SPRING CHURCH, PA.
Richard B. Clark, 86, of Spring Church, Pa., passed away on July 10, 2018, of heart failure, while visiting Mount Desert Island for a family reunion. He had the good fortune to die surrounded by most of those who loved him, and had one last chance to enjoy them all for a few days at the end of his life. It was as though he came home to Maine to die.
Richard grew up in Southwest Harbor, the eldest son of Reginald and Dorothy Clark, and brother to Connie (Spear), Keith, Janet (Cropley), Karen (Young), Mark, Dean, Hal and Kirk. He graduated from Pemetic High School, and went on to earn a degree in industrial engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he spent most of his career working for the Union Railroad, a short haul railroad that serviced the steel mills.
He married his high school sweetheart, Grace, and they settled in the Pittsburgh area to raise their five children, Carol, Robert (Lisa), Nancy, David (Jenny) and James (Ruth). When their children were young, they made the decision to leave the suburbs for a small farm farther out from the city. They set about improving the old place, planting gardens and an orchard, raising livestock, keeping bees and fixing up the old house. There were always things to fix and things to do. It was the life-on-the-farm experience they wanted for their children.
After the children were grown, and they had grown weary from all the fixing and doing, they sold the farm and downsized for what would be a long and peaceful retirement together. Soon there were grandchildren: Jorie, Josie, Nick and Grace. They were their greatest joy, and soon they took up residence across the street from Jim, Ruth, Josie and Nick to be part of their everyday lives.
Dick was a gentle, kind, patient man who never raised his voice, and enjoyed a warm respect from all that knew him. He was a man of profound Christian faith and was active in various church ministries. He was a loving father who had a good sense of how much freedom to allow his children, enabling them to learn and grow, and yet provided enough oversight and guidance to keep them from getting in too much trouble along the way. Through 66 years of life’s joys and trials, he enjoyed a close and loving partnership with Grace. He will be affectionately remembered by his large, extended family, and all those whose lives he touched.
The family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date.