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EXETER, N.H. — Richard Carr "Dick" Clarke, 86, of Exeter, and a former resident of Malden, and a 30-year resident of Lake Attitash, Merrimac and more recently of Raymond and Exeter, N.H., passed away after a short period of declining health at Colonial Poplin Nursing Home in Fremont with his family by his side.

Born in Malden, and raised in Wakefield, son of the late Joseph G. and Alice E. (Carr) Clarke, he was a graduate of Wakefield High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

His work career included experience in the tool and dye industry and automotive sales and service. He was most proud of serving as a police officer for the City of Malden from 1956 until his retirement in 1985. Following his retirement from the Police Department, he was employed by the Flatley Company in the maintenance department at Royal Crest Estates in North Andover until 1995.

He had a lifelong appreciation of cars and motorcycles and was a member of the Blue Knights Chapter 14 of Newburyport.

He lost his loving wife Ruth (Smith) Clarke in 1996 after 49 years of marriage.

Survivors include his daughter, Gail (Clarke) Wozniak of Kingston, N.H.; two grandchildren, Kimberly Carr (Wozniak) Beers and her husband William of Shrewsbury and Keith Clarke Wozniak of Kingston, N.H.; his two cherished great-granddaughters, Emily Clarke Beers and Eleanor Elizabeth Beers of Shrewsbury; a brother, Robert Clarke and his wife Janice of Milford, N.H.; a sister, Joan Bourne of South Berwick, Maine; as well as several nieces and nephews and their families and an extensive group of friends, and former neighbors and colleagues. He was predeceased by two sisters, Elinor Cameron and Marie Brown.

ARRANGEMENTS: At the family's requests there will be no calling hours or services. Following cremation, a private burial service will take place at a later date in Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac. Memorial donations may be made to Kingston Police Explorers, P.O. Box 201, Kingston, N.H. Arrangements are under the direction of Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow, N.H.
Published on  April 14, 2011
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