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Frederic Arthur (Fred) Clark (obituary)
Times dispatch ^

Posted on 07/10/2006 8:17:21 PM PDT by jcdc

Frederic Arthur (Fred) Clark, who had tired of reading obituaries noting other's courageous battles with this or that disease, wanted it known that he lost his battle as a result of an automobile accident on June 18, 2006. True to Fred's personal style, his final hours were spent joking with medical personnel while he whimpered, cussed, begged for narcotics and bargained with God to look over his wife and kids. He loved his family. His heart beat faster when his wife of 37 years Alice Rennie Clark entered the room and saddened a little when she left. His legacy was the good works performed by his sons, Frederic Arthur Clark III and Andrew Douglas Clark MD, PhD., along with Andy's wife, Sara Morgan Clark. Fred's back straightened and chest puffed out when he heard the Star Spangled Banner and his eyes teared when he heard Amazing Grace. He wouldn't abide self important tight *censored*. Always an interested observer of politics, particularly what the process does to its participants, he was amused by politician's outrage when we lie to them and amazed at what the voters would tolerate. His final wishes were "throw the bums out and don't elect lawyers" (though it seems to make little difference). During his life he excelled at mediocrity. He loved to hear and tell jokes, especially short ones due to his limited attention span. He had a life long love affair with bacon, butter, cigars and bourbon. You always knew what Fred was thinking much to the dismay of his friend and family. His sons said of Fred, "he was often wrong, but never in doubt". When his family was asked what they remembered about Fred, they fondly recalled how Fred never peed in the shower - on purpose. He died at MCV Hospital and sadly was deprived of his final wish which was to be run over by a beer truck on the way to the liquor store to buy booze for a double date to include his wife, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter to crash an ACLU cocktail party. In lieu of flowers, Fred asks that you make a sizable purchase at your local ABC store or Virginia winery (please, nothing French - the *censored*) and get rip roaring drunk at home with someone you love or hope to make love to. Word of caution though, don't go out in public to drink because of the alcohol related laws our elected officials have passed due to their inexplicable terror at the sight of a MADD lobbyist and overwhelming compulsion to meddle in our lives. No funeral or service is planned. However, a party will be held to celebrate Fred's life. It will be held in Midlothian, Va. Email fredsmemory@yahoo.com for more information. Fred's ashes will be fired from his favorite cannon at a private party on the Great Wicomico River where he had a home for 25 years. Additionally, all of Fred's friend (sic) will be asked to gather in a phone booth, to be designated in the future, to have a drink and wonder, "Fred who?" Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on 7/9/2006.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obituaries

1 posted on 07/10/2006 8:17:22 PM PDT by jcdc
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To: jcdc

A great obit. Going out with style.


2 posted on 07/10/2006 8:20:31 PM PDT by Pelham (McGuestWorkerProgram- Soon to serve over 1 billion Americans)
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To: jcdc

WOW....neat obit for a man I would like to have known.


3 posted on 07/10/2006 8:30:59 PM PDT by Kimmers
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To: Kimmers
WOW....neat obit for a man I would like to have known.

Me too. He sounds like a great guy. I wonder if he was a Freeper?
4 posted on 07/10/2006 8:35:36 PM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: jcdc

What a sense of humor that guy had. I'll bet he's missed.


5 posted on 07/10/2006 8:38:57 PM PDT by HelloooClareece ("We make war that we may live in peace". Aristotle)
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To: jcdc

"He died at MCV Hospital and sadly was deprived of his final wish which was to be run over by a beer truck on the way to the liquor store to buy booze for a double date to include his wife, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter to crash an ACLU cocktail party."

Now THAT would have been a way to go out. I hope Rush and Ann see this. God bless this man's soul and prayers to his family.


6 posted on 07/10/2006 8:46:52 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: jcdc

God rest his soul. Sounds like he loved life to the max!


7 posted on 07/10/2006 8:53:36 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: peggybac

Somebody should send this to Rush!


8 posted on 07/10/2006 8:55:18 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Hildy

"Somebody should send this to Rush!"

I will. He's on vacation this week so I hope he gets it.


9 posted on 07/10/2006 8:59:31 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: peggybac

I sent it to rush@rushlimbaugh.com Is that right?


10 posted on 07/10/2006 9:04:33 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Hildy

I sent it to: rush@eibnet.com


11 posted on 07/10/2006 9:11:26 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: peggybac

Well, hopefully between the two of us it'll reach him! :)


12 posted on 07/10/2006 9:13:53 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: peggybac

Well, hopefully between the two of us it'll reach him! :)


13 posted on 07/10/2006 9:13:53 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Brad's Gramma; onyx
This is a must read, but no worries about bringing tissue, Fred wouldn't approve.
14 posted on 07/10/2006 9:20:08 PM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476


Amazing! I had just finished reading this!
Thanks for thinking of me.


15 posted on 07/10/2006 9:21:12 PM PDT by onyx (Deport the trolls --- send them back to DU)
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To: onyx

LOL, it's amazing, isn't it. I checked out the guestbook and it's for real. Fred is a man I would have enjoyed meeting.


16 posted on 07/10/2006 9:22:43 PM PDT by bd476
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To: jcdc

That's an obituary. RIP.


17 posted on 07/10/2006 9:25:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: jcdc

Aye Fred, we hardly knew ye!

But that little bit was all good!
Now I'm going back to check that guestbook...


18 posted on 07/10/2006 9:31:03 PM PDT by VOA
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To: FARS

I think you might enjoy this one.


19 posted on 07/10/2006 9:34:38 PM PDT by bd476
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To: bd476

Lots of messages in the guest book!


20 posted on 07/10/2006 9:37:18 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: jcdc; oldtimer

Odd... This Fred sounds exactly like my brother, but (thankfully) he's still alive and kicking.


21 posted on 07/10/2006 9:38:00 PM PDT by Humidston (Congress is like the Mafia - NO PAY, NO PLAY.)
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To: peggybac

There sure are. That obituary assures that he will be remembered by many.


22 posted on 07/10/2006 9:45:14 PM PDT by bd476
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To: jcdc

Hmmm. My neck o' the woods. Will have to research this...


23 posted on 07/10/2006 10:02:17 PM PDT by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwt! Lr bi mst hord, solce!)
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To: Flyer; humblegunner; Allegra; TheMom; Xenalyte; thackney; Eaker; stevie_d_64; TXBSAFH; ...

Funeral Begins With Fun Ping


24 posted on 07/10/2006 10:07:13 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Whatever happened to Cynthia McKinney?)
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To: pax_et_bonum; Flyer; humblegunner; Allegra; TheMom; thackney; Eaker; stevie_d_64; TXBSAFH

This is the best obituary EVER!


25 posted on 07/11/2006 5:45:59 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: jcdc

What great obit. God bless this man's soul!


26 posted on 07/11/2006 5:49:32 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Man was made in the image of God, not pond scum)
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To: Xenalyte; humblegunner; Flyer; thackney
In lieu of flowers, Fred asks that you make a sizable purchase at your local ABC store or Virginia winery (please, nothing French - the *censored*) and get rip roaring drunk at home with someone you love or hope to make love to.

Can I steal this for my obituary?

27 posted on 07/11/2006 6:02:33 AM PDT by Allegra (A Journey of 1,000 Miles Begins with A Bunch of Security Hassles at the Airport)
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To: Allegra

But since we're so far apart..... (wink wink!)


28 posted on 07/11/2006 6:06:59 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: Eagle Eye

LOL - it's all in the name of honoring ol' Fred's last wishes.


29 posted on 07/11/2006 6:21:24 AM PDT by Allegra (A Journey of 1,000 Miles Begins with A Bunch of Security Hassles at the Airport)
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To: jcdc

Great obit. No doubt he'll be missed...rest in peace.


30 posted on 07/11/2006 7:31:40 AM PDT by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: Xenalyte

Very cool!


31 posted on 07/11/2006 8:01:47 AM PDT by Eaker (My Wife Rocks! - Travis McGee is my friend. Youll never need a gun, until you need it badly.)
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To: jcdc

thanks for the ping. Enjoyed it.


32 posted on 07/11/2006 10:53:37 AM PDT by FARS (OK)
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To: jcdc

RIP

BTT


33 posted on 07/12/2006 8:34:22 AM PDT by Republican Red (Everyone is super stoked on Gore, even if they don't know it)
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To: jcdc

Excellent! A fellow Richmonder that will be sorely missed.


34 posted on 07/12/2006 12:59:37 PM PDT by P8riot ("You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone." - Al Capone)
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