Robert E. Clark, 85, of Kensington, son of the late John V. Clark Sr. and Helen (Krasenics) Clark of Meriden, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017. He worked for Southern New England Telephone (SNET) for 38 years in various locations in the state, retiring in 1991. Prior to his retirement, he was teaching technical communications theory and applications at the SNET Hamden training center.
Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War, receiving an honorable discharge in 1955 as an Electrician’s Mate First Class. He served aboard the USS Escape (ARS-6) and the USS Alcor (AK-259), spending many days at sea performing duties for the auxiliary Navy.
Robert contributed 31 years of public service to the Town of Berlin after moving to Kensington in 1963, serving on the Board of Assessors for six years, Zoning Board (ZBA) for 10 years (chairman for six years), Inland Wetlands Commission for three years, and elected to four terms (12 years) to the Berlin Police Commission, before resigning in 2007.
He spent many years as a member of the Berlin Republican Town Committee, and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Robert had many hobbies, but the one that he enjoyed most was his interest in vintage cars, rebuilding and restoring his 1955 Packard Clipper.
Robert asks family and friends to remember him as a kind and generous good citizen who loved his family and his country. He was truly a “doer” and a “giver.”
Robert leaves behind his wife, Lorraine (Aiudi) Clark; daughter and son–in-law Cathleen Clark and Ronald Yakimishan of Cromwell; two grandchildren, Conrad and Valerie Yakimishan; two brothers, John V. Clark Jr. of Plainville and Donald Clark of Falls Church, Va.; and numerous cousins in Connecticut. Robert was predeceased by his sister, Patricia (Clark) Wiech.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday May 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Church, 485 Alling St., Kensington. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rocky Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Berlin Animal Control (FOBAC), P.O. Box 1, Kensington, CT 06037. Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please share a memory of Robert with the family in the online guestbook at www.ericksonhansen.com