Published in the July 8, 2016 edition

Clark-obit-webMALDEN — William T. Clark Sr., 81, passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital on July 4.

Bill was born in Malden on November 14, 1934 to the late Charles E. and Marjorie (Kitteridge) Clark. He was raised in Malden, graduated from Malden High School, Class of 1953, and from the Massachusetts State Police Academy. Mr. Clark was appointed to the Massachusetts State Police in 1962 and was assigned to Troop “D.”

In 1965 he was assigned to the Office of Governor John A. Volpe as a security driver. In 1969 he was assigned Chief of Security to Governor F. W. Sargent. In 1974, Mr. Clark was appointed the Clerk of Court at the Gardner District Court, he was later designated Clerk-Magistrate, a position held until his retirement.

Bill was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over 40 years. He was also a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner of Quality Public Officers, Bail Magistrate and was on special assignment to various courts throughout the Commonwealth.

Bill was the husband of the late Esther M. (Wentzel) Clark. He was the father of William T Clark Jr. and his wife Anne of Melrose, Mark A. Clark and his wife Donna of Peabody, Paul R. Clark and his wife Eileen of E. Wareham, Jeffrey O. Clark and his wife Sandy of Marstons Mills and Edward M. Clark of Melrose. He was the grandfather of Kevin T. and Eoin T. of E. Wareham, Brian D. of Peabody, Jeffrey L. and Angela J. of Marstons Mills, William T III, Scott J. of Melrose, Seana Blanchard of Saugus and the late Michael E. Clark. Great grandfather of Ellie. Brother of the late Robert M. Clark and the late Charles Clark. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and three very dear friends: Barbara and Peter McHugh of Malden and Tim Cronin of Reading.

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Thursday July 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Herbert Street, Melrose on Friday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

Burial at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose will be private.

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