Michael David Clark, 61, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, transitioned June 8, 2021.
The fourth of Richard and (Barbara) Jane Clark’s seven children, Michael was an Andrew Ward High School Class of 1978 graduate in Fairfield, Ct. where he won state championships in track and high hurdles and distinguished himself on the football field. Michael went on to attend UMASS-Amherst and, for years, crewed aboard Kirsten, a 48-foot-Nautor's swan, for Danish magnate Tyge Rothe. During this time, Michael sailed to Bermuda, Maine, the Inland Waterway, Chesapeake Bay, Bahamas and the Caribbean. Michael also sailed Kirsten throughout Denmark and Scandinavia. One of his most notable adventures was to Antigua. True to his fearless nature, Michael ignored warnings to avoid the volcano and was bit by mosquito carrying Dengue fever. He narrowly survived the incident and returned home recovered and ready for the next adventure.
His many forays aside, Michael was most proud of his sons Caleb Kimpton and Nathaniel Clark and often spoke of his love for them.
Michael was a Homeric storyteller, and seemed transplanted from the family’s Celtic past.
He was an avid animal rights advocate and abhorred vivisection and all forms of animal cruelty. Michael’s family and friends remember his unflagging support of their endeavors and his generosity of spirit. The story goes that, if you were trapped in a burning building, Michael would be the first one to pull you out. While illness stalked him toward the end, Michael never lost his fearlessness in the face of adversity and fought until the end.
He leaves behind his beloved sons Caleb Kimpton and Nathaniel Clark, his siblings John Clark and his wife Jeannine and their children Philip, Jenna and Ryan, Mona Jane Glass and her children David, Daniel and Molly, and their children, Eunice Cormier-Clark and her husband Warren Cormier-Clark, Gregory Clark and his wife Melissa Clark and their children Madison and Skyler and Emily (Clark) Dravenstadt and her husband Jay Dravenstadt.
Gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Humane Society and the World Wildlife Fund.