2017-12-07 / Obituaries

William A. “Bill” Clarke

William A. “Bill” Clarke, 100, of Fairfax, Va. and formerly of Jamestown, R.I., passed away peacefully Dec. 1, 2017, with his family at his side.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth Clarke; devoted father of Sharon Clarke, William Clarke III and the late Thomas Clarke; and brother of Russell Clarke, Richard Clarke, Winnifred Russell, Ida Dalrymple, and Penelope Clarke. He also is survived by four grandchildren, Christine Clarke (Jamie), Adam Clarke (Tessa), Rolf Clarke, Lianna Clarke, three great-grandchildren, Adalyn Grace, Raven, Jamie, and many nieces and nephews.

Bill’s career as an airline mechanic began in Washington, D.C., in 1943 with Penn Central Airlines, which merged with Capital Airlines, which was acquired by United Airlines, from which he retired in 1978.

He was an Honored Lifetime Member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Bill’s love for flying led him to obtain his pilot’s license and co-own a small aircraft.

An avid golfer and sailor, Bill loved owning his own boat. As a Jimmy Buffett fan, Bill also enjoyed the Buffett “sailing lifestyle.”

Bill was devoted to his faith as well. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church for more than 50 years.

Bill loved his family and friends and will be dearly missed.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Cedar Cemetery, Jamestown.

For information and condolences, please visit www.FaganQuinnFuneralHome.com.

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