William Clark

William Arthur "Bill" Clark

April 24, 1942 - January 20, 2021
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William Arthur “Bill” Clark, age 78, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ruth (Flynn) Clark with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.

He was born on April 24, 1942 was the son of the late Norman Waugh and Dorothy Evelyn (Evans) Clark.

Recruited by IBM from Northeastern University, Bill worked in the computer industry most of his adult life, only foraying into the world of motorcycles as a partner in a motorcycle business for four years. Bill had many interests, which he shared with his brothers and friends, including trains, planes, automobiles, motorcycles, and tractors. He was an active member of the Bristol S Gauge, the CGLR model train clubs, the Morgan and the Buick automobile clubs, he built and flew model airplanes, he managed web sites for several of these clubs as well as his own Belmont High School graduating class of 1959 and soon took on his wife’s BHS 1961 graduating class.

In addition to his wife, Bill leaves his children: Kathleen Clark of Chelmsford MA, Hilary and Scott Stevens of Pelham, NH, Megan and Dan Sullivan of Pelham NH, and he was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Heather Cristine Clark, who passed away in 1994.

Bill leaves his grandchildren: Tara Jean (Conti ) Montanez of Billerica, Heather Conti-Clark of Rye NH, Mikayla and Nathan Conti-Clark of Chelmsford MA. Sarah and Kate Stevens of Pelham NH, and Emma and Abigail Sullivan of Pelham NH.

Bill also leaves his brothers and sisters: Richard Evans and the late Shirley Louise Clark of Phoenix AZ, Norman Waugh and Dorothy Elinor (Torgersen) Clark of Holliston MA, Eileen Jennifer (Flynn) and Tony Maccaro of East Bridgewater MA, Constance Evelyn ( Flynn) and Richard Raynor of Burlington MA, and Phyllis Suzanne (Flynn) and Mark R. Gleason of Chelmsford MA.

He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Robert and Brenda (Duffield) Clark of Santee CA, Richard and Winona (Peters) Clark of Glendale AZ, Carolyn (Clark) and Timothy Tierney of Franklin MA, Russell Clark of Monmouth ME, Mark and Adrienne (Dorn) Gleason of Phoenix MD, the late Dawn (Raynor) and her husband Robie Rideout of Pelham NH, Virginia (Clark) and Joseph Watkins, of Douglas MA, Marjory (Clark) and Brad Hayes of Louisville CO, the late Keri-Lyn (Gleason) and Keith Farley of Fitchburg MA, Richard and Dot (Chittalath) Raynor of Methuen MA, Anthony Maccaro of East Bridgewater MA, and Farrah (Maccaro) and John Saltmarsh of East Bridgewater MA,

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm in the BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. Due to gathering limitations, Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately. You are kindly invited to view Bill's service live on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:00am. Please click on the livestream tab here at the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the Heather C. Clark Memorial Fund, Abraham Lincoln School, 300 Chelmsford St., Lowell, MA 01851.

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    January 25, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    January 25, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Due to gathering limitations, Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately. You are kindly invited to view Bill's service live on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:00. Please click on the livestream tab here at the time of the service.


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Barbara Rubin, Marla Rubin & David Shapendonk

Posted at 07:20pm
We send our deepest condolences to you on the loss of your beloved husband & lifelong best friend, Bill. With much love from the Rubin family.

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Anker Berg-Sonne

Posted at 01:43pm
Are close friendships accidental or destined? As I have been writing this eulogy I have come to the realization that right from the beginning we were destined to become the closest of friends, or rather, family. We just needed the catalyst that would touch it off. In our case it was two casual conversations.

We first met in 1978 when Kirsten, and I emigrated to the US with our two daughters and I joined the group that Bill and his best friend, Carl Crockford worked in.

New Years eve 1985 we celebrated the New Year at a party hosted by Carl and his then wife Jeannine. At some point Bill happened to mention that he flew model airplanes and I told him that I had wanted to do that ever since I was a boy, and asked him if he would help Kirsten purchase a ready-to-fly one for my birthday. Come my birthday in February I was surprised with a model airplane, not purchased complete as I had requested, but built from a kit by Bill and Ralph Swick in secret. Later that day we met at a field covered in snow and Bill gave me my first flying lesson. For a couple of years we met almost every weekend at the flying field enjoying the sport together and becoming close friends.

New Years eve in 1986, again at Carl’s and Jeannine’s party, Bill mentioned that he was looking for a farm in Maine and that he hoped he could talk Norm into sharing it with him. Kirsten and I also were interested in a Maine property and told Bill that if he found one, and Norm wasn’t able to share it, we would be interested. A year later we got a call “I have found it!”, and later that week Bill, Ruthie, Kirsten and I drove up to inspect it. Upon seeing the huge barn I got cold feet, worried that the barn could collapse and create a huge mess. Bill and Kirsten loved the place and were ready to make an offer on the spot. Ruthe also had some concerns, but she and I agreed to make an offer after sleeping on it.

Our original plan was to go to the farm on separate weekends, but we quickly realized that it was so much more fun to go together that almost all the time we visited together with Bill, Ruthie and their growing family. Our friendship blossomed and became so close that we came to share not just interests and hobbies, but in the greatest of joys and the saddest of times: family reunions, weddings, baptisms, birthday parties and funerals, on both sides.

Would I have been here if these two conversations hadn’t happened? I firmly believe I would. In some other conversations we would have discovered these, or maybe some different interests or values that would have put us all on the same trajectory.
Bill and I have spent countless hours together working projects. Just like visiting the farm together, working together is much more fun than doing them alone. Building model airplanes, fixing cars, repairing plumbing, both inflows and outflows, and maintaining cars, are just a few examples. Two stand out in my mind.

Shortly after we bought the farm, the ladies complained that they were getting electric shocks when taking showers. We told them that their imaginations were going wild. Then both Bill and I noticed some tingling too. We just couldn’t figure out how electricity could jump from the house wiring to the plumbing, and if it did, why we weren’t getting seriously zapped. After much investigating and tracing we discovered that one of the wires from the telephone land line was rubbing against a pipe. Problem solved.

Another was when Hillary, Scott, Sarah and Katie came op for a New Years Eve. It was freezing and the heater had quit in their car and they were shivering from the cold on arrival. Bill and I examined everything we could think of and found no problem, so we searched the Internet for possible causes, and apparently this was a common fault in early Toyota Highlanders. We even found DIY instructions on how to dismantle the dash, solder the bad connections, reassemble it and make the Stevens family warm and comfortable on their home trip, not to mention saving them a $700 repair bill from Toyota. I suspect it still drives around with this impromptu fix.

Last spring Bill and I decided that we should get his Morgan back on the road and started working on the front suspension. COVID got in the way and we deferred the project to this spring and summer. Sadly, Bill will not be able to participate in person, but as I and several of Bill’s friends complete the project, Bill will be there in spirit.

Bill and Ruthie, and all of your family and friends. Thank you for enriching our lives. Bill, we will miss you terribly.

Melinda Schultz

Posted at 12:23pm
Dear Hilary, Megan, Kathy and Ms. Clark,

I am so sorry. I have so many memories of seeing your Dad as this calm, peaceful, gentle loving presence at every Clark family event that I ever attended. He clearly loved his family above all else and was such a remarkable man and father. You were so lucky to have such a wonderful father and he will be so missed. It is so clear from his service that he has touched so many people’s lives. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

All my love,
Melinda, Brian, William and Paige Ringuette

Ellen Little

Posted at 12:16pm
Bill and my Dad were first cousins. My Dad died in 1980 at the age of 53. Bill has been an anchor in the family--he is the one who organized the family reunions, did family genealogy, transferred old family movies from back in the 1940's to video, and was always there when needed. After I was widowed 20 years ago, Bill was there for me whenever I needed help with my computer or anything else. When I say Bill was a great man, I am not using the term "great" lightly. He was truly a great man. Full of life; full of love; full of faith. He leaves his legacy in his beautiful family. My heart goes out to Ruthie and the family; I send my love and heartfelt condolences. With love and prayers, Ellen Bishop Little

Larry Sheehan

Posted at 11:25am
My name is Larry Sheehan

I’ve known Bill Clark for 15 or so years. I can’t say exactly where we met but I do know that it was at a car show where I was showing my Morgan.

Bill was an easy guy to like. He was understated , incredibly knowledgeable and hands-on in the extreme. He believed in diving in and getting things done rather than talking about getting things done. I recall that I found him fascinating when we met as he was equally at home with motorcycles as he was with any and all type of antique car that you can imagine. And he had quirky stories about many of the cross country motorcycle trips that he and his wife Ruth had undertaken. The logic was that if you don’t mind riding a motorcycle in all kinds of weather then you certainly don’t mind driving about in an antique Morgan convertible !

I remember the first time that I visited with Bill at his home as he opened what I thought would be the garden-variety garage. Standing back and looking into that garage I counted an incredible number of concurrent projects at various stages of completion. One of those projects just happened to be a Morgan and that had been Bill.‘s initial reason to talk to me years prior at that car show. He was wrestling with pulling the burned out bearings of the rear axle on that car. And sorting out the axel itself. Not an easy task. But his innate curiosity and skill allowed him to stay at it and persist in solving the problem.

And not that that was the only area of knowledge and expertise that Bill had. Over those early years of getting to know Bill I learned that he had an equal interest in Web technology. Knowing Bill’s giving and kind personality, it came as no surprise to learn that he was quite willing to help the Morgan Club with the upgrade and maintenance of our emerging Club website. There was no hesitation, there was no talk of “oh, I have all these other things going on”. And It also didn’t surprise me out over time to learn of all those other things that Bill did have going on.

Bill Clark was all about service to others above self. He was always there when you needed him and he never asked for anything in return. It was not a transaction. It was always ...
“ How can I help ? “

Bill Clark was a wonderful guy. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word.He was the type of man who was honest, straightforward, principled and always was there for his fellow club members.

I am personally so very saddened to learn of Bill.’s passing. And I know that the entire membership of the Morgan 3/4 Group joins me in expressing our sincerest condolences to Ruth and the entire Clark family.

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