Frederick L. Clark - age: 68
(August 28, 1944 to February 21, 2013
No scheduled services
Sergeant First Class Frederick L. Clark
Buxton – Frederick L. Clark, 68, of Buxton, died Thursday morning, Feb 21, 2013, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with his wife and daughter by his side.
Frederick courageously fought and lost the battle to bladder, bone, and brain cancer.
A proud native of the State of Maine, Frederick was born in Bangor, the son of Lloyd Frederick Clark and Frances Eidlitz (Pendleton) Clark on Aug 28, 1944.
Frederick lived his first few years in the fishing village of Winter Harbor before his family moved to South Portland. Frederick raised pigeons in the family garage and would later work as a stable boy at Scarborough Downs during the summer months.
In 1962, Frederick married his first wife Virginia (Ginger) E. Cote, joined the United States Army, and suffered the loss of their only child, as son, Baby Clark.
In 1966, Frederick was assigned to Germany, where he met his second wife; a German girl named Ursula (Ushi) M. Stepputat, and became the proud father of a baby girl, Carol Francis Clark, born Apr 2, 1968.
In 1971, Frederick was again assigned to Germany, where he met a soldier girl named Nancy (Nanny) K. Langmeier. He married her on Dec 29, 1973, and in 1978 became the proud father of a baby girl, Erica Dee Clark, born Apr 5, 1978. Frederick and Nancy served proudly together in the United States Army until his retirement on June 30, 1983 in Bamberg, Germany at which time he became a stay-at-home Dad raising Erica Dee.
Frederick was an obsessed bowler, polished Pool player and Pinnacle card shark during his military career.
In Oct 1983, upon return to the United States, Frederick and his family built a home in Buxton, Maine and he continued to be a stay-at-home Dad. Frederick enjoyed designing and tending the numerous flower and vegetable gardens that surrounded his home. He could often be found on his hands and knees, weeding for hours on the weekends. He was happiest enjoying the beauty of nature and wildlife in his own backyard.
On his 40th birthday, Aug 28, 1984, he started his first civilian job, that of Secretary to the Director of Special Education, for the Maine School Administrative District 6 (MSAD6). As the days went on, Frederick became affectionately known as “Special Ed Fred.” Later his job title would become Special Education Administrative Assistant. Frederick had a long and dedicated career supporting the Special Education Department. For 28-plus years in his supporting role he worked tirelessly on behalf of the Special Education Co-Directors and staff fulfilling a number of duties from arranging Individual Education Plan meetings, assisting with budget preparation, completing required State of Maine reports and serving as a conduit between MSAD 6 and other school departments throughout Maine. Frederick’s personality, dedication and commitment to his work was admired and respected by so many. Most noteworthy was his simple and direct greeting when answering phone calls. He often employed humor into many of his conversations thereby defusing most tense situations.
Frederick continued working until the morning of Feb 13, 2013. Frederick was determined to help others right up to the very end, a testament to his work ethics and principles.
Frederick lived by the motto of ‘Why Lie When the Truth is Convenient’ and his word was his bond.
Frederick had an edgy sense of humor, a droll wit and a deep down sensitive soul that he tried to mask with a rough exterior persona. He could befriend the most unfriendly with his charisma and charm. He loved teasing and flirting with the ladies.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved ballroom dancing. He liked watching football and NASCAR Racing and was a voracious reader. Frederick was a Life Member of VFW Post 832 in South Portland.
As an Anatomical Donor at the University Of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine, Frederick will continue to touch the lives of the living by his priceless contribution toward the advancement of medical education and research.
There will be no services for Frederick as a celebration of his life was held on September 8, 2012.
Frederick touched the lives of many and he will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues, co-workers and acquaintances.
Frederick was predeceased by his infant son in 1962, his father in 1991, and his mother in 1998.
Frederick is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Erica D. Clark and life partner William (Bill) C. Hall, and grandsons Michael William-Lloyd Hall and Ethan Daniel Hall of Buxton, daughter Carol F. Clark and her husband Dominick Clark of Idar Oberstein Germany and grandsons Marc Alexander Lahm and David Peter Lahm of Idar Oberstein Germany.