HAWLEY - Clifford W. Clark, Sr., 79, died on Feb. 8, 2013, Friday evening at his 5th generation family farm in Hawley, MA.
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Born on June 16, 1933 in Northampton, he was the son of the late Mervin and Helen (Wells) Clark. Growing up on the family farm, Cliff attended the Williamsburg schools and later was a graduate of the Smith School in Northampton in Mechanical Studies. After High School, he worked on the farm and in 1955 he purchased his first piece of equipment.
In 1958, he worked for Graves Chevrolet in Williamsburg and in 1963 Cliff started his own company, C&A Repairs, then continued on to include Clarks Excavating. For over 25 years, he also operated school buses to service the Smith School.
Cliff, since he was 18, enjoyed playing the fiddle in the Country Friendship Band at many local Square Dances and all the local county fairs. He was also a John Deere Tractor enthusiast collecting many different models and also competing in the local tractor pulls.
Cliff was predeceased by his wife of over 40 years, Anestia (Taylor) Clark, and his cherished granddaughter, Brandy Cichy.
He will be missed by his children: Sara Clark of Buckland, Clifford Clark, Jr. of Williamsburg and Tilly Clark of Easthampton; his grandson, Bradford Osgood, and his wife Hillary. He leaves his brother, Linwood Clark of Haydenville. Cliff also leaves his friend and companion, Jane Goodnow.
Calling hours will be held this Saturday from 4 to p.m. at the Williamsburg Funeral Home, 3 South Main St., Haydenville, MA 01039. Burial in the Village Hill Cemetery will be announced in the spring.
Contributions may be made to the Overlook Hospice, 91 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301.
Published in The Recorder on Feb. 13, 2013