Richard G. (Dick) Clark

Dick ClarkBorn and raised in Canastota, Richard (Dick) Clark, Class of 1946, has been a well-respected member of the Canastota community for many years. The son of Guy and Marguerite Clark, he and his brother, Don, attended Canastota Central Schools where Dick was active in sports and band. Dick attended Cornell University where he graduated as an electrical engineer. He is honored in Cornell’s Hall of Fame for wrestling and football.

Dick entered the Air Force after college as a second lieutenant and his brother, Don, did the same in the Army. They both returned from stints in the Armed Services and worked for their father. They became partners in a new business venture called Clark’s Service Station. The Clarks soon became significant supporters of new ventures in the gas station business; they supplied equipment and inventory for new stations and began to supply homes and farms with heating oil and motor fuels courtesy of Clark’s Petroleum, as it was called. A joint venture with Nice and Easy’s John McDougall, brought even more local involvement and business expansion to Clark’s Petroleum along with McDougall.

Always community minded, the Clark Brothers knew that an Industrial Park would be aClark Graduation significant addition to the income of the area and were staunch supporters of the plan to develop the Canastota Air Strip as an industrial area, raising the land values and bringing in industry like Owl Wire and Cable to the area along with jobs. As a community member, Dick was an active participant in Canastota’s organizations. Dick served 14 years on the Canastota Board of Education, was a member of the Civic Club and Lions Club, where he served as president from 1961-1963. Dick was also a member of the Canastota Canal Town Corporation, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canastota Chamber of Commerce. To show their appreciation to the people of Canastota, the Clark family donated the beautiful land which is now known as Clark Park. The family wanted to express how important the community had been and would continue to be with this everlasting gift.

The year 1976 brought big changes for Dick and his family as they moved to Cazenovia. His business base, however, remained in Canastota. Dick continued his community involvements in Cazenovia, joining the Civic Club and the Rotary Club. He served on the Board of Cazenovia College and was an active volunteer at St. James Church. Dick retired from business after 40 years, along with his brother, Don. In his stretch of 40 years he was awarded with many honors that speak of his dedication, hard work, and generosity including:

• Empire State Petroleum Association: Board of Directors – (President and Vice President

• Chairman of the Task Force on Solid Waste Disposal

• Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business – Washington, DC

• Small Business Advocate – 1980

• Outstanding Leadership Award - The Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce

• Outstanding Contributions to Occupational Education in New York State

• Dedicated Service to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board

• Utica Mutual Insurance Company – Board of Directors

• Key Bank – Board of Directors