Francisco “Paco” Corrigan Clark-Bouchard, 31, formerly of Potsdam passed away unexpectedly June 22, 2015 in Syracuse.
A celebration of life ceremony will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton, 3½ Main St., Canton, Saturday, June 27 at 3 p.m. A pizza party will follow immediately in the social room of the church.
A burial service will take place Saturday evening at Mound Hill Cemetery in Nicholville at 7:30 p.m.
An additional memorial celebration will take place in Buffalo Sunday, July 12, 2015.
Paco was born July 30, 1983 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to Edwin R. Clark II and Kimberley Bouchard.
In 1989, his family moved to Moscow, Idaho and in 1995 they moved to Potsdam. He graduated from Potsdam Central High School in 2002.
He attended Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia.
He lived with his longtime partner Rita Corsi, whom he lovingly referred to as his "special lady friend" for several years in Dunkirk until they moved to Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood.
He worked for DCW Mechanical installing commercial heating and air conditioning systems.
Paco loved spending time with his friends and family enjoying sports (Go Niners!) and games or discussing current political and economic issues. He relished entertaining and cooking for others. His culinary tastes were broad and eclectic and always included some kind of “picante” ingredient that spiced up a dish.
He was a fervent softball and volleyball player who played for recreational teams. Paco loved movies, both making them with friends and watching them on any size screen, but especially the biggest one possible.
He had a skilled eye as an avid photographer who saw beauty in landscapes and construction sites, skylines and flowers. His photography captured contemporary life and lands wherever he traveled. He enjoyed travel that gave him an opportunity to see the world in new ways.
His passion for volcanoes took him to hike active volcanoes in Colombia and Hawaii. His adventures included cruising the islands of the Caribbean with Rita, hiking the entire Camino de Santiago trail with good friends and, with his family, exploring Mexico, Spain, Canada, the Dominican Republic, England and all 50 states in the USA.
He is survived by his partner, Rita Corsi of Buffalo; his mother, Kimberley Bouchard of Potsdam; his sister Carmelinda Clark-Bouchard, currently of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; his maternal grandmother Bevalie Bouchard of Wasilla, Alaska; his great-aunt Patricia Bonardi of Bethlehem, New Hampshire; his maternal grandfather, Bernard R. Bouchard of Loveland, Colorado; 32 aunts and uncles; and 40 cousins.
Paco was predeceased by his father, Edwin R. Clark II, and his paternal grandparents Linda and Edwin R. Clark, Sr.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation to a special scholarship in Francisco Clark-Bouchard’s name through the Potsdam Sandstoner Foundation, sandstonerfoundation.org/ or Sandstoner Foundation, PO Box 264, Potsdam, New York, 13676, that assists graduates of Potsdam High School with post-secondary educational expenses.