Frederic Arthur Clark
Frederic Arthur (Fred) Clark, who had tired of reading obituaries noting other's courageous battles with this or that disease, wanted it known that he lost his battle as a result of an automobile accident on June 18, 2006. True to Fred's personal style, his final hours were spent joking with medical personnel while he whimpered, cussed, begged for narcotics and bargained with God to look over his wife and kids. He loved his family. His heart beat faster when his wife of 37 years Alice Rennie Clark entered the room and saddened a little when she left. His legacy was the good works performed by his sons, Frederic Arthur Clark III and Andrew Douglas Clark MD, PhD., along with Andy's wife, Sara Morgan Clark. Fred's back straightened and chest puffed out when he heard the Star Spangled Banner and his eyes teared when he heard Amazing Grace. He wouldn't abide self important tight *censored*. Always an interested observer of politics, particularly what the process does to its participants, he was amused by politician's outrage when we lie to them and amazed at what the voters would tolerate. His final wishes were "throw the bums out and don't elect lawyers" (though it seems to make little difference). During his life he excelled at mediocrity. He loved to hear and tell jokes, especially short ones due to his limited attention span. He had a life long love affair with bacon, butter, cigars and bourbon. You always knew what Fred was thinking much to the dismay of his friend and family. His sons said of Fred, "he was often wrong, but never in doubt". When his family was asked what they remembered about Fred, they fondly recalled how Fred never peed in the shower - on purpose. He died at MCV Hospital and sadly was deprived of his final wish which was to be run over by a beer truck on the way to the liquor store to buy booze for a double date to include his wife, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter to crash an ACLU cocktail party. In lieu of flowers, Fred asks that you make a sizable purchase at your local ABC store or Virginia winery (please, nothing French - the *censored*) and get rip roaring drunk at home with someone you love or hope to make love to. Word of caution though, don't go out in public to drink because of the alcohol related laws our elected officials have passed due to their inexplicable terror at the sight of a MADD lobbyist and overwhelming compulsion to meddle in our lives. No funeral or service is planned. However, a party will be held to celebrate Fred's life. It will be held in Midlothian, Va. Email [email protected] for more information. Fred's ashes will be fired from his favorite cannon at a private party on the Great Wicomico River where he had a home for 25 years. Additionally, all of Fred's friend (sic) will be asked to gather in a phone booth, to be designated in the future, to have a drink and wonder, "Fred who?"
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Jul. 9, 2006.
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A few years ago I found Fred's obit. and the remarks made by the world to become closer to this wonderful man !! I pull my book out and read most of the remarks again. This is a wonderful way to release my own concerns about "how long before my time comes". I am 81 and depend on the humor of Fred that he left for me to "find".
Jane Field
November 29, 2018
Now that is a well written and true obit worth reading. My prayers to the family and my hat off to a man who lived life to the fullest.
Brian Harmony
January 1, 2012
Feel you were with us last evening at Pier 23, for the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation gig. It was "our" kind of gathering; couple of glasses raised to you. Continue to be the guiding light that you are.
Joe Owen
May 3, 2011
Phil Smith
February 17, 2011
Fred, I hope to meet you in spirit when I get to the other side. I don’t agree with all of your politics, and, alas, I am married to a man who does believe in your political views. And, I love him anyway. I loved your sons’ description of you, "he was often wrong, but never in doubt". I can feel your wife and sons loved you and will greatly miss you. Thank you for a wonderfully descriptive obituary. It is a solace to your family & friends and a smiling read and inspiration to those of us who did not know you in life.
Trish Fisher
February 12, 2011
Awesome!!! This is the way an obituary should read! Fred must've been quite a sorry not to have made his acquaintance!
Georgia Chapman
February 11, 2011
Dear Fred,
I'm very sorry to hear of your demise and that we never met. Shirley we must be related!
Doug Brander
February 8, 2011
RIP Fred. That's the type of obit I'd like, but I'd want my ashes put in a wine bottle and thrown in the ocean. Only way I'll ever see the world! I agree. Throw the bums out. I'll get ripped one night soon in your honor. Tonight's as good as ever! Cheers!!
lynn kelly
February 8, 2011
Awesome obit. I'm sorry I never met you Fred. Rest in Peace.
Roy N.
February 8, 2011
GoneButNotForgotten says: If this tribute doesn't make you feel like living life to the fullest, you should check your pulse...Your time may already be up. Rest in Peace, Dear Fred ... I never even knew ya', but we are sure that you are loved, and will surely be missed!
Terry "Wiz" Wright
February 8, 2011
Fred- you old goat! Well said.
Lawrence of Austin
February 7, 2011
Keeping it real all the way to the end. RIP Fred! LOL! :)
February 7, 2011
I do not know, nor have ever heard of your loving father, but i loved this tribute. If ever an obit explained the man, this is the one! I will toast Fred with my next bottle of Guiness.
colleen ziwicki
February 7, 2011
Fred, you were my kind of people. Wish I had a chance to buy you a beer while you were still around. RIP good sir!
February 7, 2011
aaah crap .. can I copy this for mine?
Jake Buffalo
February 7, 2011
Lol, this reminds me what my friend said when his uncle died: "It was better to have had him and to have lost them, than to put up with him another moment longer."
Thanks for giving us all something to think about Fred.
John Walker
February 5, 2011
right on fred!!! finally some honesty in the face of death. so sorry to the family. i'm sure this character will be missed. what an inspiration!
shanna clark
February 4, 2011

When I get to Heaven with you, before I answer any questions from God, I'm going to have one for him. Where's Fred?
Tyler Dell
February 4, 2011
You make me want to swim in the Wicomico River!!!
Jill Murphy
February 4, 2011
Rock on Fred.
Bob Sommer
February 4, 2011
Thanks for keeping real...
Melody Bixler
February 4, 2011
Family of Fred,
How fortunate you were to be a part of Fred's life. How fortunate for Fred (and us) that you shared this with us. Fred sounds like he was a fine man. My condolences.
Fran Beller
February 4, 2011
Hey Fred,

I wish I'd have met you in person. What a pleasure to learn of a true stand up guy who lived life to the fullest!
Dennis Shanley
February 4, 2011
Can't wait to have a drink with you one day
Colt Friday
February 4, 2011
I just copied that entire obit to use in the future for myself. Thank you good sir, nothing wrong with a regular guy stating regular things to the people he may or may not have known.
February 4, 2011
Here is one for you Fred see you on the other side
February 3, 2011
God Speed good sir. I am an ACLU volunteer and I would loved to have bought you a drink, not because we would ever agree politically, but we agree about life. God *censored* Speed Good Sir!
Mike B
February 3, 2011
A man after my own heart.
Mary Frances
February 3, 2011
Godspeed, good sir!
February 3, 2011
Never met Fred, but Godpseed. A normal guy among normal guys.
February 3, 2011
I love an honest description. Sounds like a heck of a guy. He'll surely be missed.
Alisa B
February 3, 2011
You sir... were a rockstar.
February 3, 2011
See you on the other side, save a stool for me sir!
February 3, 2011
Glad to know someone with my kinda humor is waiting on the other side. See you when I see you!
February 3, 2011
Fred, I wish I had known ya! Cool Obit!
Robert Harrington
February 3, 2011
Fred, you have inspired me to get rip roarin' drunk and go wild with my girlfriend this weekend - to hell with the Super Bowl, I've got a promise to keep to my new oldest friend.
February 3, 2011
Godspeed, Fred! May we drink together later since I missed the chance now!
Taliesin Wilde
February 3, 2011
Fred sounds like some salty old bastard that I would have been proud to have had as an alcoholic uncle... One final canon salute to the river is indeed a proper sendoff for such a man. RIP
February 3, 2011
A Man among Men.. God Speed
February 3, 2011
Mark Twain once said he had no use for heaven if he couldn't smoke cigars, drink burbon or chase women. Perchance the Twain of you shall meet somewhere across the divide.
Stephen Davis
February 3, 2011
A True American Hero
February 3, 2011
I never met you Fred but after your obit I think you would've been my hero. Fred, you rock.
Dave M
February 3, 2011
Dear Fred, you sound exactly like my beloved (if sometimes infuriating) husband of 7 years. I hope that in another 30 years we will still love each other as much as you and your wife. Life is not always easy with a man of this caliber, but it sure is interesting. Cheers! :-)
Lana C.
February 3, 2011
Dear Fred, you sound exactly like my beloved (if sometimes infuriating) husband of 7 years. I hope that in another 30 years we will still love each other as much as you and your wife. Life is not always easy with a man of this caliber, but it sure is interesting. Cheers! :-)
Lana C.
February 3, 2011
Normally I don't drink on weeknights, but I'm going to tonight, I only hope I can get trashed enough to properly honor this American Hero!
Graham McBain
February 3, 2011
All I can say is "Amen". Hope I get to meet you in the afterlife, Fred - you sound like my kinda guy!
Shannon Mary
February 3, 2011
If I still drank, I'd definitely raise one in your honor, my friend that I never actually met. R.I.P. brother.
cherokee 316
February 3, 2011
fred: you are (or were) the man!
tony ly
February 3, 2011
God bless this man! What a way to put things
Erik Andersen
February 3, 2011
I'd be interested in joining that phonebooth gathering. I never knew you, yet I doubt I'll ever forget you. God bless.
Ken T.
February 3, 2011
If my Obit is half as epic as yours Fred ill be happy... You sound as if you were one hell of a guy wish i could of sat down and had a roarer with you.

Darth Tater
February 3, 2011
Fred, tonight I'll head to the ABC and get hammered for you.
Josh Blaher
February 3, 2011
Way to go, Fred!
Linnea Kosbab
February 3, 2011
Wonderful! I wish I'd been able to know such a down-to-earth person!
Ken Herrera
February 3, 2011
Never knew Fred but love him now. I hope his friends and family will adopt Freds genuinly endearing qualities as part of thier own. I hope there is Bourbon in heaven. If not I'll try to take him some when I go.
Kelllie Waterhouse
February 3, 2011
Raising a glass to you!
Not Drew Curtis Sir Farksalot
February 3, 2011
This is the coolest obit ever and I would have been proud to have met Fred and called him my friend.
Ken E
February 3, 2011
Fair thee well Fred. I'm sorry we never had a chance to meet.
Mike Minshall
February 3, 2011
Mr. Clark-I hope when I pass on and I see you in that twisting nether space I can shake your hand and buy you a drink with my cloud money. You are a man after my own heart.... God bless and keep you and your family.
A.M. Isaacson
February 3, 2011
"Best. Obituary. Ever."
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February 3, 2011
Fred, I never knew you, but you seem like you probably were a fun guy. Condolences to your family, though it sounds like left them in good spirits.

- Jake (not in VA)
February 3, 2011
Well played sir
February 3, 2011
God bless and keep you, Fred. Though we never met, I can say that you led an exemplary life. I'll be saving a copy of your obituary so my wife and family will know how I want mine to be written. I raise my glass to you, sir!
R. L. Duwe
February 3, 2011
Jim Roberts
February 3, 2011
I didn't know Fred, but tonight I will toast his mediocrity and tomorrow morning I will regret it.
February 3, 2011
I never knew Fred. It is obviously my loss because he sounds like my kind of person. Good luck Fred.
Stan Grop
September 28, 2009
I dont even know Fred - my bro just recently pased and someone asked if I saw this obit. I am VERY IMPRESSED - wow - I believe who ever wrote his obit knew him very well - I hope my family writes my obit this way
August 19, 2009
Lula M.Winfree
Lula Major Winfree
July 31, 2009
That is the most real/cutest obit I have ever read. I do not know you all but I do Thank your sweet family for recognizing what Fred would have wanted written - "Each to their own" as they say.
Bless your sweet family - wish I had one like it. Sincerely, Elizabeth
July 9, 2009
After reading this obit , I know my Mom is having side splitting laughs and great times with Fred. God bless you and your family , You were truly 1 special person. not even knowing you I'll look you up when I join my Mom and you at Home !!
Phyllis Wright
July 3, 2009
Mario...this Trevor Parchment, your phone # came up "private"...still don't have contact number 4 friend's e-mail is [email protected] & my # is 954 me again ASAP... I want @ come & visit u...One Love
June 14, 2009
shawn milburn
April 23, 2009
Yeah Fred, I will throw one down for you.

April 13, 2009
Fred, I never met you....but I feel like I have known you all my life. Hopefully someday we will meet up and have a brew. Best wishes for you and your family----I am dedicating my inebriation tonight to you brother!!!
tom iaderosa
March 10, 2009
Well Fred I never knew ya but I'll drink a shot to ya!!
Mike H
March 10, 2009
Fred, you sound like a great normal guy and I'll tip one to you tonite!
David Grubbs
March 1, 2009
Fred you sounded alot like my dad, I lost him June 6th 2007. If I know my dad and the sounds of you! You two have become great buds. Tell Richard Ferrell his baby girl said hi, and I love him. May both you have a drink together.
January 20, 2009
When I enter the Pearly Gates I hope Fred is there to welcome me, along of course with my dad and brother and my dogs. Cheers to Fred and to the person who so eloquently eulogized him in this obituary.
Sharon S.
January 13, 2009
A toast to Fred who clearly lived a good life and to his family who was lucky enough to have shared it. Salute!
B. Moyer
December 22, 2008
Life is too short to count calories ("Shallow Hal"), so go ahead chow down on that bacon or steak or cheesecake -- just like Fred.
This is the kind of obit I hope my family will write about me. I know them too well, though, and know that they will publish the usual plain vanilla. Blah. They're chicken. Fred & his family clearly are not.
I was so moved by this obit 2 years ago that I bookmarked it.
You rock, Fred!
K. J.
September 14, 2008
August 14, 2008
Wow! What a obit. Here it is 2yrs later and they are still toasting u.You must of been one heck of a guy. Here's to you
Sherry T
August 8, 2008
Blessings and appropriate beverages to your family, Fred. Your memory will live on through the words left here in your honor. Right on.
July 30, 2008
That is an awesome obit. I am impressed - he must have been a blast. I love how he loved his wife and his country. And his bacon! Me too. Seems like those who knew him were rich.
Anne M
June 25, 2008
I wish I knew him. Cheers Fred.
Tracy D
June 25, 2008
My glass up to you Fred,I`m sorry its only Pepsi.
June 8, 2008
Fred -- You are just the type of guy we can all love. You should have known Johnny Coates. He died this weekend. He was just the type of friend you would have loved. We all loved.
Nancy Royall
May 19, 2008
I never had the honor of meeting Fred Clark but I can say without hesitation that this world has lost a truly unique individual who understood the of meaning of life. Tonight I toast you, Mr. Clark.
May 19, 2008
little james
April 30, 2008
What a wonderfully put tribute! Here's to you, Frederic! RIP, and may your family's tears give way to laughter and happy memories.
Linda Edwards
March 31, 2008
What a beautiful tribute to what sounds like my kind of drinking buddy. Cheers Fred!
brandy wilde
March 19, 2008
Fred sounds like a real likable guy. Wish I had known him. Everyone needs a Fred in their life. Here's a jigger of Virginia Gentlemen just for you Fred.
Beth Bruner
February 25, 2008
I just wanted to say CONGRATS on your new Grandaughter...I know you would have had a blast with her...I know Alice has got to be in seventh heaven now she has arrived...I bet she hasn't stopped smiling...I know you are so very proud of the new parents...I know you will watch over this little one and keep her safe...I'm sure she won't be spoiled much...Again CONGRATS....Shirley
Shirley Hoskin
January 18, 2008
How can I be sympathic; Fred's life was everything he desired! Recently I assigned myself the honor of writing my own obit. I was struggling, but now, since reading Fred's I know where I am going with it. I just hope my children are as brave as Fred's children and will have it printed.
MaryAnn Russo
January 16, 2008
I actually signed this already once. Every once in a while I read this obituary again and every time I do I smile. I guess I think of this man Fred as a role model-I'm young and don't set lofty goals for myself-I just hope to master mediocrity and hopefully have great people around me to drink with and smile.
Thinking of you Fred. thanks for making me smile.
steve crawford
January 13, 2008
I came across this today, finally. Fred sounds like he'd have been my kinda guy, and it's shame I didn't get to meet him.

Rest assured, Fred, that I will carry on with your sense of humor and wit...
Amy P
January 10, 2008
i love this obri it was so great and very amususing hope my my family writes the truth about me like this.
October 26, 2007
Fred was my supervisor at C&P Telephone Company (now Verizon). I'll never forget the time I totally shocked him (hard to believe, huh?). I went shopping on Cary St. at lunchtime and bought a pair of shoes. After lunch, I was sitting at my desk working, when several co-workers came over asking to see my shoes. His face red as a beet, Fred approached my desk and reprimanded me, because the employees were at my desk. Mind you, I was a hard-working, dedicated employee. I was furious that he singled out only me, so I totally lost my cool and let him have it! Fred was speechless! Later, discussing the situation, he told me he could always depend on me and felt he could be open with me. He said I really shocked him - can you believe that??!! Fred was a very intelligent man; one I'll never forget. My best to his wonderful wife and family!
Brenda Henley
October 8, 2007
I don't know why I read this Obit.
but I seemed to be drawn to it. I must say it was different but I totally respect his view point. He seemed to be quite the individual. One of a kind you might say. I didn't know the gentleman in life but I feel I know him in death. May he rest in peace!
Maureen Johnson
September 2, 2007
I never knew Fred, but wish I had. I heard about Fred from a relitive off his who thought I'd enjoy reading his obit. Fred is totally cool. He's my new hero.
Alice Shumake
August 26, 2007
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