John Patrick Clark, 83

John Patrick Clark, 83, passed away June 6, 2018, surrounded with the love of Donna, his wife of 58 years; his daughter Erin (Edward) Irwin; sons, Sean, Patrick (Denise) and Michael; grandchildren Matthew (Elise) Shay, Daniel (Sarah) Shay, Sarah Shay, Sam Shay, Anna Shay, Maggie Clark, Molly Clark, Norah Clark, Taylor Clark, Lauren Clark, Aidan and Anthony Clark, Julia and Nick Pecora; and four great-grandchildren Liam, Louise, Ida Shay and Finley Kaiser-Shay.

He was born in Chicago to James Clark and Sarah Walsh Clark March 13, 1935, and was preceded in death by siblings Margaret (John) Zurawski, Sally Crosby, Patricia (Donald ) Bryers and James (Flo).

He attended DePaul Academy, Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and DePaul University in Chicago.

He served in the United States Army in Korea as a crypto operator. While in Korea along with two other GI’s he started an orphanage for Korean children, helping to make them self-sufficient raising chickens.

After returning from Korea he started his career with Wilson-Jones Co. in Chicago as a salesman, later becoming president and chief executive officer. When the company was sold, he was moved to New York to become a vice president of American Brands. His desire to return to Chicago led him to purchase, along with partners, Joanna Western Mills later to become ICG (Industrial Coatings Group) where he served as president and chief executive officer.

After his retirement in 1986, the family moved to their homes in Douglas, Mich., and Longboat Key, Fla.

After having been a participant in a clinical trial for a year at the University of Chicago, John lost his battle with Progressive Nuclear Palsy.

His remains were cremated and a celebration of his life will be July 4 at his home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Mercy Home for Children,  1140 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, Ill. 60607 or Cure Progressive Nuclear Palsy, 1206 York Rd. Suite L-4, Lutherville, Md. 21093.

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