Born in Newport on April 2, 1961, he is the son of Jane (Sullivan) Clarke of Newport and the late William Clarke Sr.
William grew up in Newport and graduated from Rogers High School and Johnson & Wales University with honors. He served in the USMC for several years then returned to his passion for cooking. He was a well-respected chef and over the course of his career worked at the Turks Head Club, Salve Regina University, 501 Park Ave and Graziano’s in Portsmouth. In his free time he enjoyed volunteering for and marching in various parades throughout Rhode Island, often in costumes like the Cookie Monster to entertain the children.
He is survived by his mother, Jane S. Clarke of Portsmouth; his children, William Clarke and Rachel Clarke, both of Rumford; his siblings, Stephen Clarke (Jeannette) of Tiverton, Stephanie St. Laurent (David) of Portsmouth, and Joan Viveiros of Rhode Island, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, July 14 from 4-7 p.m. in the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport. His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 15 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Trinity Cemetery, East Main Road, Portsmouth.
Donations may be made in his memory to Portsmouth Rescue Wagon Fund, P.O. Box 806, Portsmouth, RI 02871.
Additional information available at www.memorialfuneralhome.com