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Ralph A. Clark


Ralph Anson Clark, Jr age 87 of Pequannock passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 while receiving the loving care of his family.

Ralph was born and raised in Galveston, TX. He graduated from Ball High School and attended college at Texas A&M and the University of Texas in Houston. Ralph’s higher education was cut a little short when he was called to serve his country in the United States Air Force from 1951 until 1954.

During his time in the Air Force he took leave in Miami and met a young lady by the name of Janet. They communicated through letter and after Ralph’s service ended they started dating. Janet and Ralph married in May of 1956. They first moved to Kearney, NJ for a very short time and then settled in Pequannock. Ralph would call Pequannock his home the rest of his life and raised his two daughter there. Ralph cherished twenty-four years of his marriage with Janet until her passing in 1980.

Although Ralph was heartbroken, he found and fell in love again with a woman named Doris Hart whom he had known and worked with for many years. After a wonderful and romantic courtship they were married in November of 1981 in Wyckoff at Grace United Methodist Church. Doris and Ralph stayed in Pequannock and cherished thirty-six years of loving and loyal marriage. They enjoyed traveling together and took a special and memorable trip to Europe recently.

Following Ralph’s discharge from the US Air Force, Ralph got a job as a cost Estimator for Singer Kearfott in West Paterson. He held this position for over thirty-five years until he was forced into an early retirement in 1988. Ralph was volunteer fireman for the Pequannock Township Fire Company #2. He enjoyed socializing with the guys there and the camaraderie that came with it. Ralph was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Pompton Lakes and the VFW in Pequannock. He was also a parishioner of St Timothy’s Church in Wayne many years ago.

Ralph enjoyed bowling and spending time with his friends and neighbors. He was a huge college football fan as well as a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Aside from all of his interests and talents, nothing was more precious to Ralph than his family. He was dedicated husband, a devoted father and a loving and cherished grandfather. Ralph touched the lives of many people and a will be sincerely missed by all who knew him.

Ralph is survived by his wife Doris (nee Hart), two daughters; Elaine Trama and her husband Joel of Clifton and Corrine Vara and her husband Anthony of New Hampton, NY, five grandchildren; Marc, Jocelyn, Julie, Jared, and Anthony Bryan, he was predeceased by his first wife Janet Clark in 1980.

Friends may visit with the family from 2-6PM on Sunday March 19, 2017 at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne NJ 07470. A funeral service will be held on Monday March 20 at 10:30AM at the funeral home.

Interment will be in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

Those wishing to make a donation in Ralph’s name may make it to the charity of their choice.

Guest Book


Joel I am so sorry to hear of your sad news. These things are always difficult. It is part of the human condition, something we all must endure. Know that you are missed and cared for by your Orchard family. Drew

Drew Kreismer


Joel: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please pass my condolences to your family. We miss seeing your smiling face first thing in the morning. Karen

Karen Coates


My condolences to the Vara family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

Stephanie Benzaia


Dad,You're the BEST! We LOVE YOU! Anthony,Corrine,Jocelyn,Julie,& Bryan



I love you forever and always, grandpa! You will always be the truest gentleman I've ever known. I will keep you in my heart and on my mind forever. <3



You will always be missed, and always remembered. You were and still are a fantastic grandfather. We will always love you



Dad you will always be missed and LOVED, and are a GREAT father Love Elaine, Joel, Marc, Jared



you will always be my special friend



My condolences to the entire family, Ralph was a kind and generous man and will never be forgotten.

Ken Vara


Sorry to hear the news, of the passing of our brother Ralph. Always a pleasure speaking with him at the firehouse. We will take it from here my friend. RIP.. Your brothers from Packanack lake fire co 5 ...

John hughes


Ralph I will miss you dearly, you were like a second father to me



Corrine, your dad was a very special man who we all loved dearly. We will miss his big smile and gentle ways. He will live in all our hearts. I am so honored to have known him. God Bless!

Donna Lutka


Ralph, Even though I'm a Co. # 1 girl, you were always so respectful and kind. I will miss your Smile and words of wisdom at the meetings. Rip my brother and thank you for your Service not only to this town but to our country. You will be missed Pequannock Engine Co. # 1.

Colleen Saar

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