Grafton – Harold A. Clark, 85, of Grafton, MA, passed away peacefully in his home Tuesday December 26, 2023, in the presence of his beloved daughter. Choosing to be at home, and with constant love and care of his daughter, he fought courageously against an unexpected illness for this last year.
He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Annette A. Clark, whom he was married to for 53 years and whom he missed tremendously. He is survived by his three children, Karen M. (Clark) Smith of Grafton, Shaun Clark and his wife, Bobbie-Sue of York, SC, and Jeremy A. Clark and his wife Jessica, of Plainfield, CT.
Harold is also survived by six grandchildren whom he loved and adored; Keith A. Wasiuk and his companion Sydney Charron, of KIllingly, CT, Matthew H. Clark of Worcester,MA, Nicole L. Batchelder of Richburg, SC, Haylee E. Clark of York, SC, Victoria A. Clark of Plainfield, CT, Veronica E. Clark of Plainfield, CT. He also leaves behind seven beloved great-grandchildren, Katrina N. Richards of Richburg, SC, Lilly Clark of PA, Logan Clark of Worcester, MA, Benjamin Clark of York, SC, Lukas Taylor of York, SC, Kamie Clark of York, SC, and Dawson Vie of York, SC. He is also survived by two sisters, Debbie Girotti and her husband Doug Girotti of Sedro Wooley, WA, and Cindy Lopez and companion Michael of Buena, CA, 4 step granddaughters Adisen, Hadlie, Kinley and Taetum, and two generations of nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by two sisters Carolyn Shugrue and Patricia Roder and one brother, Wayne Clark.
Harold was born August 28, 1938 in Worcester, MA, son of the late Gertrude (Doerr) Braio. He graduated from Grafton Memorial High School and also graduated from Clark University in Worcester, with a degree in Draftsmanship.
He was a proud veteran serving his country in the United States Air Force from 1956-1960 serving as a Mechanic.
For 35 years, he worked for Wyman Gordon in Grafton, MA as a Draftsman and a Lead Foreman in the Forge Department before retiring in 1999. He loved his work where he was well liked, enjoying and having many lasting relationships with fellow employees. He was a tremendously diligent and hard worker.
Harold dearly loved his wife Annette, being married to her in April 1958 before settling in Grafton where they raised their three children. He was devoted as a loving husband and father and his world revolved around them and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a heart of gold providing endlessly for them and he will be remembered always as a kind, caring and giving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, always ready to help and give to them when in need.
Harold loved music and was a very talented accordion player who played professionally in his younger days. Often one could find him in his music room playing late into the night. He loved sports, gardening, fishing and tinkering in his workshop. To those who knew and loved him, he was a hero.
We would like to give thanks to all of the healthcare workers who devoted themselves tirelessly to the assistance of his care and comfort. We give special thanks to Fr. Derrick Mobilio, Dr. Newstein, his grandson Keith, Margarita, Emily, Danielle, Rhoda, Amy, Liz and to the dear personal friends that were there and made such a difference to both Harold and his daughter Karen in a time of great need.
All are welcome to gather with Harold’s family and friends Wednesday January 3rd from 10am-12pm at Roney Funeral Home 152 Worcester St. N. Grafton, MA 01536 followed by a prayer service at 12pm in the funeral home. He will then be laid to rest at St. Phillip’s Cemetery in Grafton.