Gary C. Clark
Gary C. Clark
January 05, 1951 ‐ January 29, 2021
Gary Clark born January 5th 1951, grew up in Westlake, Ohio and graduated from Westlake High School where he met his future wife Linda (both class of 68’). He went on to become a Crusader at the College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, MA (class of 72’). He continued his education at CSU with a master’s in Science/Metallurgical Engineering (76’) and acquired an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University in 1980.
He put his advanced academia to work in areas of research, international marketing, and sales at organizations such as TRW, Foseco,McGean-Rohco, Brunswick Industrial, Buhler Industries, and found home with Potters Industries where he worked for over 20 years.
Gary loved entertaining family & friends, giving tractor rides to his grandkids, playing frisbee around the house and any game of skill or chance. He could always be found with a Manhattan in hand during a Friday happy hour, hitting the links or the Schvitz with his buddies and was blessed enough to travel the world for both business and pleasure.
Gary passed away unexpectedly on January 29th. He is survived by his wife Linda (Darus) of 50 wonderful years, his sons Kevin (Janice) and Chris (Megan) and was the best “Papa” to Lilly, Reed, Hadley and Evelyn. He was the third son of the late Ralph and Ruth Clark, brother of Dave (decd), Paul (decd), Nan (Moles) and Don.
Funeral Services to be held Tuesday February 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm at Jenkins Funeral Chapel 2914 Dover Center Road Westlake. Family and Friends will gather for visitations from 2:00pm until time of service. Due to Covid 19 Pandemic masks must be worn and social distancing will be observed.
Funeral Service with be Live Streamed starting at 3:55 pm Please click here to watch the funeral service.
I wanted to say that I appreciate all these comments to celebrate my father‘s life. Especially those from people I don’t necessarily know but that he had a connection with over the years. I did not get a chance to say this at the service but I think that they would take comfort in knowing that I had a relationship with my father as a son as they did as a friend. Not many people are as fortunate as myself to be able to call a father a friend . He was always supportive and gave good guidance and we had many good times together. We would talk about many subjects from politics to science and on the rare occasion we didn’t agree it did not matter. I am very proud to be his son and I am following his lead with my own children
Can’t end without something funny but a call out to the holy Cross crew thanks for giving me whiskey on my pacifier and making me run up and down the halls of the dorms while my parents are out to dinner love whiskey
Carleen Gumina Broberg
I have been reading these tributes to Gary and I am struck how often the same words are used to describe him: dependable, hard working, generous, caring, witty, positive, class, calm, intelligent, loyal, thoughtful , kind. Let me add one thing.....Gary never looked for praise or acknowledgement for any of his acts of kindness. It was all just done from his heart. He was a gentle man who had an elegance that not many possess. I was fortunate enough to have him and Linda as my closest friends for over 48 years and I watched their love grow and his devotion to all he loved flourish. The stories of his generosity to my entire family will live on with us forever. His life served as an inspiration for all of us to live life to the fullest, never criticize , never complain. He will be terribly missed.
Gary and I roomed together our sophomore year at Holy Cross, and then I transferred to the University of Florida. I regret that our lives moved on separate tracks after that because, from what others have shared about him, he matured into the wonderful husband, father and grandfather that I would have guessed he would be. I pray that he and I will see each other again when the Lord calls me home.
Windsor Mill, Maryland
So sad to see Gary go, but what a full and happy life. Let's celebrate his generous spirit. We were corridor mates for two years at Holy Cross and enjoyed many card and frisbee games with complicated rules that he invented. I best remember him for his sly, subtle smile as he took in the world around him whether it was the antics of his physics professor or the goings-on at Kimball dining hall where he worked. Truly a stand-up guy and a good friend. My condolences to the lovely Linda, his sons and the Clark family.
To my Holy Cross classmate Gary: May your memory be eternal!
I was honored to be one of Gary’s Holy Cross Chem-major chums, sharing study sessions, Kimball Hall meals, HC sports, and Classics (in translation). I was thrilled to attend Gary & Linda’s wedding. I always admired Gary’s insights, and gracious humor. At Holy Cross daily we walked to and from Kimball and our Clark IV dorm on a path (literally) through the graveyard of 250 Jesuit professors, in the shadow of a large Crucifix, next to Saint Joseph Chapel. Occasionally we said a prayer recognizing both Jesus’ ultimate loving sacrifice on The Holy Cross and marveled at the Jesuits’ life-long vocational sacrifices for The College and Students. May God’s Perpetual Light shine upon Gary, our friend.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of Gary from Holy Cross
Bill Liesman, Holy Cross Class of '72
I knew Gary well our first two years at Holy Cross. I remember his serious devotion to study, always tempered by a unique and positive sense of humor. I remember some good times in Alumni and Clark, but I especially remember meeting Linda and a lot of other people at a great Fourth of July party in the Cleveland area in 1969. I was spending the long weekend with my girlfriend's family in Monroe, MI (I was a Detroit guy) and Gary said "C'mon over." What a wonderful career Gary had and yet never forgot his roots. He has earned his eternal rest, but my sincere condolences to Linda and the family.
Thomas Furey, HC class of 1972
Indian Head Park, Il
I first met Gary freshman year at Holy Cross. My recollection is that he was a premed student as was I. He was a good guy and always a gentleman.
Steve and Linda Saferin
Linda and I were so saddened to hear of Gary's passing. He was a wonderful Schvitz companion and I really loved trading stories and having drinks with him. He will be missed. Our prayers our with Linda and Kevin and the rest of the family. Stay safe and well.
Guy, I enjoyed being your sister in-law. That goes for you too Linda. I always enjoyed your company. You were humorous, witty, and thoughtful. You seemed to enjoy life, which sets a good example for others.
Linda, my heart breaks for you. I wish you peace.
Love and prayers,
Whenever I think of Gary, he makes me smile. Over some 3 years, we became pretty good friends, playing cards, bowling, but mostly telling jokes and rewriting articles from the school paper, making them hilarious...at least to us. We “ got” each other’s humor. Now thinking of Gary, makes me sad that he is gone. My sincere condolences to you, Linda, your family, and our fellow classmates. Dave Shie
Vicki Childers Zimmerman
Newport Beach, CA
I am so very sad to hear of your husband, Gary's, sudden passing and I send my deepest condolences to you, your sons and your entire family.
As so many of our classmates shared, I was stunned to hear the news and will always remember Gary's kind and generous soul and the love story you two shared.
I marveled at Gary's combination of intelligence and humor and it was cradled in kindness for all he met. We were biology lab partners due to our surnames and that was a fortunate coincidence for me.
Sending you love, my prayers and deepest sympathy,
Joe & Kamber Herrmann
Avon Lake Oh
We were saddened to learn of Guy's passing.
He was always great to talk with, always enjoyed being with him and the family. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I’m am so sorry to hear about the loss of Gary. He was a gentle man who was greatly loved by my grandchildren...
and I very much enjoyed his company. My heart goes out to you, Linda. Judy
La Quinta, California
Dear Linda and Family,
I am heartbroken to hear of Gary’s passing. His love for all of you was ever-present and knowing him was a blessing.
Dear Linda and family ...
I was saddened and stunned to learn of Gary’s passing today ( Wednesday February 3rd ) in a text message from a WHS classmate.
I have many enjoyable good-friend high school and summer baseball memories of Gary. He was funny, generous and had a sharp sense of humor
It was so good to spend some time with both of you at the 50th reunion. I regret that good intentions to reconnect fell short .
May God welcome him and strengthen and comfort you.
Thinking about my uncle Guy and praying for his family.
I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I worked with Gary at Potters. Your family has my prayers as you go through this difficult time.
I'll miss uncle guy every time I eat at Bob Evans or go to the schvitz. He was a great uncle.
Linda and boys my heart goes out to you guys your husband and father will be sorely missed it was one of the nicest guys I've ever known now he's up in heaven he will look in on you from time to time we have another angel in heaven
Craig and Joy Gioia
Our prayers go out to the Clark family. Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Michael and Pam (Darus) Dragich
Fort Myers, Florida
Linda, Kevin and Chris. Words cannot express how deeply sorry we are. Gary was a loving and generous person. He always made sure everyone was taken care of. He was more like a brother than a brother-in-law after all these years. He will truly be missed, love Pam and Michael
I worked with Gary since 2005. In the moments we spent together from time to time, he clearly demonstrated that he not only was he a hard working, intelligent business person, but also cared deeply about doing the right things in his professional and personal life. I feel privileged to have worked with Gary. He will be sorely missed by all.
Gary has been a dear friend and colleague at Potters. He was a hard working man, always calm and collected on any issue that he faced . Someone you can always count on for guidance. I will greatly miss our business trips but more importantly his friendship.
Fort Myers. FL
Gary called on ITW Evercoat for many years. He is greatly loved and missed by all here at Evercoat.
I was a one of Gary’s coworkers. I will miss his company and friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Gary was the consummate professional and gentleman in every way. We worked together for 20 yers at Potters and he always had foresight humor and instilled dignity into everything he did. I enjoyed our many trips visiting customers and sharing a drink at the end of the day.
My life is better, having know Gary.
..and until we meet again, may God keep US both safe in the palm oh His hand
We'll miss you uncle guy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with
the entire family at this very difficult time. Deepest sympathy and condolences.
Gary was hired at Potters one month before me and we shared our training and many travels together. He was a dear friend who always cared about others before himself. Gary left us with the blueprint of how to be a truly class act! He will be missed dearly! RIP my brother!
Marie G. Ross
Gary was a valued member of our PQ/Potters family for the last twenty years. I had the privilege and honor of traveling with him many times over this time period. We would talk by phone everyday and the conversations always started with Good Morning Brother Clark. Working with Gary was indeed my privilege. He always brought his "A" game and watched out for everyone. He was kind, caring, empathetic and professional. He talked of Linda and the boys with so much warmth and a twinkle in his eye. He adored his grandchildren and spoke of them often. We all looked up to him with genuine friendship. i know there is a special in Heaven where he is listening to Jazz and playing Liar's poker.
Linda, words cannot possibly describe the depths of my sorrow for the loss of your beloved. You and Gary had a love truly for the ages, and I feel blessed to have been able to hear some of the tales of your adventures together.
You are not alone. May our prayers sustain you, good friends surround you, and your memories comfort you in the days to come.
All my love,
Megan and Peter Moutoux
Our prayers are with the Clark family. Love the Moutoux's
Terri & Joe Paoletta
Linda, our most heartfelt love and condolences go out to you and your family.
Mr. Clark sounds like he was a most wonderful and respected man. I am sure he will be greatly missed but will always be greatly remembered. I am truly sorry for your sorrow.
I worked with Gary at Potters and remember his calm and friendly demeanor. My condolences and prayers to the family at this time.
Harry "Lindy" Gorden
Orland Park, IL
Linda - My heart breaks for you. As childhood friends I have felt a special affinity for you and Gary. What a legacy Gary has made for his family, friends and career achievements, of course he was always an outstanding student, yet even more endearing was he was such a great family man and friend to so many. He will of course be missed, buy always in our hearts. You have a tremendous family for support but know your many friends are there for you as well. Sincerest sympathies, Lindy Gorden.
Megan Thornton Mccutcheon
I’m so sorry to hear about Mr. Clark. I have so many memories of soccer games, vacations, and get togethers. I will always remember his warm welcomes and smiles. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
The main thing I remember about my Uncle Guy is how much my dad Paul liked to go after him (good naturedly), and how Guy absolutely could not be ruffled. If there's a heaven, I hope they're right back at it.
What a great Father, Husband, and human. I've known Gary since I was in High School with his son. Over 30 years and he was never anything short of kind to me. Great sense of humor. I'll certainly miss seeing him at social events. RIP, Gary. I'm sure you're already having a cigar with, Tony!
Nancy (Clark) Moles
My brother Guy (Gary) was a wonderful brother and playmate as a child. Of course, he and Paul and Dave were always bigger, smarter, and stronger, but they included me and Don in their games, and played fair. Guy was a loving and caring and dependable brother as an adult. He was always up for a good time or a good game but was also a calming and steady presence in times of difficulty. I couldn't have asked for a better brother. Linda, our love to you. You were the love of his life. What a blessing. Kevin and Chris, he was always so proud of each of you. He's gone too soon and we will all miss him. He will always be in our hearts.
Margaret & Geoff Ford
Avon Lake OH
Gary will be so missed by so many. He was a good friend & we were blessed to have him as part of our family.
Alan J. Ross
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Linda: so very sorry for your loss. He was such a good man. I know only too well the pain you are feeling. If there is anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sandi & Jim Frankito
Dear Linda and family,
Sending our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Valerie Hillow Gates
Dear Linda and family,
Our hearts are with you at this terrible time. So deeply sorry for your unfair loss. May your special memories of Gary give you comfort in the days ahead.
Janet Thornton Seeman
Tipp City, OH
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Clark. I have many fond memories of him from soccer games to get togethers and various houses. Your family will be in our prayers
New York, NY
Uncle Guy will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to enjoy his company. The family will be in my thoughts.
Linda and family - I am so sorry about Guy. I have very fond memories of golfing with him (Don, Paul & Curtis). I admired Guy for his brilliance, humor and kindness. Your family is being kept in our prayers.
Mary Jo and George Coughlin
Linda, Chris, Kevin, and families,
We are heartbroken for you and will miss Gary. While we only saw him occasionally, we enjoyed his warmth , smile and fun loving spirit. Our sincere condolences to all of you.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
I worked with Gary at McGean-Rohco in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1980s. We became very close friends. I always enjoyed spending time with Gary and his wife Linda at their home in Westlake. Gary was on the the kindest people I have every known. I always enjoyed taking part in his annual "super stars" event. My last contact with Gary and Linda was in 1989 when I relocated to Washington, DC to become CFO of a security company. Due to a hectic schedule for both work and life (no excuse), we lost touch with each other. I really regret that and wish we had stayed in touch. There have been so many times over the years I have thought about Gary and Linda and just wish I had reconnected. This afternoon, I decided to search the internet to find a phone number for Gary and was totally shocked when my search turned up this obituary. I guess the old saying "don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today" sadly applies in this case. I was also shocked to learn that Linda had passed away only a few months after Gary. I will miss you both greatly and I send my belated condolences to all you family and friends. May you both rest in peace and may your family hold on to all the happy memories they have with your both. Ken Smith