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Fitchburg: David Clark, lifelong resident of Fitchburg, MA passed away peacefully on Friday February 26, 2021 in U Mass Medical Center, Worcester, MA after a brief cardiac illness.
David was born September 22, 1958 the son of John and Rosemary (Wilson) Clark, immigrants from Glasgow, Scotland. David was raised in Fitchburg and attended Fitchburg High School graduating in 1976. He went on to attend and graduate from Fitchburg State College, earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications Media.
In 1982, Dave was a member of the softball team which made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for playing in a softball marathon which lasted 56 + hours and raised money for the Fitchburg Center for Brain Injured Children.
David worked at WEIM Radio Station, where he reported on sports, news and was “The Voice” of play –by- play for local high school sports, and in 1984 was named sports director. Dave hosted a program called “Sports Live” where he discussed local and national sporting news, interviewed many celebrities in the sports industry, and took phone calls from listeners. One of his favorite features on his program was using his daughters to do promo spots as well as featuring them in telephone interviews. He would also call them while on –air for each of their birthdays. David loved his job and would continue with it on a part-time basis even after moving on to another full-time job.
David started working at Fitchburg State College (now University) for the Information Technology Dept. in 1989 and remained there until his retirement in 2018.
He was a devoted family man, raising three daughters with his wife Sherry. If you asked David about any of them he would light up with pride.
David was always interested in politics, and he ran for, and was elected to a seat on the Fitchburg School Committee. As his three daughters were all attending Fitchburg Public Schools, he felt he had a vested interest in the course of the school system.
You would be hard pressed to find a person who loved his city more. After working with the school committee for several years, he wanted to become more involved with city politics. David ran for and was elected to be Ward 1 Counselor. He took great pride in all that he did and really enjoyed helping his constituents. Dave was a true believer in term limits and after eight years as Ward 1 Counselor, he decided he wanted to help all of the residents of Fitchburg thus he ran for and was elected as counselor at large, a role he thoroughly enjoyed. While he worked at Fitchburg State and in city politics, David became involved with the local cable television FATV. His work with city politics and broadcasting attracted many opportunities. He became a member of the Board of Directors for FATV as well as the Board of Directors for the Crocker Field Restoration Committee. He was also awarded the On-air Personality of the year in 2018 by FATV.
David leaves his wife of 37 years, Sherry (Ouellette) Clark, his daughter Kaitlyn and her husband Glenn Mitchell and their daughters, Hannah and Maggie of Athol, MA, his daughter Courtney Clark of Fitchburg, MA, and daughter Kimberly and her fiancé Derek Vallee and their children, Quinn and Beckett of Leominster, MA, his brothers Mark Clark of Gardner, MA, Mark’s son Vincent and Vincent’s wife Gretchen of Leominster, MA, Gary Clark of Fitchburg, MA, Gary’s daughter Amanda and her fianceé Jacy, along with several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins in Scotland. France, and Canada, best friends Steve and Sharon McCluskey, and two peanuts walking down the street.
He was predeceased by his father John Clark in 1982 and his mother Rosemary (Wilson) Clark in 2019.
David will be deeply missed by all of his family, friends and loved ones. We will all remember “The Voice”
Private services will be held at a later date to be announced. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Crocker field Restoration Committee c/o Craig Antocci Athletic Director @ Fitchburg High School or the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham , MA 02452.
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