James Clarke, 59, worked in radio
James M. Clarke, 59, of Danbury, died unexpectedly Oct. 17 at his home.
Mr. Clarke was born April 10, 1953, in Danbury, a son of the late William and Patricia (O'Connor) Clarke.
He attended Danbury schools and graduated from Henry Abbott Technical School in 1971, from which he became a licensed electrician in 1976.
Mr. Clarke's true passion in life began in 1977 while attending Western Connecticut State University; he became disc jockey at the school's radio station, WXCI, and because of his talents, unanimously was voted a lifetime member.
His professional career started immediately after, working at local radio station I-95, where he had various working shifts, from a popular morning show where he was known as "Commander Clarke" to a very successful late-night show, "Clarke after Dark."
Mr. Clarke loved to listen to music and play it, eventually becoming an accomplished guitar player himself.
He was known for his love of the Beatles and was ready to discuss his knowledge of their music and their lives at any time, and played their songs whenever and wherever he could.
Besides the Beatles, Mr. Clarke also loved sports, whether watching the New York Yankees and Giants, or playing softball and basketball with family and friends.
Mr. Clarke was always ready with his hugs, firm handshakes and never-ending humor. He loved to make people laugh whenever he could.
Mr. Clarke is survived by two children, Jimmy and Kelly; his former wife, Patti Johnson, of Middlebury; four siblings, Judy Ginty, and her husband, Tom, of Danbury; Nancy Bell, and her husband, Jim, of Florida; Dan Clarke, and his wife, Carol, of Brookfield; and Billy Clarke, and his wife, Irene, of New Milford; and several nieces and nephews and many close friends from WXCI and I-95 radio stations.
The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home in Danbury was in charge of arrangements.