Francis E. “Tiny” Clarke
Francis E. “Tiny” Clarke, 92, of Jamestown, passed away peacefully Dec. 31, 2013, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was, and is, a kind and gentle soul and the beloved husband of 57 years to Maxine M. (von Schade) Clark.
Born in Wakefield, he was a son of the late Earl C. and Frances C. (McKenna) Clark and grandson of the late James Everett Clark.
Tiny proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a gunner’s mate first class captain of gun mount No. 1 on the Fletcher class destroyer USS Hall (DD- 583) in the South Pacific, where one of his many experiences included witnessing the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima. He was the captain of the motor yacht Thania, which when donated, started the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol. Tiny owned and captained three fishing boats. He also was the owner and operator of the Round House Shipyard and Clark Boat Yard in Jamestown. He worked for NUSC at the Newport Navy base and the New London Navy base in Connecticut where he ran a 72-foot torpedo retriever and a 60-foot landing craft. He also ran a 90-foot cruise boat out of Wickford. Tiny worked as a shipwright at Norton’s Shipyard in East Greenwich and Wickford Shipyard in Wickford. He was a member and adjutant of the Jamestown VFW Post 9447 and a member and past president of the Jamestown Lions Club. Tiny enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid reader and loved baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox.
Besides his wife, he leaves four children, Michael F. Clark, Sarah E. Clark and James M. Clark of Jamestown, Gary M. Clark of Kingston, son-in-law Noah Anacleto of Jamestown, daughter-inlaw Kristen Cornwall of Kingston and two grandsons, James J.M. Clark and Benjamin D. Clark; a sister, Judith Reiber and her husband Bruce of Madison, Conn. He was the brother of the late Elizabeth, Jacqueline and Robert Clark and Mary Ellen Morrison.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 11, at 9 a.m. in St. Mark Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. Burial with military honors will follow in R.I. Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Potter League for Animals, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840.