David D. Clarke

August 25, 2023
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Gorham- David D. Clarke, age 85, passed away peacefully at his home, with his family by his side, on Friday, August 25, 2023.

          By his request, there will be no public services. He will be buried in Gorham Cemetery, with Military Honors.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Stanley-Hall-Gorham Ambulance, P.O. Box 57, Hall, NY 14463; or the Pulmonary Hypertension Assistance Fund, 8401 Colesville Rd., Suite 200, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or www.PHAssociation.org.

          Dave was born Feb. 6, 1938. He was the son of the late Arthur D. Clarke and Ruth E. Bagshaw Clarke. Dave attended Gorham High School, and later earned his GED.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Dave married Sylvia Pierson on Nov. 28, 1959.

          Dave worked for the Gorham Highway Department for over 30 years and retired in 1999 as Highway Superintendent. After retirement, he drove school buses for Marcus Whitman Central School, and then became a Bus Mechanic until he was 75.

Dave was a former member of the Canandaigua American Legion. He had been a member of the NYS Highway Superintendent’s Association, and of several area County Highway Superintendent’s associations. Dave was a proud member of the NRA. He was also a lifetime member of the Gorham Fire Company.

Dave enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends. He and old friend George Johnson had gone on fishing trips to Black Lake for over 50 years. Dave was an “International” man, who enjoyed driving one of George Johnson’s tractors in the annual Gorham Memorial Day Parade.

Dave was an amazing husband, “Dad” and “Pa”. He was very close to his grandsons, and his great-grandson, who he saw almost every day. Dave shared his love of hunting, fishing and collecting guns with his grandson, Patrick. Dave and his grandson, Daniel, had restored a 1946 McCormick Farmall A together.

Dave is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sylvia; two daughters, Rebecca (Frank) Long and Jennifer (Bubby) Kerrick; two grandsons, Patrick David (Katelynn) Kerrick and Daniel Clair Kerrick; great-grandson, Kaysen David Kerrick; Bassett Hound, Tucker; brother, James Clarke; two sisters-in-law, Karen Clarke and Mary Pierson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Jack Clarke and Richard Clarke; sister, Joyce Benedict and her husband, Benny; sister-in-law, Shirley Taylor; and brother-in-law, Doug Pierson.

Please visit www.kenperkinsfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence for the Clarke family.


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Linda Reynolds from Shortsville, NY on Aug. 27, 2023

My heart goes out to you all. I have such fond memories of Dave as a fellow MW bus driver. He had such a sense of humor! Always made me laugh. Rest easy Dave. God bless

Joann Perry from Rochester NY on Aug. 27, 2023

My sincere condolences to you and your family. I remember when Jennifer used to bring peanut brittle, homemade from her dad and tomatoes and peppers from his garden. It was so sweet and his peanut brittle could not be beat.

Tracy Nixon from Creswell, NC on Aug. 27, 2023

Dave lived a great life. What a beautiful legacy he is leaving behind. Even though we can't be together during this difficult time, I am holding you all close to my heart. Sending love and hugs.

Caren Park from Fairport, New York on Aug. 27, 2023

Very sorry for your loss. Now all the Clarke boys are together.

April DeWall-Harmon from Chesterfield, MI on Aug. 27, 2023

We are sending our love and prayers to your family.

Donna & Mark Detro from BIVINS on Aug. 28, 2023

I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Dave. May the special memories you made together help you through this difficult time.

Chris Langan from Canandaigua, NY on Aug. 28, 2023

Very sorry for your loss. We are sending our love and prayers to your family.


Becky, Frank and family. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to you both and your family.

Mark & Betty Ledgerwood from Gorham NY on Aug. 29, 2023

We are so sorry for your loss! Our Prayers go out to each one of you!! If you need anything we are just a doorstep away!! RIP Dave ???

Mark Snyder from Canandaigua on Aug. 30, 2023

Dave Sylvia were great neighbors, many years ago. A couple different careers allowed me to run into Dave at both the Town and the School District over the years. It was always good to see him and share a few stories and laughs.
Sympathy and warm regards to Sylvia, Becky, Jenny and families.

Mark Snyder

Jennifer Goatseay from Lyons, NY on Aug. 31, 2023

Becky and family, Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your father. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
-The Goatseays

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