James B. Clark
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GOFFSTOWN – James B. Clark, 56, died suddenly April 7, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Batavia, N.Y., in 1957, the son of Richard and Ruth (Preston) Clark. He was educated in Goffstown Public Schools and graduated from Bishop Brady High School in Concord in 1975. He was captain of the cross-country team at Plymouth State College and he graduated with a BA in 1979. He maintained his love of running throughout his life, often bringing home many trophies and awards. He coordinated the Hershey track program in Goffstown for many years, earning him the Clint Robinson Recreation Department Award. He also coached the spring track program at Mount Zion Schools in Manchester. He was an active member of Bethany Covenant Church in Bedford.
He first worked as a firefighter in Goffstown and then moved to the Bedford Fire Department in 1987, and worked there since. He attained the rank of lieutenant. He obtained many certifications and taught numerous classes to other firefighters and EMTs.
Jim's love of farm life was well known in the area. He received the Cooperator of the Year 2009 Award from Hillsborough County Conservation District: Outstanding Work Applying Best Management Practices for Forestry.
He was a devoted father to his two daughters, Stephanie and Allison, both of Goffstown. He is survived by his mother, Ruth, also of Goffstown, and a close friend, Sue Sexton of Milford. He is also survived by two brothers, Richard of Deerfield and John of Plymouth, and two sisters, Eleanor King of Goffstown and Elizabeth Clark of Richland, Wash. He is survived by many loved nieces and nephews.
A Firefighter Walkthrough will take place Monday afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. at the French and Rising Funeral Home, 17 S. Mast Street, Goffstown, N.H. Public visitation hours will be held Monday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Bethany Covenant Church in Bedford, N.H. Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery in Goffstown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Zion Christian Schools or Bedford Professional Firefighters Association.
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Published in Concord Monitor from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2013.
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April 19, 2013
I was very sad to hear of Jim's passing. It has been so long since I have seen any of the family, and I'm sorry. I hope everyone is well, considering. You are all in my prayers.
Mark Welty
April 16, 2013
Goodluck Clark family
Katie Couturier
April 15, 2013
A great freind who will be truly missed.
My heart goes out to the Clark family.
Peter Willis
April 15, 2013
Martha Couturier
April 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family.He is truly one of the good guys.
Norm McFall
April 15, 2013
Such sad news. Jim will be missed by so many. His warmth has never left my memory. My thoughts are with all members of Jim's wonderful family.
Walt Chadwick
April 15, 2013
Stephanie & Alli, I am so sorry to hear about your the loss of your father. You are in my prayers.
Carol Guertin
April 14, 2013
Alli I'm sorry about your dad and I would feel the same way if it was my father
Katie Couturier
April 14, 2013
We are all praying for you Stephanie. Love, Pastor Claire and House of Hope Church, Lynn, MA
Pastor Claire Sullivan
April 14, 2013
Stephie and Ally - so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Keep all you wonderful memories of him in your heart to help ease the pain you are feeling now. The DesMeules family
April 14, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.Jim will be missed.
Heather Mulholland
April 13, 2013
He was always so happy and kind hearted he will be greatly missed my condolences go out to each family member and his daughters Steph and Alli he will forever be in my heart
Martha,Chris,Katie,Logan,Brittany,zack,bud,Lois Couturier/welty
April 13, 2013
Sorry to hear about Jim's death. He was a wonderful guy to talk to.
Suzanne Wagner
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