James G. Clark, of Elmridge Rd., Pawcatuck, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at the age of 90. He was the husband of the late Rosann (Sposato) Clark.
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Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Melvin K. and Edith M. Clark. The family (parents, Edie, Olive, Clara and Jim) moved to New Mexico in 1930. They moved in 1939 to Tucson, Arizona.
October of 1941 Jim enlisted in the US Navy, proudly serving as a torpedo man until his retirement in October of 1961. A few of the vessels and stations he served on were: USN Submarine Base; Pearl Harbor & New London, Conn, Naval Air Station Los Angles, USS Prichett, USS Cushing, USS Black, NAS Quonset Point, R.I., USS Bon Homme Richard. Following retirement, he was employed in the civil service with the United States Postal Service, Westerly (1962-1965) and continued his career in civil service at the Submarine Base, Groton (1965-1978). He was a member of the Fleet Reserve in Groton, Branch 237, a member of the North End Social Club, the Pawcatuck Harley P. Chase VFW Post #1265 and the Pawcatuck Italo-American Club.
Jim enjoyed his daily crossword puzzles (hand delivered daily by his friend and neighbor Mark Tetlow), woodworking, weekly trips to the sub-base for coffee with his base buddies, computer games and watching Discovery & car channels, THE Boston Red Sox and UConn Women's Basketball ("his girls").
Jim will be missed by all that knew him. He leaves a sister-in-law, Nellie Sposato Riley (neighbor, chef & companion), of Pawcatuck; nieces & nephews: Dean Riley & wife Debbie of Stonington; Sharon Burnes of AZ & family, Sheri Rubin, Kerri, Liza, Diana, Mandy & Todd; Peggy Boldman & husband Mike of ID & family, Ellie Boldman-Hill & Chris Boldman; Mary Alice Young of AZ; Carol Young of AZ; Patti Wynn of TX & daughters, Amy Zamorano & Margie Wynn-Eckert, along with many additional nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
At Jim's request, visiting hours are omitted. Funeral service and burial will be private. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in charge of the arrangements. For online condolences, please go to www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
59 Spruce St.
Westerly, RI 02891
Published in The Westerly Sun from Jan. 19 to Feb. 15, 2014