On July 1st, the news of losing a brother, a confidant, a friend, Community Activist, and Eldest Statesman of Publisher’s family reached far and near to family members who were gathering for a Family Reunion in Miami, Fl. When the news broke, the spirit of family members broke ushering in an unusual grief that tore into the hearts of family. At a time of benevolence, anxiety as well as disbelief, shattered the unity of a family who has been blessed to experience strength among its siblings of 10 without any losses until now.
Superintendent Cornelius “Neal” Clark of Cohoes, N. Y. shared his life with not only his immediate family but his Church family Holy Serenity C. O. G. I. C. in Troy, N. Y. and the communities of Cohoes, Troy, and Schenectady, at which he so graciously served for many years. When the news broke of his death, local and State of New York officials expressed their grief and expressions of losing a devout Leader who served on many relevant Boards, Commissions, Committees, and local affiliations directly impacting the lives of families in these communities. Pastor Clark was known as “ the man who didn’t mind getting his hands dirty”. One such citizen spoke affectionately of our brother stating that he was a special kind of man to the people. The Union News also reported that “a great man has been lost in their community”.
Former F. B. I. Director James Comey awarded Pastor Clark with the Social Justice Leadership Award in the State Of New York for his diligence and commitment to dealing with and passionately providing leadership to the people of New York. He leaves to mourn his passing, wife, Dr. Carolyn Tyson Clark, 5 children, and nine siblings, Marion, Bishop Marjorie, Jerome, Yvette, Danita, Llewelyn, Cassandra, Michael, and Lagretta.
The family requests continuing prayers for the comfort and strength needed during this difficult time. We feel the missing link in our chain.