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Thomas E. ClarkDecember 3, 1937 ~ August 20, 2017 (age 79)
Thomas Earl Clark's gentle light was dimmed Sunday August 21st, 2017. When he moved on, he was surrounded by a packed room of relatives who shared stories of him that ranged from serious to funny to those that encompassed the "grey area of the law," which is a phrase he enjoyed on occasion and especially in his youth. Born on December 3, 1937 to Rosanna Titus and Thomas A. Clark (both deceased) in Masury, Ohio, Tom was the eldest of 4 children. Not only was he "Big Brother," but a father figure to his younger siblings, Doris (deceased), Robert and Daniel. Tom was the proud Father to 3 loving daughters, Cynthia, Marjorie & Kimberly Rose, and a beaming Grandfather to 6 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren. On July 3, 1969, Tom married Kathy Louis Matkovich, the love of his life, in Richmond Virginia. They continued adventures in that love that took them to the 80 degree ocean water of Florida's Gulf in retirement, up the White Mountains of New Hampshire, canoeing down countless rivers, and cruising through the meandering back roads that cross-cross the Ohio/Pennsylvania state line.
Tom worked for 31 years at Packard Electric, a division of General Motors, before stepping away from his cutter for good. During his ranging life, he served in the United States Army Reserves, was an amazing marksman, ran a Dairy Queen, owned pet monkeys, taught many to ride motorcycles and to play chess, earned a degree in carpentry, had a love of the martial arts and a cunning sense for practical jokes and a practical sense for cunning jokes. His humor was a rare gift, as was his gentle spirit and patience. He admired the simplicity of Thoreau's living and was most at peace listening to the earth's songs in the early morning and at dusk. He loved a good campfire and a crisp night under the stars before the coming of Winter. He loved the summer rain and the falling snow. Amidst the fast pace of our surrounding world, Tom's deep love of nature should serve as a lesson for us all to better embrace its simple beauty and to cherish being truly present in the fleeting moments of this life.
He would do anything for those he loved, and he did so without complaint or expectation. Tom will be deeply missed by all that his light touched, but he has made such a strong and loving impact that will embrace us for the rest of our own lives.
There are no calling hours or funeral services.
Arrangements are being handled by the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.