Mark W. McClintock, 72
WORCESTER - Mark William McClintock died at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 after a prolonged illness. He was born in Worcester on May 14, 1945 and pre-deceased by his parents, Julia (Greaney) McClintock, and Leslie A. McClintock. He is survived by his four children, their respective spouses and three grandchildren: Scott Michael McClintock; Kate (McClintock) Naedele, her husband Robert J. and their daughters, Julia and Ella; Tara (McClintock) Kervick, and her husband Kristopher; Sean McClintock, his wife Erin (Dolan) McClintock, and their son Connor, as well as by his brother John and sister-in-law Kathleen (Mahoney) McClintock.
Mark was a graduate of Commerce High School and later obtained a Bachelors of Arts at Worcester State and Master of Arts degree from Framingham State College. He majored in Political Science as an undergrad and studied Education for his advanced degree. He held various jobs as he worked his way up, but became a teacher for a time before entering public administration where he served for many years as Director of The Career Training Center, and later as Director of Special Education for the Worcester Vocational Schools.
A man of courage and conviction, Mark entered military service in 1967 and served with distinction (Bronze Star) as an infantry machine-gunner at the height of the Vietnam War. He was an Airborne Ranger attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade and saw extensive combat during his time in Southeast Asia. Mark remained active as a reservist after returning from a military hospital in Japan, and later served for a time as an officer in veteran's organizations providing assistance to wounded soldiers like himself. He was a patriotic American, proud of his service, and the nation he offered it to.
From the beginning Mark was a gifted athlete, and later coached youth sports teams for his children believing that competition cultivates the mental toughness, social camaraderie and personal determination necessary for success. Acutely aware of injustice, he railed against any who strove to take from those who contribute to society, in order to support those who don't. Fond of military jargon he often spoke of the 'pain bag' each person carries through life. Having done his best to champion decent values in his children and society he's now at rest, and can finally lay his own pain bag down.
There will be a calling hour Saturday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. in Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will follow in the church at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark's memory are suggested to Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605.
The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St.,. Worcester, is directing arrangements.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Sep. 7 to Sep. 8, 2017.