OBITUARY

Michael Clark

November 21, 1958February 17, 2021
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CLARK, Michael- Age 62, of Scituate. On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, Ash Wednesday, Michael Franklin Clark, loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend passed away at the age of 62.

Michael was born on November 21, 1958 in New Bedford, MA to Russell Clark and Nancy (Arnold) Clark.

He is survived by his wife Laurie, his daughters Kathryn and Olivia, his father Russell, his sister Susan, his brother Russell, and nieces and nephews Luke, Veronica, Russell, Rebecca, and Sophia.

He received two bachelor’s degrees in Forestry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1980 and Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1983. He was a Professional Engineer for 38 years and finished his career at EBI Consulting, where he enjoyed going to work every day. Michael served on the Scituate Planning Board and Conservation Committee and was responsible for spear-heading the Scituate Bike Path. He was an avid fisherman, devoted Christian and had a love of music that he shared with his family. Michael was a proud member of the National Guard, where he made many lifelong friendships and gained valuable life experiences.

Michael’s main purpose in life was to be a loving father, which he excelled at. He was always the reliable ride to soccer for Katy, ran the Scituate High School Soccer boosters for 3 years, drove Olivia to dance and attended the Appalachian Service Project with Katy.

Michael was known for his kindness, compassion, and booming laugh. He was an extraordinary man, with the love of many and will be missed.

A visitation will be held on Sunday February 21, 2021 from 4-8pm at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. Funeral Services will be private.

To honor Michael’s 7-year battle with Prostate Cancer, please make donations to Dana Farber Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Research, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline MA 02445.

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    Sunday, February 21, 2021

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Mike Panagakos

February 25, 2021

Knew Mike from NBH, Hazelwood park, UMass, JFK-22, and places in between. He seemed the same over 40+ years - happy, friendly, funny, fun-loving ... When Mike was around everyone felt better and had a good time. Will miss his irrepressible spirit.
Condolences and best wishes to the Clark family and Mike's many other friends. RIP

Francine Ramos

February 24, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Michael Clark. We were teammates for the winter track team at NBHS. Rest in peace with your mom.

David Murphy

February 21, 2021

As a colleague and a friend you will be sorely missed!

Robert & Mary Cavello

February 21, 2021

We were deeply saddened to hear of Michael’s passing this past week. Our thoughts are with the countless fond memories of being in Mike’s company.

Mike was the kind of person you could always have an easy conversation with, whether about family, his profession, sports, politics or his favorite beer. You always felt welcomed and comfortable around Michael.

Michael was very proud of Katie’s and Olivia’s accomplishments and always put family first. He loved his wife, Laurie, dearly and was willing to pick up and move when Laurie pursued her career aspirations. Michael left his imprint on many regardless of the community where he resided. That’s how we met Mike, on one of their many relocations. We are forever grateful to have known Mike and to have been a part of each other’s lives.

We will miss him dearly, but his endearing presence, infectious laughter and big heart will always be a with us.

Peace,
Robert and Mary

Bruce Sook

February 20, 2021

I spent the summer of 1981 with Mike at Ft Sill, Oklahoma as well. It was a special group of guys and he was one of the leaders. I was 17 and only five days out of high school and first time being a way from home(Kentucky). He was such a friendly guy and a comfort to be around. He helped make a 13 week rigorous training fun and very memorable. We did reconnect a few years ago and got together for a mini reunion. He was proud of his family and shared several stories of Olivia and Katie and his wife Laurie's love of Tom Petty.

My deepest condolences to his family. May the Lord bless you and keep you during this time .

Kathy Behm

February 20, 2021

All of us at Life Care Center of the South Shore send our deepest condolences. It is with profound sadness that we heard of Mike's passing. He was such an amazing guy with a great sense of humor and indominable faith which he shared with us all. Please know that you all will be in our prayers.

Rich Hettinger

February 19, 2021

I first met Mike in the military in 1981 at Fort Sill Oklahoma. We became instant friends, right off the bus, even before they shaved our heads and issued uniforms. We went through basic and advanced training together and spent a lot of down time together. There were 6-8 guys who became close friends and remain so today. Four of us including Mike reunited in October of 2019 in Louisville KY. That gathering was a gift, leading to renewed regular contact by phone, mail, text. A real Patriot, Mike was a leader among leaders, and a truly great friend. He will always be on our minds, along with you his family.

I’ve included a photo that I took in 1981 in front of the barracks during our last few days together at Fort Sill OK

Pete. Wilde

February 19, 2021

Going out to meet the Coast Guard Tall Ship the Eagle with his dad and Mike. Spent many days with him. My deepest Condolences to his wife and Children. Mr. Clark, Susan and Mark my sympathies and prayers are with you.

The only friend Mike did not have was the personhe had not met yet. Mike you will always be remembered in a very loving way. I will miss you and think about you always.

Be assured Mike's place at our Lord's table has been prepared for his arrival. Rest in Peace my dear friend.

Carolyn Haigh

February 18, 2021

Alex and I are so sorry for your loss, he will be missed. Such a kind man.

I’ll never forget the time, while over Dana’s, when Mike set Dana’s Alexas alarm to go off at 3am and told us to not say a word. He was always so funny.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Matt Yanuskiewicz

February 18, 2021

My heart goes out to Laurie, the girls and to Michael's family. Michael and I were civil engineering classmates at SMU. We didn't really speak to each other until that fateful day when we were in the Rat having a beer before class when we started chatting. At some point during the conversation we decided to blow off the class and from then on we were fast friends. Michael introduced me to the City of New Bedford and most importantly...the Owl's Nest. I spent many a night there (and a few days as well) with Michael behind the bar and sometimes drinking with me in front of it. To the best bartender and friend a guy could ask for...I'll miss you my friend!!

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