle Fred inside themselves.
May we all live and enjoy life on our own terms! Your family was very lucky to have known you. Sorry I didn't have the pleasure.
With most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Fred Clark, may the memories you hold of him stay with you for the rest of your lives.
And Fred, slainte mate.
We get a little taste of heaven when we hear about people like Fred. Wouldn't it be nicer right here in THIS life if we could all show a little more of his kind of sparkle?
When I heard this notice read on the radio this morning I thought it had to be a hoax. How glad I am to find that it wasn't. While I know Fred will be missed by family & friends, I'm sure his memory will last for their lifetimes. I wish I had known ya, Fred. Sounds like you were a fine man & a proud American. May you live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate to have beed a part of your life.
I am sorry for your loss.
It is nice that a life that touched so many people and brought so many smiles continues to do so.
What a tribute to a man whose out look on life has touched so many....and brought smiles to us all...his influence has now spread world wide and I hope that he is resting peacefully with a full bottle of Jack...Powhatan County will miss you......Cheers to Fred!
Fred, you sound like a man after my own heart. I am going to light a cigar and have a stiff belt of scotch to your memory! What a wonderful tribute! Party on dudes and dudedetts
Here's to Fred. I will have a bourbon tonight in his memory. Deepest condolences.
Fred - Not much into liquor, but I will gladly drink a pint of Gunniess in your honor. You are an inspiration on how to live and die with laughter! I am truly sorry for your families loss. I know they must miss your humor.
I am truly inspired by this man! I am happy for his family who got to enjoy and be a part of his life! I am sure it was fun! And just remember, he will always be with you!!
To the Family of Fred Clark, I am sorry for your loss. The Obit was forwarded to me as an email link under the subject: I wish I would have know this man...... The humor in the obituary brought a smile to all that read it, God Bless Fred. I had a drink last night in his memory.
This may revolutionize the way obits are written.
It's not one that will be forgotten any time soon.
Tell it like it is Fred!
My condolences to the rest of the family.
My condolences to the Fred Clark family. And bravo on the content of the obituary.
I am going to light a good cigar and enjoy a good slug of bourbon tonight in memory of a man I never met, but wished I did. This world is less without a man of his humor and wit.
YOU GO FRED, see you on the other side.
Word of Fred's passing is beginning to spread across the nation. It reached me in Houston today.
Fred was a great American in every way. One of the legacies he has left is a demonstration of why we should write our own obituaries.
After reading Fred's obituary, I have resolved to write mine, though I hope not to need it for another 25 years. But one never knows.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Clark before his passing and I must say his final words sound like him. He was a funny man and I will cherish the memories I have of him.
My thoughts will continue to be with Mrs. Clark, her two sons and Sara.
Fred sounds like he was an awesome man. I know he is going to be very sadly missed. What a fabulous obituary...honest, funny and what a celebration!
Fred, just keep on going, don't look back!
Fred - In the words of Verizon, "Can you hear me now?" Anyway, I guess I'll never get that $20 you owe me, unless of course they have money in Heaven. But why would you need money there? Isn't everything free? Party hearty, Freddie, and I'll see you again someday(hopefully in about 50 years).
To the friends and family memebers of Fred Clark:
Our condolences to those who have lost a great friend, father and husband.
His friends at Maker's Mark distillery will raise a tall glass of bourbon and water in Fred's memory. It sounds like we lost a real good one.
Here's to Fred!
Emily, Bill and the folks at Maker's Mark
To Fred's family: Thank you for sharing his wonderful story. He must have been one helluva guy! May the smiles his obit has brought to so many help to bring peace to your hearts.
To Fred: Be on the look out for a guy named Lowell up there. He's my Dad and truly one of a kind -- as you seem to be as well. He always did it his way, too. I think you'll have a great time looking down on all of us together.
Fred - a man after my heart. I am the one who lost out because I did not know you. This is the best and probably the most realistic obit I have ever read!
My deepest condolences to Fred's family. This obituary was truly an inspiration, and hearing about the type of man Fred was, I know that he is sitting back having a beer with my dad right now! GOD BLESS!
All the sudden I have the urge to pour up a nice Makers Mark...At home of course....What a character Fred must have been! You were lucky to have him.
I'm just proud to share Fred's name. I agree with him on just about everything. I'm going to enjoy some George Dickel, the best Tennessee whiskey, in his honor tonight.
TO THE FAMILY: I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND I KNOW YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO LAUGH AT OBITUARIES. I JUST COULDN'T HELP IT. FRED SOUNDS LIKE MY KIND OF A MAN AND I KNOW WE WOULD HAVE BEEN FRIENDS AS WE SHARE MANY OF THE SAME FEELINGS. THANKS
You da man, Fred. Godspeed!
Fred, You are an inspiration to us all!
May a peace as solemn as that of bourbon flowing on the rocks be with your family.
I, my friend Larry and my other friend Larry will hoist one in your honor.
I never met Fred, but from what i have read he appeared to enjoy life and the humor that comes with it. 3 Cheers for Fred and I tip my glass to you!
Bravo Fred! Tonight I will savor Maker's Mark in memory of a true American patriot. (And perhaps savor a Monte Cristo as well.)
I know Fred will be missed. Such style! Fred, you give new meaning to the phrase "Way to go"!
When I die, I do not want my
body put in an "artificial living room" (a.k.a. funeral home)
I want a party like Fred with
fine wines and I want to see people laughing and telling funny stories about me like the fact that I still have a 1980's hairdo and I am personally keeping disco alive.
Here's to Fred for doing it his way!
Cheers! This is the way to live!
A larger than life personality and spirit transcending all the earthly bounds...he will surely be infinitely interesting to all on high! God Bless you Fred!
Dear Fred, for years I have always thought about writing my own obituary. Because I thought that no one else would know my final thoughts better than me! But I thought I must be strange! Well Fred thanks for being my inspiration! Prayers and Well wishes to your family.
See you in the land beyond!
What a glorious and honest tribute. Fred, you made this girl half a world away smile, and you never even met her. Thankyou for that, and my love to your family, they were very lucky to have you.
Even in death, Fred is an isnpiration for life! RIP Fred!
What a rush coming out of that cannon. You are a man of vision and I like the view. We have a phone booth here in Galax and I intend to throw a party for you for at the Ol' Time Fiddlers
Convention with 40,000 of my closest friends. Gods Speed
You seem like a great man Fred. May you rest in peace. My 1st TD I throw this year will be for you. God Bless.
Fred, good friends know how you take your coffee but great friends will add booze. You give me hope.
My condolences go out to Mr Fred Clarks family. He sounds like one heck of a man, if only more could be like him. Thanks to the family for sharing, his obit was a great inspiration.
The people you "want to" meet in heaven, definately Fred! Congratulations on a life well lived!
I have tears in my eyes and a smile on my face thanks to a man I never knew. We're struggling with lung cancer in our home and I will share Fred's words with my family as an example of how we should follow his lead to cherhish each day. Cheers!
Thank you, Fred, for providing our Sunday morning entertainment while we drank coffee and read the newspaper. Your obit was truly inspiring and I extend my sincere condolences to your family. You are one of a kind. Laura
I wish I had known you. Your outlook on life is one that I truly share. I hope I will be as creative with my obit. I have told many, to have a "heck" of a party and remember me well. I will "toast" to you this evening.Tell my "mom" I love her and miss her much. Thanks to the Clark family for sharing their love one with us. Live well, laugh often and love much.
My sincere condolences and congratulations to Fred's family. I have been collecting obituaries for more than twenty years, and Fred's is the most honest, and finest and funniest I've ever read. I'm not only sorry I never met Fred, but I also truly regret that I'll probably never meet his fabulous family. You must have had a marvelous time writing this. And I know Fred helped. I longer drink, but here's to Fred and to all of his loving family. Cheers and cheers. I hope you have to rent the Coliseum in Richmond for his life celebration party.
Best regards and God bless us all, everyone.
Few of us have the perspective that Fred had. He realized that the little things in life are, in fact, the most important. Hilarious and poignant-he loved his family and used the wit that God gave him until the end. My thoughts are with his family. They've lost an original.
My most heartfelt wish is that Fred is having a rip-roaring laugh at his obit and enjoying all the messages from well wishers. Obviously whomever wrote the obit is carrying on the legacy. I raise my glass to you!
You have shown us how to celebrate life and laugh at what our loved ones did! Thank you for your loving tribute. Fred, here is hoping they have cigars and beer in Heaven!
Fred could have been a member of my family. What a nice tribute.
See ua on the other side Fred....Stinky
Let's have a drink together when we get to meet.
My deepest sympathy to the family of this wonderful man. ALthough I never had the pleasure of meeting Fred, I am so glad to know that his passion for life, his love of family, and his dedication to his country have made such a mark on the hearts of so many people. He will be missed here on terra firma but I am sure Heaven is now a better place with Fred in residence.
Right before your fahter passed away, mine did, his name was also Fred. We did set up a big bar for people to drink in my father's memory and to share his love of scotch. I admire your father's humor and that you honored your father's wishes. I hope your family's wit and love of life help you though the difficult times.
My condolences to the family. I wish I could have met Fred-he sounded like a swell guy! God Bless.
My condolences to Fred's family.
I never had the chance to meet you Fred. And I have never indulged in smoking or ahcoholic beverages. However, we seem to have other simular thoughts about living and enjoying life to it's fullest.
As I turn up my diet drink, I salute you!
Just hope I meet you some day in my next life.
Fred sounds like someone I would cherish as a friend.
To Fred: I wish I had the honor to know you and to laugh with you. You will obviously be missed.
To those left behind: Celebrate his life and legacy and have one for me.
Fred must have been a great guy. God bless him and his loved ones.
My condolences first of all to the family of Fred. What a Trooper. Celebrate all those good times now and all those to come.May, God Bless All.
Fred, I hope it is some time before I meet you, but an looking forward to a cold one with you. The world would be such a nicer place with more folks like you! Thank you Fred & carry on!
D. Godsey - Richmond
First, my sincere sympathy to Fred's family as I know you will greatly miss this terrific man. Although I did not know Fred, he sounds like a man with a terrific sense of humor - a positive thinker!! What an attitude! We can all learn from him. He said it all and I can tell - he meant it all!!! I believe the entire family has alot to celebrate regarding Fred's life, and will surely miss him. We have a place on the Great Wicomico and look forward to the big bang!!! We will salute Fred!
Quite possibly the most refreshing and enlightening obituary I have ever read. My sympathies on Fred's passing, and rest assured I will tip a glass to Fred this evening (or right now - after all, it is cocktail hour somewhere)!
My sympathies to Fred's family. I wish I had known Fred. He seems like the life of the party and a wonderful, kind and funny person. Fred's love of life and how to live it, is encouraging. Bless him and his family, for doing it right (his way) - and not by the book. Enjoy the memories (I am sure there are many). I hope one day to pass him in heaven and share a smile, joke and maybe even a drink.
Cheers, Kells ;)
While alive, you were this liberal's kind of conservative........Rest easy.
I never knew Fred until reading his obituary, but I know for a fact the world is a smaller, meaner place without him. "Excelled at mediocrity"? Who could aspire for anything higher?
I miss him already. My condolences to his family, and I hope that his sons rise to their father's example.
Fred was a heck of a guy it seems. We will cherish his humor and personality for years to come. I hope I make it to Heaven some day to meet this oh so wonderful man.
If the obituary is any indicator Fred was a man that I would have enjoyed having as a friend. God Bless his family.
A prayer for the family, I'm sure this great man will be missed greatly.
I almost feel bad for laughing at the obituary but this is obviously how he wanted to be remembered, as someone who make people smile.
I wonder if he would've known that thanks to the internet...he'd make a LOT of people smile?
I do not drink but I will remember Fred the next time I have some bacon. I never knew him, but I wish I had.
God Bless and take care...
Fred, it sounds like you touched many people during your life, and just look at how many you are touching in death!!! WOW! What a legacy! My codolences to the Clark family.What a void is left in Fred's departure. I guess that void will be filled a little each time one of you thinks of one of the many things that Fred did to make you laugh, when you lift a drink, and when you all get together and have fun. (and I get the feeling that those times are many). May God bless you all.
P.S. Fred, look up my uncle Dave Franklin sometime. Ya'll sit back, hoist a cold one, cast a fishing line out into that "celestial sea" and do what you both did best... LAUGH!!
Fred sounded like a great guy, the kind of person you would love to be around. I know it is sad time for the family and friends, but it did bring a smile and laugh to us on Sunday when we read it. In fact, I printed it out to send to my friends back home. Everyone should take a page from his book and live each day to the fullest. And of course, our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
First, condolences to the family. Obviously a joy to you, he was even able to save some for the rest of us!
A true virginian! VIVA FRED!
i shall drink a bottle of virginia gentleman in your honor.
kudos to the mediocre!
Fred, I didn't even know you, but thanks for the smile! Hold a spot for me at the bar!
Fred had a date of birth and a day he passed on, but he truely did live life to the fullest in the dash in between.
Fred was a good guy, sadly missed by all members of ICWF.
I wish I would have shared a drink and conversation with Fred. My condolinces to the family.
I'm sorry I didn't get to meet Fred when I lived in Richmond. He, and his family, sound like great people to have over for a cookout!! I shared the unique style of Fred's life with the office and they loved it too!
My sympathies and prayers for Fred's family. Fred sounds like the type of person I would like to sit with next to a fire at a fishing lake with a beer in one hand a fishing pole in the other. I am sorry that I did not know you, Fred. Godspeed.
Condolances to the Clark Family; Fred Clark will continue to touch people for a long time and in ways he could only imagine.
Bravo for the best obit I have ever read! Fred seems like the kind of character we need more of in life...Rest in Peace, Fred. My prayers to your family and friend. Cheers!!
What a guy, it sounds like Fred has left his family with many stories that will carry on and through them he will to.
I commend you for living your life "True" While you're up there, look up a guy named Terry Lamond, you would like him..
As most great men whose grandeur is appreciated by more after passing.
Fred sounds like the kinda guy I would have cherished as a friend. The love of family and lust for life he shows in his obituary is inspiring. He is now an honorary Outbacker. His passing is a great loss to you and your family and you have our deepest sympathy.
I have just added one more name to my list of "Folks I'd like to have a beer with in Heaven,should I be so fortunate to end up there". My condolences to Fred's family.
Firstly, my condolences to Fred's family.
Secondly, way to go Fred and Family!!!
In celebration of the good times that have been and are to be.
I am inspired to wear out not to rust out! Cheers! Betty Rose
In honor of Fred, I'll be making a trip to the liquor store after work and will raise my glass to a great man. Hopefully some day I can do a double date with Coulter and Rush.
Hi Fred! I am 56 years old and have never had a drink of any sort of ahcoholic beverage. However, after reading your delightful obit, I am tempted to have a drink in your honor. Nah! you wouldn't want a wuss like me drinking in your honor. To the Clark family: You are one of the luckiest families in the world. To have had a loved one with Fred's sense of humor and to understand it and allow him his last hurrah is wonderful. . . . Tell you what I'll do, Fred. I'll raise a great big glass of ice cold iced tea and take a big swallow in your honor. What the hell, I'll drink the whole glass! Thanks for being you!
Bravo for a life well lived and a sentiment well captured. Peace be with you.
God bless you, Fred. Maybe one day in the great beyond you will get to crash that cocktail party.
The obit sounds like something my husband would like to pen for himself!!! He flew helicopters in Vietnam and the only thing he wants when he dies is a big party and have his ashes sprinkled over our property in the Shenandoah Valley, VA. By helicopter of course!! Fred sounds like he was a very special person and I hope all the comments in this guest book will give you a smile. My condolences.