Published in the October 6, 2017 edition

EVERETT — Douglas E. Clarke, a lifelong resident of Everett, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, September 30, 2017. He was 62.

Born in Everett on October 22, 1954, he was one of two sons of the late Wallace B. and Ruth A. (Mersereau) Clarke. Raised in Everett, he graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1972, and always kept his Everett roots close to his heart. Doug was married on May 1, 1982 to the love of his life, Cynthia M. Karam and they raised two children together in Everett. Doug worked for Local 17 as a sheet metal worker for over 30 years.

Doug was a special person. Everything he did, he did for his family. With his trademark dependability, modesty, and selfless nature, he made an impact on people of all ages, in his work place, his extended family, and everyone in between. Everyone relied on him, and for good reason, as he was always there to offer support. Doug was a completely devoted husband, doting father, dependable son, and caring brother and brother-in-law. He never wanted the spotlight, but he was happy to shine a light on others. His children, his wife, brother, and extended family were all the beneficiaries of Doug’s never ending selfless nature.

Outside of his family, Doug had simple needs. He loved rooting for the Boston sports teams, and enjoyed golfing and reading. One of his favorite places was the beach. As a child, he spent summers in Alton Bay in New Hampshire, and after retiring was happy to spend more time at the family cottage. He loved being near the lake boating, or on a beach with a book in one hand and cold Budweiser in the other.

Doug also traveled extensively with his family, in particular with Cindy. Their first trip was to Hawaii and from there they went around the world. They enjoyed trips to Europe, cruises together, and although not his favorite, he went to Disney World many times with the family.

Down to earth and with kindness in his heart, Doug was a source of unconditional love and support for his family. He was a genuinely loved man. He will be sorely missed but his impact will live on in the hearts of his family and many friends.

Doug was the beloved husband of Cynthia M. (Karam) Clarke with whom he shared 35 years of marriage. Devoted father of Amber R. Clarke of Charlestown and Austin, Texas, and Adam D. Clarke and his wife Kayla of Gloucester.  Dear brother of Theodore “Ted” Clarke of Everett.  Cherished brother-in-law of Anthony Karam of San Jose, California, and Scott Karam of West Springfield. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Relatives and friends will gather in honor of Doug’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 4 – 8 p.m., and again for his Funeral Service celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. Gifts in memory of Doug may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston MA 02114. For directions or online tribute visit