Robert Lewis Clark
On February 15, 2017, at Maplewood Nursing Home, Westmoreland, NH, a day after celebrating his 75th wedding anniversary with his beloved wife Virginia. Born July 17, 1921 to Lauren and Charlotte (Renaud) Clark, Chester, Vermont. Graduated 1940, Springfield High School, and 1951, State University of New York (Farmingdale), Horticulture.
Loving and devoted husband of Virginia Blake Clark. Beloved father of Virginia Elizabeth Clark, Toronto, Canada; Lucinda Morton, Keene, NH; Diana Vargo (Steve), San Diego, CA; Patricia Weiskopf (Harry), Elgin, IL, and adored grandpa to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Good brother of Roger Clark (Barbara), Rutland, VT, Eleanor Swanson, Farmington, CT, Dorothy Pease, Springfield, VT, Doris Turco, Chester, VT, and Evelyn Carley, Windsor, VT.
Predeceased by brothers Luther and Norman and sister Betty Babson.
Rob was a Veteran of WWII, serving with the U.S. Coast Guard aboard ship in the Pacific theatre. He studied horticulture after the war, and had a long career working on private estates and government properties, where he managed, developed and reconstructed landscapes and gardens in a number of states. In 1978 he and Virginia were volunteers with the Peace Corps in Western Samoa, where he worked with Samoans to develop a food-growing nursery on Savi’i Island. After retirement, he and Virginia returned to the woods and hills of home, where they enjoyed their part-time work at the Student Conservation Association in Charlestown, NH, and their membership in Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Claremont. He entered Maplewood Nursing Home in 2013.
The family would like to thank Maplewood 4th floor staff and managers for their kind and loving care and Hospice at HCS for their tenderness during his last weeks.
A memorial for Robert will be held later in the year, when his beloved woods and gardens come alive again.
You are invited to share a memory of Robert with the Family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com.
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