Stanley G. Clark

November 2, 1922 - June 26, 2014

HARTWICK - Mr. Stanley G. Clark, 91, of Weeks Road in Hartwick, died Thursday morning, June 26, 2014, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

He was born November 2, 1922, in Hartwick, a son of  Harry and Bernice (Turner) Clark. Raised in Hartwick, he graduated from Hartwick High School with the Class of 1942.

On December 23, 1942, Stan was inducted into the United States Army Air Force and on January 1, 1943, entered into active service. He served as an airplane and engine mechanic with the 422nd Night Fighter Squadron and was involved with battles and campaigns in the Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. Sgt. Clark received his honorable discharge from the military on October 5, 1945.  

Stan returned to his native Hartwick and on March 5, 1946, he married Lolita V. Mead in a ceremony at the First Methodist Church of Oneonta.  

For a time he worked as a mechanic at Ford Risley's Garage in Hartwick and also maintained the family farm. A skilled carpenter, he began working for Carpenters' Local # 277 out of Oneonta and worked on many projects throughout the northeast, including New York City and  Connecticut. In the 1960s Stan was involved with bridge work on I-88 and he and his family moved to Baltimore, MD while he was working on projects at Johns Hopkins University and the Civic Center. When the Baltimore Riot broke out in April of 1968, Stan quickly moved his family back to Hartwick where they have since made their home.

Stan was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, the Hartwick United Methodist Church, the Milford American Legion Post No. 1566, and was a charter member of the Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7128 in Cooperstown.  

Stan is survived by four daughters, Terrie McPhail of Youngsville, North Carolina, Lynette M. Dibble of Hartwick, Coleen Vesely and her husband, Michael, of Springfield Center, and Shiela Shaul and her partner, Frank Parshall, of Hartwick; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. He is further survived by two brothers, Ellis Clark and his wife Elaine of Oneida Castle and Stephen Clark and his wife Carol of Macedon; one sister, Gwendolyn Dutcher of Milford; and many nieces and nephews. He will be especially missed by his special four-legged companion, Silas.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Lolita, who died July 13, 2002, a son-in-law, Kenneth McPhail, who died August 26, 2007 and one brother, Louis Clark who died June 26, 2012.

Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. when Stan's family will be in attendance.  

A funeral service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Hartwick United Methodist Church with Rev. Fred Albrecht, officiating. Burial will follow in Hartwick Cemetery with military honors accorded by local veterans and the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be made to the Hartwick Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 208, Hartwick, NY 13348 or Hartwick Fire Department, Company No. 1, P.O. Box 86, Hartwick, NY 13348.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

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