Richard E. Clark of Burlington City passed away into God's loving and eternal care Thursday, April 30, 2020. Richie worked for Acme Markets for 42 years. He loved to see everyone he grew up with in the town he loved when they came to shop. Most people thought they were just coming to get groceries, chances are if you ran into him he would serenade you, dance with the ladies in the aisles and often yodel. He was always undeniably happy! Richard was a Councilman for 20 years in Burlington City, nothing made him happier then helping to make the town he loved a better place. After he retired, he continued to volunteer at the Burlington Twp. Food Pantry. He was a respected and dedicated usher for St. Paul's Church and started working again at St. Paul's School. Richie loved going on vacation to Las Vegas with his friends from St. Paul's. He really enjoyed going to Myrtle Beach, SC with his family and on Disney trips with his daughter and grand-children. He was a 1958 Graduate from Burlington High School, he loved sports. He was a tremendous athlete and broke many records in Track and Field. He was inducted into Burlington City's "Hall of Fame" for Sports. He loved organizing his Class Reunions with Pride. If you played Pop Warner Football in the 70's and 80's chances are he was your coach, he also coached Babe Ruth Baseball coaching both of his sons and many of their friends. Richard proudly served in The National Guard. He has spent his entire life giving to his Country, the town he adored, where he spent 81 years of his life, and the church that gave him his divine faith, and most importantly to his family. There was no limit to the love he gave to his children and grand-children. He was a beloved father and grand-father to his daughters, Kelly Clark (Vern), Shawna Cognigni (Brian), both from Burlington, NJ. His sons, Steven Clark (Susie), Islamorada, FL. Ryan Clark (Rose) Roebling, NJ. His five grandchildren that were the light of his life, Grant and Jack Schiller, Chad and Troy Cognigni, and MicKayla Clark. Two sisters who adored him, Anna (Cy) Boyle and Virginia Wood and a host of nephews and nieces whom he loved spending time with. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard Earl Clark Sr. and Anna Clark (Taranto). A Life Celebration for Rich will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020. A visitation will be held at Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union Street, Burlington fromn 10-11:30am. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 Noon in St. Paul's RC Church with burial to follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to The Parish of St. Katherine Drexel, 223 E. Union St., Burlington, NJ 08016
THE PRAYER I pray you'll be our eyes And watch us where we go And help us to be wise In times when we don't know Let this be our prayer When we lose our way Lead us to a place Guide us with your Grace To a place where we'll be safe I pray we'll find your light And hold it in our hearts When stars go out each night Let this be our prayer When shadows fill our day Lead us to a place Guide us with your Grace Give us Faith so we'll be safe. We ask that life be kind And watch us from above We hope each soul will find Another soul to love Let this be our prayer Just like every child Needs to find a place, Guide us with your Grace Give us Faith so we'll be safe To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Richard E Clark please visit our Sympathy Store.
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