Gerald Vernon Clark, 91 of Massena, died Sunday, March 17 at his home in Massena, surrounded by his loving family and Hospice of the North Country. The funeral service will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church Friday, March 22 at 11 a.m. Following the service, there will be a reception at the Malone Callfiremen station for a time of food, fellowship and remembrance.
Born in Malone on June 4, 1921, he was the son of Norman and Myrtle Sweet Clark. He graduated from Franklin Academy. Following graduation, he was employed at the former Bronze Powder Works in Malone until he joined the Army Air Corp in 1942. He served in the Signal Corp until 1945 when he was honorably discharged. He returned to employment at the Bronze Powder Works until 1948 when he became employed by Alcoa in Massena. He retired in 1979.
Mr. Clark was a former chief of the Malone Callfiremen and was an exempt member. He was also a member of the Seaway Squares, former member of Malone Masonic Lodge F&AM, a communicant of the Methodist Church, and past member of the Army Reserve Unit.
On April 14, 1944, he married Nellie Lester at Centenary United Methodist Church in Malone. He is survived by his wife of 68 years; son, Gerald Douglas Clark and his wife Penny of Massena; two daughters, Mrs. Joyce (Kenneth) LaBuff of Plano, TX, and Mrs. Cheryl (Daniel) Lefeve of Massena; eight grandchildren, Thomas LaBuff, Carrie, Christopher and Eric Clark, Nicole Guerin, Jennifer and Jeremy Lefeve, and Jordon Barlow; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a grandson, Jason Guerin; his parents; four brothers, Edwin, Ralph, Loren and Kenneth; and a sister, Eileen McNulty.
Gifts in Mr. Clark's memory may be given to the Malone Callfiremen, Massena Rescue Squad, or Hospice of the North Country.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Spaulding Funeral Home of Malone.