NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

March 30, 2013

John R. Clark, 52


Georgetown — John R.Clark, 52, of Georgetown, passed away with family by his side on March 27. He was born in Lynn, on October 19, 1960.

John was an altar boy at St. Mary’s Church in Georgetown. He attended Whittier VoTech where he learned woodworking.

John loved his family, nature, humor and learning new things. He cherished his memories of friendships and fun times. He lived most of his life as a quadriplegic and constantly strived to make the most of what he had. He was able to do more than anyone ever thought he was capable of. We called him the “Quadriplegic McGyver”. He had a strong sense of right and wrong and went to great lengths to right what he saw as a wrong.

He was happiest when out in nature. He would often sit under a tree and just watch as life went on around him. Sitting outside on a warm, sunny day listening to the birds by his water garden was heaven to him. Thru the years he enjoyed skiing, boating, fishing, camping, cooking and playing the lottery.

One of his great loves was his family. He always made sure that his mother was cared for. He struggled with the loss of his father last year. He loved watching all of the kids grow. He never forgot to ask about anyone. He was constantly trying to cure whatever ailed any of us and he had a long list to fix there.

John is predeceased by his father, James E. Clark. He is survived by his mother, Vivian M. Clark; his sister, Didi (Vivian) Hughes and her husband, Ed; brother, Ted Clark and his wife, Nanette; brother, Jim Clark; sister, Valerie Harris and her husband, Brian; and his brother, Chris Clark. As well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

John was always so grateful for any kindness ever shown him. His family asks that if you would like to do something special for him, think of him while you do a random act of kindness for someone else.

ARRANGEMENTS: There will be no wake, John always believed you should visit the living. A Mass to celebrate his life will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Georgetown at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 1. He will be buried at Harmony Cemetery in Georgetown for his much deserved eternal rest.

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