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Donald (Don) Raymond Clark of York, Maine passed away on October 23rd at the age of 77. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, a son of Margueritte and Lavern Clark.
Don graduated from Hazel Park High School in 1963 and soon after served in the US Army. In these years of his life his interests amongst other things included cars and hockey. He took pride in his 66’ Pontiac GTO and was a mask-less goalie for the Fort Devens hockey team.
He spent much of his early professional career in the printing industry and later ventured into self-employment – even a running a breakfast and lunch café, Harborside Café, in York, Maine despite no previous background in food service. Don ended his working days as a transportation coordinator at Sentry Hill at York Harbor. He enjoyed tennis and was always willing to play a round of golf.
Undoubtedly, what Don will be remembered for was his light-hearted demeanor, his easy smile and his use of humor to bring a smile to others. He was always ready with an amusing one-liner or a practical joke. Laughter was his medicine. He took on his 20-year battle with cancer as “Captain Chemo” – fully costumed with bomber helmet, goggles and cape. His pleasure was in seeing others chuckle and laugh.
Others likely will remember Don for his kindness and tenderhearted care. His faith and love for Jesus often was expressed in a hospital visit with a yellow rose and Tim Janis CD or in his willingness to sit alongside someone grieving the loss of a loved one or in a pause to share an encouraging word with someone feeling down. Despite his tough exterior, Don had a soft-spot.
Don leaves behind his son, Sean and wife Donna, and his daughter Nicolle and her husband Kenny Lemire, his grandchildren Courtney, Kaleigh, Zachary, Joshua and Jacob and their spouses, and his nine great grandchildren. He also leaves behind siblings, Richard Clark, Beatrice Bolton and Karen Clark, as well as many nieces and nephews. Additionally, he leaves behind Barbara Lillstrang, the mother of his children and Mary-Jean Huntley, a companion and beloved friend. Don will be missed by all.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Norman Clark. Services:
A Celebration of his Life will take place at the First Parish Congregational Church, 180 York Street, York, Maine on Saturday December 10, 2022 at 11 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (https://www.lls.org/ways-to-give) or the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (https://www.dana-farber.org) in memory of Don.
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