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Former Supervisor Matthew Clark Jr. dies at 85

—  The former head of the Essex County Board of Supervisors died this past week.

Matthew B. Clark Jr., 85, died on Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, at his home in Lake Placid. Clark served the town of North Elba as the town clerk from 1954 until 1981, when he ran and won election to the position of town supervisor.

Clark was the Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors from 1990 to 1991.

According to his obituary, Clark was one of the figures in the negotiation of the contract between the town and the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which resulted in the U.S. Olympic Training Center site in Lake Placid.

Clark was born Dec. 21, 1926, in Lake Placid, the son of Matthew Benjamin and Beatrice Maude (Lengfeld) Clark. He was married to Janet Carol Jacques on Jan. 1, 1956 in Lake Placid.

He was a 1946 graduate of Lake Placid Central School and from the American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Research Inc. in New York City. A bobsledding accident claimed one of his legs but did not stop him from being involved in area sports.

Clark served as president of the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service and the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He assisted with the North Elba Community Christmas Fund and helped to organize the Literacy Volunteers and was a member and trustee of the Elks Club for 57 years.

He was honored with Liberty Bell Award from the Essex County Bar Association in 1978, the MacDougal Award for long and devoted service in 1999, along with induction to the Lake Placid Hall of Fame in 1991.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 107, Lake Placid, N.Y. 12946; North Elba Christmas Fund, c/o Denise Fredericks, Town Hall, 2693 Main St., Lake Placid, N.Y. 12946; or High Peaks Hospice, 19 Church St., Saranac Lake, N.Y. 12983.

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