FLORENCE - Richard W. (Bud) Clark, Jr., 48, passed from this life on Saturday, Dec. 8 2012.
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He was born Dec. 6 1964, in Florence. Bud grew up here and attended local schools. He graduated from Smith Vocational High School where he studied auto mechanics. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
"Bud" aka "Buck" or "Buddy" was the life of the party and he loved to entertain. With his longtime girlfriend Karen, they would host parties and family gatherings at their home in Hatfield. The "Tiki" bar is open! We all loved to watch a movie in the "home theater", or gather around the outdoor firepit, or relax in the hot tub, because Bud knew how to have a good time.
Bud was also an avid musician, performing concerts at nursing homes and senior centers in the area. From the time Bud was a boy he had a special affinity for senior citizens. In our neighborhood growing up, Bud would watch out for the elderly residents, shoveling snow and mowing lawns and running errands, happily accepting payment of a few homebaked cookies or a pair of handmade mittens for his efforts, because Bud was always more interested in helping people than in recieving the money.
In recent times, Bud enjoyed playing tennis with his father, Dick Clark, and Dick's "geezer ball" friends. Bud also had fun fishing and camping at Tully Lake with his brothers, nephews and his friend, Jim. Bud could be seen around town driving his Mercedes sports car and working real estate with Denny Nolan. And Bud was looking forward to his new project as a promoter and booking agent for Roger Saloom and his band.
Above all, Bud loved his family. His children, Erika and Brendan, and his granddaughter, Logen, were absolutely the lights of his life. He leaves his loving girlfriend and partner Karen; his precious granddaughter, Logen; his daughter, Erika and her husband, Casey Goddard; his son Brendan; and his parents, Dick and Jeanette Clark. He is also survived by his brothers, Tom, Tim and Joe Clark and his sister Delia Shean, as well as many nieces and nephews and so many great friends and acquaintances. Everyone will miss their beloved, "Uncle Buck"
A celebration of life service will be held at the Florence CIvic Center on Friday evening beginning at 5 p.m. with a reception to follow.
Donations in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Logen Goddard Education Fund at the Florence Branch of the Northampton Cooperative bank.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 12, 2012