Bruce G. Clarke
Bruce G. Clarke, 59, passed away suddenly on August 9th. He was born Feb. 8, 1958 to the late Kenneth and Joan (Buddington) Clarke. Bruce was a graduate of East Longmeadow High, Class of 1976, and of Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst, Class of 1978. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1981 to 1985. He worked as a Correctional Officer for the State of Connecticut at Somers and Carl Robinson from where he retired in 2005. He worked at Squier Lumber in Monson, and most recently as a van and bus driver for Monson Public Schools. An avid outdoorsman, Bruce enjoyed camping and spending time on the beach with his family in Cape Cod, as well as tending to his vegetable garden, raising chickens, beekeeping, hunting, and fishing. Also a craftsman, he built his own home, and crafted with wood and leather, and could fix almost anything. He was an active member and trustee at the First Church of Monson, played the bagpipes with the Quaboag Highlanders Pipes & Drums, and was a member of the Worcester County Beekeepers Association. He leaves his loving wife Laurie (Graves) Clarke, his daughters Emily and Julianne Clarke of Monson, his step-son Alex Harrington and significant other Jenn of Leicester, their son Christopher, brother Craig Clarke and his wife Debbie of Campton, NH., sisters; Donna Salloom and her husband Roger of Northampton., and Sandra Salerno and her husband Dante of Douglas, along with several nieces and nephews. Calling Hours will be held FRI from 4 to 7 PM at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres, 21 Tinkham Rd., Spfld. A Memorial Service will be held SAT 11 AM at the First Church of Monson, 5 High St., Monson. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity near and dear to your heart.