MIDDLEBURY — Clarke Richard Stocker, 90, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019, at his home, with his son by his side. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Doris (Mitchell) Stocker.
Mr. Stocker was born and raised in Waterbury, the son of the late Charles and Mildred (Clarke) Stocker. He was educated at Cheshire Academy and proudly served our country in the U.S. Army after World War II. Upon his return, he joined Stocker Typewriter Service, the family business.
Throughout his career, Clarke, a respected businessman, frequented offices throughout the Greater Waterbury area, creating lasting relationships with his integrity and honesty. In his retirement, he joined the Alderson-Ford Funeral Homes, Inc., where he worked as a funeral director’s assistant, allowing him to maintain those relationships he formed throughout his career.
At a very young age, Clarke battled and conquered polio. As his affliction occurred during the dawn of the commercial air travel industry, Clarke took an avid interest in airplanes, reading every book available and building countless airplane models during his recovery. This became a lifelong passion. Almost to the end, Clarke could spot an airplane in flight high overhead and identify the type of aircraft it was; at times telling the aircraft by the engine sound.
He held a Masonic affiliation as a member of Liberty—Continental Blue Lodge and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. In his retirement he enjoyed wintering with his wife in Delray Beach, Fla.
He had a firm handshake and strong convictions; he even had a stamp made with his motto: “Integrity-Honesty-Common Sense,” which he shared with everyone he knew. Later, he became fond of saying “Common sense is not so common.”
He leaves his daughter, Shirley Mitchell (Michael) of Charlotte, N.C.; his two sons, Douglas Stocker (Vera) of Alpine, Calif., and Richard Stocker (Jayne) of Burlington; and seven loving grandchildren, Emily, Bradley, Amanda, Sabrina, Jack, Andrew and Ryan, who were the joy of his life.
A funeral service in celebration of Mr. Stocker’s life took place June 10 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Tucker Hill Road and Route 188 in Middlebury. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Naugatuck.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Stocker’s memory may be made to St. George’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 162, Middlebury 06762.
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