COPENHAGEN, NY — Bruce Elon Clarke, 60, of State Route 12, Copenhagen, died on May 12, 2019, at the University Hospital in Syracuse after a short battle with cancer.
Born Dec. 16, 1958, in Watertown, NY, a son of the late Terry and Jean Bestor Clarke, he attended school at Copenhagen Central School.
Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage, NY. A unified fire service memorial will occur at 7:45 p.m. Thursday for area fire police and fire department units, with Chaplain Samuel P. Lundy, Jefferson Car 52, officiating. All departments are most welcome to attend.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2019, at the United Church of Copenhagen with the Reverend Earl LaLone, and The Reverend Lawrence Duthie, co- officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Copenhagen.
Bruce is survived by several siblings: Debbie (George) Cato, Chicago; David Clarke, Houston, TX; Dale (Helen) Clarke, Copenhagen; James (Mary) Clarke, California; Kenneth (Sue) Clarke, Copenhagen; Dianne (Gary) Weaver, Gouverneur; Brenda (Warren) Shelmidine, Lorraine; Many Nieces and Nephews, James Clarke Jr., Christopher Clarke, Kimberly Clarke, Matthew D’ Accursio, Michael D. Accursio, Amber Clarke, Kyle Clarke, Morgan Clarke, Ryan Devendorf, Christopher Weaver, Nicole Covell, Phillip Clarke, Travis Clarke, Sarah Shelmidine, Marcus Shelmidine; and Great-Nephews, Grayson Covell, Elijah Gregorio; Adrian Salerno; Great-Niece, Zoey Clarke; many cousins, aunts, and uncles. Also the Copenhagen Fire Department family and community.
Bruce was an inspiration to many. He was courageous, ambitious, brave, kind hearted, persistent, humble, quick-witted, he would do anything for anyone. While farming in 1975, Bruce suffered an accident that left him disabled. He didn’t let that get in his way. Copenhagen was his community, he never ventured far away and he was always around doing something for someone at all hours of the day or night. He would be seen at the Copenhagen Fire Department, Stewarts in the early morning, visiting the post office and the diner and helped with Meals on Wheels program at the United Church. He enjoyed mowing lawns and plowing snow.
He was very frail at the end, but without even knowing it he inspired all with the importance of family and life. Our hearts and lives will never be the same without him. We take comfort in knowing that he is reunited with our parents. Till we meet again Bruce.
Donations in his memory can be made to United Church of Copenhagen Memorial Fund (earmarked for anything needed in the kitchen and/or dining areas for support of the Meals on Wheels program, a cause Bruce has helped out with for 40 years that meant a lot to him and his parents.), P.O. Box 238, Copenhagen, NY 13626 or the Copenhagen Fire Department, P.O. Box 364 Copenhagen, NY 13626.
Online condolences in his memory can be made to www.lundyfuneralhome.com.