Clarence "Clancy" Schar died on Feb. 16, 2013. He was born in Chicago, Ill., on Feb. 4, 1925. Clancy was reared in Chicago, Ill. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943, attended the University of Georgia and St. Olafs College, Minnesota, and was discharged in 1948 as an officer and a naval aviator. After attending Wright College in Chicago, he became a flight instructor for the U. S. Air Force at Bartow Air Force Base, Fla. He joined American Airlines as a pilot in 1953 and retired as a captain in 1983, having been based in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City during his career.
Clancy had in innate talent for cartooning and was the cartoonist for his college newspaper, The Wright College News. He had numerous cartoons published in aeronautical magazines and provided a weekly cartoon for his wife"s column in the Fort Myers News Press. His cartoons appear in a book of airline anecdotes he co-authored.
He retired from San Diego, Calif., to Sanibel Island, Fla., and relocated in St. Augustine, Fla., in 1991. He was a member of the Grey Eagles (AAL), the Quiet Birdsmen (QB"s), St. Augustine Navy League and the Marsh Creek Marsh Rats. He enjoyed golfing, and was an avid sport sailor while residing on the Pacific coast and the shores of Lake Michigan.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kurt Matthew Schar and a brother, Kenneth Schar.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances Schar; and son, Mark Schar (Elizabeth); grandsons, Thomas and John; niece, Nancy Mann (Richard); nephews, Glenn Schar (Cheryl); Robert Schar (Cindi).
Private services will be held at Craig Funeral Home, and burial will be at sea.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Marsh Creek Country Club, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, for friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main Street, Taunton, MA 62780, in honor of Staff Sergeant Brian Schar, or
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park (www.craigfuneralhome.com) is in charge of the arrangements.