Passing of Ted Clarke

Ted ClarkeIt is with great sadness that we note the passing of Club member and past president, Ted Clarke. Ted passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017.

Ted, and his wife Mary, have been long-time members of the Club, and both have been prodigious in their many volunteer contributions to the sport, both here at the Club and with U.S. Figure Skating. Ted served three terms as Vice President of U.S. Figure Skating, and significantly, was president of the Club from 1994 -1997. He was the catalyst for bringing the 2001 U.S. Championships to Boston for the first time in almost 40 years, and also served as its chairman. Ted was also a former champion skater, and was active in judging and in many areas of the administration of figure skating. He judged the U.S. Figure Skating Championships six times, selecting members of the U.S. Olympic team for three of those times, and was Team Leader of the U.S. Team at Skate America in 2002.

As president of the Club, Ted was also instrumental in first conceiving of the Club developing a new, multi-rink facility for its home, and he outlined the first sketches for the design on a dinner napkin. Much has changed since that early concept, but great credit is due to Ted for his vision in first articulating the need for a larger and better equipped facility. He and his wife Mary were also editors of the skating publication Tracings for 25 years, an important publication of its time at both the local and national level. To both Ted and Mary’s great credit, Tracings was the longest-running privately published skating publication in the world. And quite significantly, Ted and Mary founded the Boston Open competition, a New England skating institution since its inception in the late 70s.

Ted was also a historian and prolific writer of local travel and history books, authoring more than 21 publications during his life. More information can be found about Ted’s legacy and his many achievements here.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited by Ted’s family to attend the Memorial Mass on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM in St. Jerome Church, Weymouth. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ted may be made to St. Jerome Parish, 632 Bridge Street, Weymouth, MA 02191.

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