Clark "Brud" Easterly Sr., 87, of Johnstown, N.Y., passed away on March 19, 2013, at the Wells House Nursing Home following a long illness.
He was born March 7, 1926, in Gloversville, N.Y., the son of G. Clark and Jane Peck Easterly. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Eleanor Rice of Binghamton and Jane Ann Blackmon of Johnstown.
Clark attended Gloversville High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 to be stationed on the Battleship U.S.S. Arkansas. During WWII, he participated in the European Theater as a convoy escort in the Northern Atlantic, the D-Day Invasion (Normandy) and the Invasion of Southern France.
His ship was then transferred to the Pacific to support the Invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, among other combat actions. While serving as a target spotter aboard his ship, he witnessed the Marines planting the flag of the United States on Iwo Jima.
After the war, he returned to the Glove Cities and was united in marriage with his childhood love, Virginia A. Briggs, on July 6, 1946. He then attended North Carolina State University and Utica College before returning to help in the family business. Clark began his career in textiles in 1948 and became president and CEO of the Johnstown Knitting Mill Inc. in 1961 upon the death of his father-in-law, Thomas R. Briggs.
During his career, he significantly expanded the size and scope of the business employing up to 500 people at its Montgomery Street main plant, Diana knitting Mill, Johnstown Arterial Plaza, Fort Plain Manufacturing locations and the New York City sales office in the Empire State Building before retiring in 1988.
His professional affiliations included serving on the board and as chair of the National Knitwear Manufacturers Association and numerous other boards.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of City National Bank, Bankers Trust Co., First American Bank and General Telephone Co. of upstate N.Y. He was active locally in civic affairs serving on the Vestry of St. John's Episcopal Church, as trustee of the Johnstown YMCA, for 20 years on the Board of Directors of the Johnstown Hospital, as a member of the Burroughs Nature Study Club, and as a member of St. Patrick's Masonic Lodge No. 4 F. & A.M.
Clark was committed to the Boy Scouts, first as a member of Troop 21, then as Scout Master of Troop 102, Sir William Johnson Council chairman and camping chairman. In 2003, he was awarded the Good Scout Award by the Sir William Johnson Council for exemplifying, in his daily life, the ideals of the Boy Scouts and for his commitment to community service and leadership. Clark's greatest joy and accomplishment was his large and tightly knit family, often commenting proudly to his wife Virginia, "We did this."
Clark and Virginia raised five children, fifteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. He was most happy when he was "tinkering" on projects with one of his grandchildren at his camp on Peck Lake. He was an avid skier at Royal Mountain up to the age of 80 and an avid golfer at Nick Stoner through last season.
He was a licensed pilot who enjoyed flying his Cessna 172 for over 30 years. He and Virginia traveled frequently especially after his retirement.
Clark and Virginia had the support and friendship of a large group of friends that you could usually find with them on Wednesday night at Partners Pub, Friday night at the Holiday Inn or, perhaps another night at Sam's or Dick and Peg's Northward Inn.
Clark is survived by: his wife of 67 years, Virginia; their children, Thomas B. Easterly (Sally) of Albany, N.Y., Joan E. Ireland (Robert), Clark Easterly Jr. (Jeanne), Dorsey E. Krempa (Martin), and William B. Easterly (Terri); grandchildren, Sarah D. Easterly of New York City, Mary Virginia Steenburgh (Joshua) of Pike, N.H., Thomas B. Easterly Jr., James S. Ireland (Kim) of Burnt Hills, Steven B. Ireland (Jae) of Farmington, William S. Ireland (Suzanna) of Boone, N.C., Elizabeth I. Pearsall (Brian) of Delmar, Megan E. Sandel (Christian) of Gloversville, Susannah Clark Easterly (Betsy Subik) of Gloversville, Emily E. Slingerland (Tucker) of Glens Falls, Dane C. Easterly of Friday Harbor, Wash., Jeffrey M. Krempa (Christine) of Johnstown, Melissa K. Mariano (Thomas) of Lancaster, Pa., Matthew B. Easterly of Albany and Ashley C. Easterly (Nathan Halter) of Kansas City, Mo. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Cecelia and Anna Steenburgh, Mary Virginia and Anne Ireland, Oriana, Amalia, and Brody Ireland, Micah and Owen Clark Ireland, Jill, Samantha and Tanner Sandel, Forrest and Sylvia Slingerland, and Benjamin, Cole and Carolina Krempa.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ehle Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, at St. John's Episcopal Church.
Interment will be in Johnstown Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church or the Wells House Nursing Home.