William D. Clark
1934 - 2020
BORN
1934
DIED
2020
William "Bill" Clark Jr. of South Windsor, formerly of Enfield and East Windsor, died on September 5, at Saint Francis Hospital. Bill was born in New Haven on December 18, 1934, to the late William Clark Sr. and Gertrude (Stocking) Clark. Most of his youth was spent in Windsor. He went to junior and senior high at Williston Academy (now known as Williston/Northampton School) and graduated in 1953. He graduated from Bates College in 1957. He served in the Army Reserves. Bill was an English teacher at East Windsor High School for 23 years and then ran a computer lab there for 12 years. He retired from the school system in 1994. After a few months, he joined the IT department at the Dexter Company (now known as Ahlstrom) in Windsor Locks. He retired from Ahlstrom in 2005. Bill was kind, gentle and generous. His brother-in-law, Dick Kowalsky, wrote a beautiful reflection of Bill's life which says a great deal about him: "Bill could be a quiet sort of guy. I noticed that he used his ears more than his mouth. I'd say, a good example for us all. One of his passions was minerals, especially those which were rare or had a gem-like quality. Besides being a rockhound, Bill was a hound for life. He was interested in many things but spent a great amount of energy as a family man and high school teacher where he spent much of his professional life. Bill had a special gift for relating to young people and had a positive impact on many of them. Many times, as I walked in town with him, we would encounter someone who knew him, several were former students. I was always amazed at how well-known Bill was in the community. Bill's love for minerals led him to learn how to make fine jewelry and he and Evelyn had a jewelry business for several years. His creative eye also was expressed in photography. His photos exhibited fine composition and were exhibited throughout his home. He had a zest for food and when he was not in his craft shop, he could be found in the kitchen making wonderful daily meals for his family and guests. His son, Billy, is carrying on the culinary talent. Bill could turn prose into poetry. When I read some of his work, I experienced many emotions, a sign of his gift to see the world in ways unseen by others yet touching senses I could identify with. Beyond his personal interests, Bill had an abiding passion for social justice. Along with Evelyn, he was quick to become involved with local and international issues. Once when they were visiting my family in North Carolina, we told them about a local protest regarding a job-related issue associated with the father of a friend. They immediately said, 'Let's go support that.' Bill's focus on the needs and concerns of others was a good example for everyone. Bill made the best of life as a son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many people. He loved everyone and left the world a better place because he lived in it. God speed Bill. It was great to know you." Bill was compiling his writing into a book when he became ill. His daughter, Marie will complete it for him. Bill is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Evelyn (Vezina) Clark of South Windsor; daughter, Marie Clark of South Windsor; son, William Clark III of Hamburg, New Jersey; granddaughters, Leidi Clark and Flor Clark of South Windsor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Patrick – Saint Anthony Church, 285 Church St, Hartford, on Saturday, September 19, at 10:30am. Please observe Covid 19 precautions. The funeral mass will also be live-streamed. You may use the following link: https://venue.streamspot.com/event/MjMzJDAyMQ Burial will be private. Ample free parking is available in the Saints' Lot across the street from the church. Memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741, or online: donate.doctorswithoutborders.org.; or Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry, 285 Church St., Hartford, CT.
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Published by Hartford Courant on Sep. 16, 2020.
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As a former student, I have such wonderful memories of Mr. Clark as a teacher. He was such a gentle soul. May he Rest In Peace
Denise
Student
September 22, 2020
I remember Mr. Clark from East Windsor High School. He wasn't a teacher in any of my classes but I knew him and he was a real nice guy, everybody liked him. My condolences to his friends and loved ones, he'll be missed!
Rick Fague
Acquaintance
September 20, 2020
Marie,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know your Dad was very special to your entire family. Cherish the memories and he will live on in your hearts.
Lori Steinberg
Friend
September 19, 2020
Mr. Clark was one of the kindest people we have known. He was always thinking of others. We remember watching him cook wonderful dinners and always accepting help from anyone wanting to join! He taught the girls how to cook his dishes and they loved every moment. He taught us how to make strawberry jam and was always so patient! We remember all the beautiful pictures he would take and display for all to see! His beautiful masterpieces made of wood still displayed in our home! He holds a special spot in our hearts and will be missed!
Ken, Karen, KaSandra, and Kylie Choutka
Friend
September 19, 2020
Marie, I am very sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wise and caring man. I imagine he has left a large hole in your heart right now; that will be filled with love & memories over time. Many hugs to you and your family.
Stacey Naylor
Friend
September 19, 2020
I just met William or Mr Clark just once, yet he left a long lasting impression on me. I feel sorry for not staying in touch with him, when i could have. He was a man with a genuine heart free of any bias or prejudices. I still remember the day i met him first as a stranger from a different place, race etc, but yet he greeted me as his own family and never made me feel a stranger. He was so lively and indulged in the beauty of nature that i never felt that this was a old man. He had the heart of a kid. But yet, here i am writing this, when he is gone. I still carry with me the burden of not reaching out to him when i could have. Hope his soul rests in peace in the afterworld and forgives me.
Ravi Pandey
Family
September 19, 2020
Ravi Pandey
September 18, 2020
I had the pleasure of getting to know Bill through his daughter, Marie, one of my dearest friends. I have many fond memories of Bill while visiting at Marie's house in Norwalk. We all shared some wonderful meals and times together, he made a mean spaghetti sauce! He had a wonderful, warm and big heart and an easy laugh. We need more people in the world today like Bill Clark. He will be missed. Rest in peace!
Jennifer Collins
Friend
September 18, 2020
a loved one
September 18, 2020
My. Clark was one of the best teachers I had, plus he was our class advisor. Not only did he care, as a teacher, but he cared on a level that made you comfortable just talking about day to day activities. He was there for me during one of the lowest times I went through as well as through all the good times. I have many, many, fond memories of him.
My sincere condolences to all his family. He will be missed.
Kathy Fowler
Student
September 18, 2020
Mr. Bill Clark was one of the best teachers I ever had. He was encouraging and always had a smile. He will be missed.
Yvette Courtemanche
Student
September 18, 2020
He was a great person. We had a lot of great conversations and laughs. I used to work at Dunkin Donuts East Windsor Ronnie
Veronica aka Ronnie
Friend
September 18, 2020
Bill, Marie and Mrs Clark, we are so sorry for your loss. He will be missed. Hoping your memories bring you peace through this difficult time and help heal your hearts. With sincere sympathy and love, Chris and Todd Christensen.
Chris & Todd Christensen
Friend
September 17, 2020
To my cousin Evelyn and family, I am sorry for your loss. I am sending my prayers for your family. Love, LOUISE
Louise Bacon-Ogden
Family
September 17, 2020
Mr. Clark was my English teacher in high school. He was always kind, supportive and encouraging. He had a big impact on my life. In seventh grade, he saw me in the hallway and recruited me to be the “listener” to a storyteller on stage. It was my first theatrical performance, no words. He said he picked me because I had an expressive face. A few years later, he decided to do something risky—put on the Shakespeare play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He cast me as Puck, and it was my favorite role. The award for Honor Thespian which I received a year or so later was a beautiful old book,”The Complete Works of Shakespeare.” Mr. Clark told me he’d found it in an old bookshop. I still cherish that book. A few years later, I bought a beautiful silver ring he’d made with an aqua colored stone. I still have it. I’m seventy and remember him with such clarity. He was a good man and influenced me in many ways. I eventually became a high school teacher, too. I’ll never forget him. I’m sending my deepest sympathy to his family.
Maria (MaryLou) Berrizbeitia Wilcox
Student
September 17, 2020
Me Clark was my English teacher at EW High School in 1962-64. I was struggling emotionally and he was so generous with his time and his kindness. He encouraged me as a writer and brought out the best in me. There were times when I felt like he was the guy who got me through high school, always there and always paying attention. I will always be grateful for that.
Lauren Berrizbeitia
Student
September 17, 2020
My deepest sympathies go out to Evelyn and family on the loss of Bill.
Denis Bessette
Family
September 17, 2020
He lived well. The world is diminished with his passing.
Nancy Rybeck
Student
September 16, 2020
Mr. Clark was one of my favorite teachers at East Windsor High. He devoted much time and attention to his students, I remember all the many drama programs he put on in which I was involved. After he began making jewelry he made a ring for each of us, I still have mine almost 60 years later! My sympathy to all the family members.
Lorraine Worthley Longstreet
September 16, 2020
It has been many many years since I saw Bill, but I will always cherish and remember the wonderful times we had going to poetry readings together with the group of friends that we made at Manchester Community College.
Terry (Besse) Carllo
Friend
September 16, 2020
Mr. Clark was one of the nicest teachers I had in High School. He was passionate about teaching and took the time to explain things. From reading his obituary, it's obvious he was a wonderful man outside of school. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to his family and friends he has left behind.
Julie Preston Cortese
Student
September 16, 2020
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