Patrick was born in Orange, NJ, on December 24, 1938, to the late Helen Clarke (née Tierney) of Renfrew, Scotland, and Bernard Clarke of Virginia, Ireland.
Patrick is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Anne Patricia (née Jeannotte). They recently celebrated 58 years of marriage. They were known over the years as Pat and Pat or, more recently, Mr. Pat and Mrs. Pat. Together they had four beloved children, Maureen Clarke (Kevin Kaminski) of South Hamilton, MA; Kevin Clarke (Karl Soehnlein) of San Francisco, CA; Sheila Clarke of Easton, PA; and Ryan Clarke (Amanda Clarke, née Pedone) of Pocono Lake, PA. Patrick is also survived by his beloved grandchildren Brian, Patrick and Zella Clarke and his beloved great-grandson, Kaleb Clarke. He is also survived by his loving sister, Elizabeth M. Clauberg of Verona, NJ. He was predeceased by his three brothers, Philip (Joan) of Clark, NJ; Brian of Holgate, NJ; and George (Kathleen) of Stone Ridge, NY. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Cheryl Clarke, who was the wife of Brian, and 11 nieces and nephews and their children.
After graduating from Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, NJ, Patrick worked for the Town of Bloomfield and then the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. He served from 1962 to 1964 in the United States Army and was trained as a helicopter mechanic at Fort Benning, GA. Upon discharge, he returned to the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. In 1967, he began a 29-year career as a foreman at Hoffmann-La Roche Pharmaceuticals in Nutley, NJ. This led him to relocate to Forks Township in 1972, when Roche built what was then the world's largest Vitamin C plant, in Belvidere, NJ. In 1996, he retired from Roche.
Patrick was a devoted member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Easton (formerly St. Bernard's) since 1972, serving as a lector and choir member. For 17 years, Pat and Pat served on the Allentown Diocese's Marriage Preparation team, sharing with engaged couples the importance of spirituality in marriage. He participated in many other Church programs over the years, including Cursillo and the Catholic charismatic renewal, and belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 345. He retained a lifelong passion for the railroad, pride for his Irish and Scottish heritage and compassion for others. Over the years, he tried to live the Christian message, which came from his love for His Savior Jesus Christ.
Due to pandemic restrictions, a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at a later date at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 132 South 5th Street, Easton, PA, 18042. Interment will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery in Easton, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Patrick's memory to Our Lady of Mercy Parish at the above address.