September 4, 2017

Veteran

Theodore G. “Ted” Clarke

Theodore G. “Ted”Clarke, of North Weymouth, died September 4, 2017.

Beloved husband of Mary L. (Caron) Clarke of Weymouth. Devoted father of Philip D’Entremont and his wife Jaime of Longmeadow. Cherished grandfather of Alecia and Nathan D’Entremont of CT and Miles D’Entremont of Longmeadow. Loving brother of Ruth Ford of Texas, Dana H. Clarke, MD. of Salt Lake City and many nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Clarence George Clarke, a noted historian and writer, and of Blanche Una (Colpitts) Clarke.

Mr. Clarke volunteered in many areas. He served three terms as Vice President of U.S. Figure Skating, served as Chairman of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships held in Boston for the first time in 39 years in January 2001, was President of The Skating Club of Boston 1994-97 and was author of 21 books. He and Mary Clarke were editors of the skating publication “Tracings” for 25 years. It was the longest-running privately published skating publication in the world.

Clarke was a former champion skater and was active in judging and in many areas of the administration of figure skating. He judged the U.S. Figure Skating Championships six times, selecting members of the U.S. Olympic team three of those times, and was Team Leader of the U.S. Team at Skate America in 2002.

Clarke held a Bachelor’s and three Master’s Degrees in Education, Administration and Library/Information Science, the most recent in 1990. He taught in the Boston Public Schools from 1962-69 and started the first elementary school library in that city. From 1969-1994 he was a teacher, media specialist and acting principal in Quincy where he wrote a curriculum for library media centers, published a book on inventors and automated the cataloguing and circulation systems for five schools.

While in Quincy he began and served as emcee for the televised “School Literature Contest”. After retiring in 1994, he returned to teaching part time at St. Jerome’s School in Weymouth, and revised the program at that school while changing the literature contest to the “Library Trivia Contest.” He enjoyed public speaking and was ofien called upon by non—profit groups.

“Ted” Clarke was also a historian. He was a member of the Weymouth Historical Society, Chairman of the Weymouth Historical Commission and wrote and appeared in five television programs about Weymouth’s history. In 2005 he wrote “Weymouth History” which was published by the Weymouth Historical Society. He also wrote a weekly column for the Weymouth News about the town’s people, history and significant places.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Saturday, September 16th at 10:30 AM in St. Jerome Church, Weymouth.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ted may be made to St. Jerome Parish, 632 Bridge Street, Weymouth, MA 02191.