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Reginald F. Clark

August 1, 2018
Lake Placid News

On the evening of July 30, 2018, Reginald F. Clark passed away in the comfort of his Lake Placid home, surrounded by the love of his family. He died peacefully just three days after his 89th birthday.

Reg Clark was born on July 27, 1929, to Matthew B. Clark and Beatrice Lengfeld. He was raised, then thrived in Lake Placid, leaving an indelible mark on the community. He was a 1947 graduate of Lake Placid High School, and one of his proudest moments was delivering the commencement address to the Class of 2004.

After graduating high school, he attended the Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in Syracuse, graduating in 1949. He then apprenticed under his father, eventually taking ownership of the generational funeral home and has served as the community's funeral director for many decades.

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In 1960, Reg married Barbara Fadden at the Lovely Lane Methodist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Reg is survived by his wife of 58 years and their five children: Kim, Mark, Cheryl, Brian and Keith, and their spouses Jim, Laura, Aaron, Deanna and Tricia. The children's family include Heather, Warren and Samantha, Alexis, Paige and Melanie, Miranda, Sora, Ashley and Courtney, Connor and Chelsea. Reg is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two brothers Matthew and Richard.

In 1961, Reg and Barbara Clark purchased the Palace Theatre, and a new business venture had begun. People from far away and just down the street visited the iconic Palace on Main Street for generations. All were greeted by Reg, who seemed permanently propped behind his antique ticket machine.

Reg served the community beyond the funeral home and the Palace, as a member of the Adirondack Community Church, Lake Placid Masonic Lodge, Saranac Lake Elks Club and Lake Placid Historical Society, and board member of the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society. His most loved philanthropic groups were the Kiwanis Club of Lake Placid and the Lake Placid High School Alumni Association.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at the M.B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid with a Masonic prayer service at 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid with the Rev. Derek Hansen officiating. Burial will follow in the North Elba Cemetery in Lake Placid.

Donations may be made to the Adirondack Foundation for a scholarship program that celebrates a Lake Placid High School senior who will seek further vocational education or serve in the U.S. military.

Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory, upload a photograph, order flowers, or leave condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.

 
 

 

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