William F. Clark

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William F. Clark, Bill died on 3/19/2013 after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born in Winthrop, Mass to William H. and Evelyn A. Clark in 1926 as a second generation Scot. Ever the prankster, he grew up in Winthrop busy with sailing, hockey, baseball and playing the coronet for the Salvation Army Band. Sailing since age four in Hustlers, Thistles, Indians, Stars, 505s and finally in his favorite 210s, he won several National Championships and traveled about the country to race. Once retired at 75 from the rigors of competitive sailing, he set courses and worked the starting gun for the Hingham Yacht Club Race Committee for several more years. He was recognized in 2011 by the 210 Association with the 2010 Corinthian Spirit of Sailing Award for his lifetime of work for the group. His love of sailing is carried forward today by his children and grandchildren. Schooled in Winthrop and at the Mt Herman Prep School, Bill went to Bowdoin College playing baseball and hockey and earned the nickname Muscles for playing the coronet while doing chin ups. Once of age to serve, he interrupted his studies and entered the Army Air Corp as a B24 Gunner and entertained the troops traveling to play baseball at US bases. He graduated with the Bowdoin of 47, and worked for Graybar Electric Company retiring after 44 years as regional manager of the Summerville office in 1990. Ever the athlete, Bill picked up skiing late to keep up with his children. Being thrifty, he joined the Pinnacle Mtn Ski Patrol in Randolph, Vermont often the only patroller on the hill during busy vacation weeks. He skied in Europe with the Patrol and through the years gamely kept up with his children skiing the deep powder in the West as well as the Eastern hardpack and ice. He continued skiing at Jay Peak well into his retirement. Bill was especially fortunate with his family. He married Mary Alice OBarr in 1951 and taught their children his love of sailing, bagpipes and his Scottish thrift of leaving no penny unpinched. Three years after Mary Alices death, he fell in love with Beth Beale of Hingham, on a blind date set up by their children, and married in 1984. His stepchildren, shared his love of Vermont, taught him sugaring, how to drive a tractor and brought him the large family he always wanted. Bills remarkable memory kept track of cribbage hands, point spreads and RBIs. His life was filled with joy, sports and family. He is survived by his beloved wife Beth, children Virginia (Ray) Kent, Bill Clark, Barbara (Ken) Wilson, grandchildren Kelly and Matthew Kent, Ryan (Mandy) Wilson, Brette Ben) Martin and great grand children Clark and Liam Wilson, Avery Martin; stepchildren Jon (Carol) Beale, Billy (Nancy) Beale, Susan (Bryan) Davis, grandchildren Jonny (Emily) Beale, Ryan Beale, Brittany (Alex) Hampton, Karen Watts, David Watts, Tina Pratt, Jeremy (Jen) Davis, Brandy (Nick) Flynn, Hillary Davis and great grand children Brody Beale, Molly Beale, Lauryn Flynn. His large family brought him much happiness and gathered after his death telling tales of Bills pranks and accomplishments bringing comfort to all. His wishes were to be cremated and have a small family celebration of his life. Out of love and respect for a brave and loving man, we fulfilled his directions. In lieu of flowers , the family requests you donate to the in Bills honor. A lifelong friend of Bills from Winthrop tells the story that after winning a sailing championship Bill turned to him and said we had a good run. Bill has had a good, long run and leaves his family many stories to enjoy and remember him by. In his memory at sunset; raise a glass of scotch, tell a story and toast his life, with your love being the wind in his sails taking him home.

Published in The Hingham Journal from Mar. 27 to Apr. 3, 2013
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