Fred Edgecomb Clark

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Cote Funeral Home
87 James St
Saco, ME

SACO - Fred Edgecomb Clark, Colonel, United States Marine Corps (USMC), Ret. of Saco, died peacefully on Dec. 29, 2018 at the age of 90.

Fred is survived by his children, Charles Allan Clark (Debra) of Bluffton,S.C., Lynn Clark-Germain (Louis) of Orleans, Ontario, Fred E. Clark III (Lorraine) of The Villages, Fla., Ann Clark (Michael Cassidy) of Alexandria, Va.; and his siblings, Ellen Benodin of Montgomery, Texas and Richard Clark of Saco. He was preceded in death by his wife, Constance Clark of Biddeford, his brother Robert Clark of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Fred was born on March 10, 1928 in Biddeford to Fred and Doris (Tapley) Clark, a family with deep roots in the Saco area. He graduated early from Thornton Academy and immediately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1946 and served for two years. He returned to Saco, and in 1948 he met and married Constance (Connie) Lemire. Fred attended the University of Maine and received a BA in history and government. After college he received his commission as an officer in the USMC. Fred went on to serve 30 years in the USMC which covered more than 20 duty stations including Japan, Vietnam, Okinawa, Hawaii, California, North Carolina and Virginia. During his Marine career, he made time to hunt and fish but also golfed, played tennis, bowled, learned to scuba dive and became a private pilot. Through all their station locations Saco always remained home, so in 1979 after serving his country Fred and Connie returned. Initially upon their return they built a home on the Simpson Rd. then eventually moved to Fred's boyhood home on the Ferry Road.

Fred's retired life was full and busy with time for civic duty and pastimes he loved. He served as Mayor of the city of Saco from 1985 through 1986 and volunteered for many years in the Maine history room at the Dyer Library. He also served on the Saco and York county Republican committees, Thornton Academy Alumni Association and other local clubs and boards. He continued his education and received a second degree from the University of Southern Maine in political science. Mostly, he had the time to engage in his favorite activities: hunting and fishing and generally being outdoors.

Fred's family and friends will remember him as an honest, honorable and patient man who loved his family and his country. He had a very rich sense of humor which belied his imposing tough Marine demeanor. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather to 11 and great-grandfather to 11. He always took the time teach and share his knowledge and love of the outdoors, family traditions such as clam bakes, clam digging and blueberry picking, and local history with others. He will be very much missed by all who have had the privilege to know him.

A memorial service will held at a later date in Saco. The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Huntington Common and Beacon Hospice for their caring help and support. To view Fred's memorial page or leave an online condolence, please visit

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 8, 2019
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