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John Clarke

John Clarke

Tuesday, February 5th, 1935 Thursday, June 13th, 2019

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Obituary for John ""Buddy"" Clarke

John “Buddy” Clarke, 84, of Wall, NJ, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at his home with his family by his side.
Buddy was born and raised in the Bronx. He married Peggy Barry and raised five children. They lived in the Bronx, Sayreville, NJ, and Wall, NJ. Buddy loved traveling with his beautiful bride, sports of any kind but especially anything played by his children, grandchildren and the children of anyone he knew, running marathons, the Spring Lake boardwalk, and winters in Jupiter, FL.
Buddy graduated from Power Memorial High School in Manhattan and served in the Korean War. Buddy was a Special Agent in the Criminal Investigation Division of the US Department of the Treasury, IRS, and upon retiring in 1989, continued his criminal investigation career at the NYC School Construction Authority and the Port Authority of NY/NJ. Buddy was a man of strong Catholic faith, and a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Buddy was predeceased by his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Clarke, his parents, John and Catherine Clarke, his grandson, James John Clarke, and his sisters, Ann and Marcelia. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Sean and Mary Clarke of Brick, NJ, Eileen Clarke of New York, NY, Kieran and Edie Clarke of Darien, CT, Kate Clarke of Greenwich, CT, and Denis and Jennifer Clarke of Maplewood, NJ. Buddy is survived by his grandchildren, Sean Clarke, Jr., and his wife Kristen, Michael and Michelle Ressalei, and Emily, Jack, Andrew, Tyler, Eleanor and Cecelia Clarke. Buddy is also survived by his twin sister, Katherine MacGregor of Wall, NJ, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Buddy was forever generous and loved celebrating life’s big and little moments. Buddy coached little league baseball and pop warner football teams. He helped, led and advocated for others on recreational and community boards, including the Sayreville Bomber Touchdown Football Club (founder and president), the Frog Hollow Swim & Tennis Club, his townhouse community, Allaire Manor, and most recently at Sunnyside Manor. He was passionately opinionated and let you know it. Buddy loved telling stories, laughing and making you laugh.
Visitation will take place at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35, at New Bedford Rd., Wall, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Catharine’s Church, Spring Lake, on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 10:30 am, followed by entombment at St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Wall. Donations may be made in Buddy’s memory to Hope For The Warriors® https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ
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    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 | 10:30am
    St. Catharine's Church
    215 Essex Avenue
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    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
  • Interment

    St. Catharine's Cemetery & Mausoleum
    1100 West Chicago Blvd.
    Wall Twp., NJ
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Kevin and Cathy Ford, Love, Donna Ambrose Beford & Lee Beford, and others have sent flowers to the family of John ""Buddy"" Clarke.
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Kevin and Cathy Ford, Love, Donna Ambrose Beford & Lee Beford, and others have sent flowers to the family of John ""Buddy"" Clarke.
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Robert J Louden, PhD

I was fortunate work with Buddy at John Jay College Criminal Justice Center where he presented excellent training programs on investigation, fraud and white collar crime. Always the consummate professional, he was always one of the most personable and engaging individuals that I had the privilege to interact with. RIP, Bob Louden (NYPD retired)
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Patrick Barnicle

Uncle Buddy was an inspiration to me throughout my life. I am sure that everyone who came in contact with him felt the same way.

Uncle Buddy also had the unique ability to lift everyone's mood - I am confident that one of Uncle Buddy's goal was to leave something better than when he found it and he did that for me. I am grateful for all of his advice throughout the years.

Uncle Buddy's spirit carries on with his amazing family members.

Uncle Buddy will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life.
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Patrick Barnicle

In memory of Uncle Buddy!

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Kevin and Cathy Ford

Buddy was the perfect nickname for a man who made everyone he worked with feel that he was their friend. He was also a great agent -
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Kevin and Cathy Ford purchased flowers for the family of John Clarke.
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Love, Donna Ambrose Beford & Lee Beford

Wish we could be there to say goodbye to a great man your Dad. Praying you all have peace and comfort while you celebrate his amazing life!
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