OBITUARY

Thomas (Jay) Bradley Clarke Jr.

October 30, 1953February 27, 2019
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Thomas “Jay” Clarke Jr.- Windham

Thomas Clarke Jr., 65, better known to family and friends as “Jay”, passed away on February 27, 2019 surrounded by his closest family. Jay was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 30, 1953 to parents Thomas Clarke Sr. and Marilyn “Lyn” Clarke.

Jay graduated from Yarmouth High School in 1972. He also attended SMVTI, took online courses from RIT and finished his formal studies at USM, but always looked to expand his knowledge, especially in electronics and later programming.

Jay travelled across the country and worked many jobs in California and Virginia. In 1981, Jay went to work for Fairchild Semiconductor. He had a 30 plus year career there, ending as an Engineering Technician. At Fairchild, he met Kelly Minervino, together they raised two amazing girls, Abigail (Abby) Clarke and Ellen Clarke.

Jay enjoyed spending his free time cruising around in, and working on hot rods and attending car shows. He also enjoyed going to camp and going fishing with his friends and with his daughters. Jay was an avid Patriots fan and was ecstatic to see them win another Super Bowl this year. He was also an emphatic animal lover and was especially devoted to the many dogs he had throughout his life.

He is survived by his mother, Lyn Clarke; former wife Kelly Minervino, daughters Abby Clarke and Ellen Clarke; sisters Kathy Clarke McClelland, Terry Clarke Buck, and Deb Stevens-Luongo; his beloved dog Trixie, as well as a large extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and many friends. Jay was predeceased by his father, Thomas Clarke Sr.

Relatives and friends are invited to a time of visitation from 3-6 pm on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland. You can express sentiments online at www.jonesrichandbarnes.com whether you knew him as Tom or as Jay, stories or favorite memories would be appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, those who would like to remember Jay with a gift may make donations in his name to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. https://arlgp.org/make-agift/donate/

  • FAMILY

  • Thomas B Clarke, Father
  • Marilyn (Lyn) Clarke, Mother
  • Abby Clarke, Daughter
  • Ellen Clarke, Daughter
  • Kathy Clarke McLelland, Sister
  • Terry Clarke Buck, Sister
  • Deb Stevens-Luongo, Sister

Services

  • Visiting Hours Saturday, March 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

Thomas (Jay) Bradley Clarke Jr.

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Ellen Clarke

March 6, 2019

Dad, I want to thank you for everything. Whether I like to admit it or not, you helped make me the person I am today. I'll never forget going to car shows with you, I always dreamt of us finishing a car and showing it off with you. I think you're to blame for me being such a snob about cars. I remember getting my first ever fishing pole with you, it was Disney Princess themed. I used it up until about a year ago. I remember you teaching me to cast out in the backyard, and I'm pretty sure I hit you with it a few times. I'll always think of you every time I hear thunder, and I'll look back on listening to the storms in those metal chairs with you. I miss you so much, and I love you even more.

Abby Clarke

March 6, 2019

Dad I miss you so much.. I'm glad we got to share some great memories together. One of my favorite memories from childhood is going canoeing with you at camp to find turtles. More recently, I had fun going fishing with you and Ellen at the locks even though we never caught much. I want to thank you for coming to the event when I jumped into the frozen lake- I cant believe you brought Trixie out on the ice! I really enjoyed going to the fair and the ultimate yard sale together- you got so many of those DVDs for 99 cents I'll have to watch some. I'll try to keep going to they gym we joined together, even though it will not be the same without you. I'll always remember the good times we had, and I'll keep you close at heart dad, I love you.

Kathy McClelland

March 2, 2019

So many memories!! Hanging out with everyone on W Elm St. when we were kids, camp, scraping blue paint off the big pine tree after it jumped in front of Mom's car. Moosehead..I could write a book! But some things are probably better un-published :) I love you and miss you so much! Give Dad, Grammy and Umpy tons of love from all of us. We'll take comfort in the fact that you're with them and not in pain anymore. We'll be together again one day, and see what we can get into then. Always in my heart!!!

Jameson Buck

March 2, 2019

I can’t believe you are gone. I’m going to miss you so much Jay, sorry I didn’t get to see you, and say goodbye. I’ll always be thinking about all the great memories over the years with you, and Clam fest will definitely not be the same without you. Say hi to grandpa up there for me. I’ll see and Talk to you again one day.

Greg Brown

March 2, 2019

Rest In Peace uncle Jay. I will miss our “off season” Patriots discussions. Glad you got to see one last Super Bowl victory!!

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