Charles R. Clark – 1957 – 2011 – rebuilt classic cars

Charles R. Clark – 1957 – 2011 – rebuilt classic cars

TORRINGTON — Charles Raymond Clark, 53, of Torrington, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011. Charlie was the beloved husband of Kim (Monahan) Clark for 34 years.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1957, to the late Charles T. Clark and Joyce (Judge) Clark of Torrington. He was very proud of his son, Troy C. Clark, and granddaughter, Savannah R. Clark of Torrington. Charlie graduated from Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in 1976 and earned a degree in computers and electronics from the Porter & Chester Institute in Watertown. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Torrington as well as on the Advisory Board Committee of the Industrial Management Training Institute in Waterbury.

In his recent years, Charlie spent many hours lovingly rebuilding a 1966 VW Beetle convertible for his wife, Kim, and overseeing the restoration of his pride and joy, a 1930 Chevy truck, into a Street Rod. Charlie not only loved cars but was also an avid fisherman, guitar player, fantastic grandfather, uncle and a great friend. He was renowned for his annual birthday fried dough and hot wings, featuring him as the chef. His smile, laugh and the twinkle in his eye will be missed by all who knew him.

Besides his loving wife, Kim, his son, Troy, and granddaughter, Savannah, he is survived by his brother, Albert Clark of Lacey, Wash.; sisters, Linda Virostek and husband, John, of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Tammy Blair and husband, Bill, of Shelton, Wash.; brothers-in-law, David Monahan and wife, Renee, of Meriden, Dan Monahan and wife, Chana, of Winchester, Matt Rudnyai and wife, Amy, of Torrington and Steven Rudnyai and wife, Dawn, of Massachusetts; and sisters-in-law, Kelly Nodine and husband, Calvin, of Norfolk, Megan Scanlon and husband, Sean, of Goshen and Laurie Filippini and husband, Tom, of Torrington. He also leaves behind his nephews, Doug, Wesley, Jeremy, Matt, Sean, Patrick, Aiden, William and Matt; his nieces, Heather, Lindsay, Amanda and Crystal; and step granddaughter, Sage Carver.

The family will receive family and friends on Wednesday, May 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Phalen Funeral Home, 285 Migeon Ave., Torrington. www.phalenfuneral.com

From The Waterbury Republican American