Vincent F. Clarke, Jr. passed unexpectedly and peacefully surrounded by loved ones the night of Tuesday, January 7, after a several-year-long battle with cancer.
Here to keep his generous spirit alive are his daughter Arianna – the light of his life – and loving wife Melanie as well as his mother Margaret Lydon Clarke, sister Maura Perier, brother-in-law Frank Perier Jr., nephew Frank, and nieces Jackie and Bridget.
He is remembered by his friends and family for his love of the Irish countryside, nature, and not just being well-read, but a voracious reader.
Happiest when outside enjoying nature or with a fishing rod in hand, Vincent was most proud of the time he spent as a devoted Papa and Uncle. If he could teach his daughter, one of his nieces, or his nephew anything about nature, kettle ponds, the stars in the heavens or the oceans and sea life he would spend hours or days researching and planning for it. Microscopes were given as tools of learning and engagement with the environment and water samples were taken liberally. Vincent had a true passion for the world that we live in and was a master at bringing his young charges along for the journey.
His teasing sense of humor and love of family were hallmarks of Vincent. His knowledge of nature’s animals and the environment was vast due to his thorough research on any topic he or his family became even remotely interested in.
As Son and Nephew, he was patient, dedicated and generous of time to his mother Margaret and his Aunt Patsy Lydon.
In memory of Vincent, contributions in his name may be sent to the Raptor Trust, care of the Development Office in Millington, or Friends of the Great Swamp, 32 Pleasant Plains Rd. Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.