Clarke, James M.
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James M. Clarke, 59, of Danbury, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at his home. Jim was born in Danbury on April 10, 1953, a son of the late William and Patricia (O'Connor) Clarke. He attended Danbury schools and graduated from Henry Abbott Technical School in 1971, to which he became a licensed electrician in 1976. But Jim's true passion in life began in 1977 while attending Western CT State University; he became disc jockey at the school's radio station, WXCI, and because of his talents, unanimously was voted a lifetime member. Jim's professional career started immediately after working at local radio station, I-95, where Jim had various working shifts from a popular morning show where he was known as "Commander Clarke" to a very successful late night show called "Clarke after Dark". Jim loved to hear music and play it, eventually becoming an accomplished guitar player himself. He will be remembered for his love of the popular band "the Beatles" ready to discuss his knowledge of their music and their lives at any time, and play their songs whenever, wherever he could.
Besides the Beatles, Jim also loved sports, whether watching his beloved NY Yankees & Giants or playing softball and basketball with family and friends. Jim was always ready with his notorious hugs, firm handshakes and never-ending humor. He truly loved to make people laugh whenever he could, and his sense of humor will stay forever. Jim will be sorrowfully missed by his entire family and friends, especially his 2 children, Jimmy and Kelly, who Jim adored more than life itself. His former wife, Patti Johnson of Middlebury, siblings, Judy Ginty and her husband, Tom of Danbury, Nancy Bell and her husband, Jim of Florida, Dan Clarke and his wife, Carol, of Brookfield, and Billy Clarke and his wife, Irene, of New Milford, along with several nieces and nephews and many close friends from WXCI and I-95 radio stations.
"Let It Be"
The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury on Sunday, October 21, 2012 between the hours of 3 PM and 7 PM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Uncle Jimmy's Good Day Sunshine Fund, www.gofundme.com/commanderjim would be appreciated.
Published in News Times from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2012