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Robert "Hair Bear" Clark
November 14, 1949 ~ May 13, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Robert “Hair Bear” Clark, a loving husband, devoted father, and cherished grandfather, peacefully passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 13th. He was a man of integrity, warmth, and unwavering love, leaving behind a legacy that will be forever treasured.
Born on November 14, 1949, to loving parents, Edward and Goldie Clark, Robert was preceded in death by his dear parents, as well as his beloved siblings George Clark, Jerry (Rick) Clark, Joann Reynolds, and Mary Heller. Their memories will always hold a special place in the hearts of those who knew them.
Robert is survived by his dedicated wife of thirty years, Linda Sharpe-Clark, who stood by his side through thick and thin, providing endless love and support. His son Ed (Tammy) Clark, brother Jack Clark of Camden, twin brother Richard Clark of Adrian, and sister Patsy (Lyle) Kowitz of Camden were his pillars of strength throughout his life's journey.
Robert leaves behind a lasting impact on his children: Kelly Heller, Khristy (Quentin) Rogers, Kimberlee (Corey) Peterson, Travis (Joy) Carpenter, and Tyson Carpenter. Their lives were enriched by his guidance, wisdom, and unconditional love.
Robert's memory will forever shine through his beloved grandchildren: Samantha (Jared), Jeremy (Kelsey), Justin (Bree), Michelle, Matthew, Kegan, Garrett, Kyleigh, Brianna, Alexandra, Caylin, Caiden, Sydney, Six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. His love for them knew no bounds. His presence will forever be felt in their hearts.
Robert was a veteran of the United States Army. He was the owner of Bear’s Auto Glass and Broken Glass and a retiree from Hillsdale Tool. The job that he loved the most in his life was as Santa Claus at which he touched the lives and made believers out of thousands of children and adults around the world. He would always take the time to speak with them, even when not in his Santa clothes.
Robert also devoted several years of his life to the Special Olympics, acting as a chaperone and Santa for them whenever he was needed.
A Memorial and Celebration of Life to honor Hair Bear Clark's remarkable journey will be held at the Montgomery American Legion on Saturday, June 24th, 2023, at 1 pm. Family, friends and all whose lives were touched by Hair Bear are invited to join together to celebrate the joy, love, and cherished memories he shared with each and every one of us.
Let us hold dear the legacy of a remarkable man who brought love, joy, and laughter into the lives of those he encountered.