04 Jan Clark’s Founder, Richard “Dick” Wright Clark, Passes at 86
It is with a sad heart that we share the news of our founder, Richard “Dick” Wright Clark’s passing at the age of 86.
Dick had a prosperous career and life, surrounded by family, friends, colleagues and celebrated numerous achievements and successes, both personally and professionally. For all of us at Clark, his legacy includes joining Woodworth & Clark in 1961, then a two-person independent insurance agency based in Portland, ME. It includes becoming President of then named Clark Associates, and in 1992 leading the team that started our agency’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan, which now owns 100% of Clark Insurance.
Dick’s involvement with the agency did not end upon his retirement in 2003, he stayed in touch on a regular basis and maintained a keen interest in the well-being of the company that bears his name. On the foundation that Dick provided, we continue to grow, now one of the largest independent insurance agencies in New England, with over 120 employees.
While Dick’s career in the Insurance Industry was celebrated and continues to impact us to this day, it was his devotion and commitment to his colleagues, customers, family, and community that we remember so clearly. A few of many examples include being President of the Professional Insurance Agents of Maine, serving on the Board of Directors of Professional Insurance Agents of New England and Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC), being the very first chairman of the Windham Comprehensive Plan committee, and a trustee of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce as well as the Windham Public Library and many more.
Our prayers, condolences, and well wishes go out to his family – to his wife Julie Clark, his children who spent years with us at Clark, Christine Clark Williams & Kenyon Clark, and to Christine’s husband John, Ken’s wife Eileen, and Dick’s four grandchildren, Madeline and Jackson Williams and Ashley and Morgan Clark.
To read Dick’s obituary in the paper, click here: https://www.pressherald.com/2021/01/03/obituaryrichard-dick-wright-clark/