Francis Clark, 91, of South Lee

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By Wednesday, Jul 19 Obituaries

Francis E. Clark Sr., 91, of Pine Street, died Monday, July 17, at home with his family at his side.

Francis was born in Tyringham on May 31, 1926, the son of Wilbur and Carrie McCarthy Clark. He was educated in the Tyringham School. Mr. Clark proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. After the service, he worked on the Farnham Farm and Kimball Stables in Lenox. Mr. Clark married the former Betty Farnham on June 1, 1957. He had most recently worked as a logger for several area loggers and retired from Borgnis and Sons in Lenox Dale. Francis enjoyed horse pulling and was the New England Heavy Weight Champion in 1953 at the Northampton Fair.

Besides his wife, Betty, Mr. Clark leaves behind three sons: Francis E. Clark Jr. and wife Jennie, James S., and Dale A. and wife Linda; five daughters: Terrie L. Gardino and husband Ray, Gail E. Guarda and husband Carmello, Jean M. Robbins and husband Wayne, Karen L. Robarge and husband Randy, and Lori B. Decker and husband Dennis; grandchildren Joseph and Jennifer Gardino, Ellie and Buddy Clark, James Clark, Dale Jr., and Matthew Clark, Michelle, Dominic and Christopher Guarda, Samantha, Nicole and Anthony Robarge, Katilyn and Brooke Decker, Jamie Hunt and Erica Baczek; and great-granddaughter Madison Gardino. He also leaves behind his brother, T. Martin Clark.

Francis was predeceased by his brothers Wilbur, James, Clifton, Donald and Robert; and his sister, Betty Smith.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 20, at 11 a.m. at the Kelly Funeral Home with Pastor Van officiating. There will be a calling hour from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow in the Tyringham Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tyringham Cemetery Fund in care of the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main St., Lee, MA 01238. To leave a message of condolence or share pictures, visit

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