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Robert P. Clark

March 8, 1948 — January 10, 2024

Mount Airy

Robert P. Clark, affectionately known as Bob, was a remarkable individual whose life was dedicated to public service and making a difference in the lives of others. He passed away peacefully on January 10, 2024. Bob's presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Born on March 8, 1948, in Washington DC, Bob had an illustrious career as a Certified Government Financial Manager with an impressive 34 years of experience in diversified federal financial systems efforts. He held a Master's in Project Management from George Washington University, which further enhanced his expertise in the field. Bob was widely recognized as a subject matter expert in federal financial system functional requirements and managerial cost management.

Throughout his career, Bob shared his knowledge and passion for financial management by teaching and writing numerous Federal financial management courses. His dedication to the field extended beyond academia - he was the only federal systems expert requested by name to lead system requirements or evaluation efforts for central Federal agencies.

Bob's commitment to excellence led him to serve as the Senior Advisor for Federal Financial Systems Requirements for Treasury's lead agency efforts. In this role, he worked closely with Chief Financial Officers of seven cabinet-level agencies to provide guidance and assistance in acquiring the necessary financial resources for system improvements and compliance.

In 2005, Bob retired from his position as Chief - Financial Product Support for the Federal Judiciary. His responsibilities included overseeing the nationwide financial systems support for all 92 Districts, 84 Bankruptcy Courts, and 11 Circuit Courts (with the exception of the Supreme Court). He played a crucial role in ensuring a seamless transition during the year 2000 conversion efforts for the legacy systems deployed to the courts.

Beyond his professional achievements, Bob was deeply involved in his community and cherished his relationships with family and friends. He served as a member of St. Michael's Parish Council from 2004 to 2007 and was a dedicated member of the parish for over 45 years. Bob's commitment to faith extended to his role as Chancellor to St. Michael's Knights of Columbus Council 10525, where he was honored to serve as Grand Knight in 2009-2010. Notably, Bob initiated and coordinated the first Father/Son Football Game at St. Michaels, creating cherished memories for all participants.

Bob's love for his country and respect for its history inspired him to serve as Chapter President for the "Sons & Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors" for four years. He later became the Maryland State Chairman, dedicating eleven years to coordinating anniversary, parade, and ship reunion events at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington DC. Bob's service and dedication to honoring and preserving the legacy of those who served were truly commendable.

In his leisure time, Bob pursued various hobbies that brought him joy and fulfillment. He began coaching pee wee football with St. Mary's in Rockville in the 90s, winning a Championship that showcased his coaching abilities. Following this success, he became Assistant Football Coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney Maryland for over 18 years, during which time they won five Championships. Bob fostered lasting relationships with the players he coached, maintaining an interest in their college football teams as they moved on with their careers. His voluntary coaching services were recognized when he received the Our Lady of Good Counsel award - a testament to his dedication and impact on young athletes.

Bob also loved classic cars and had a frame-off for a 57 Chevy, which he and his friend designed the interior together and won the best interior at the annual Classic Chevy Convention in Ft Wayne, IN.  Bob was very proud of his 68 Impala and he also bought I-Ming a 1964 Impala SS, which won a gold certificate and first place in its class at the Impala Convention in Gettysburg, PA a few years back.

An avid reader, Bob immersed himself in literature across various genres. However, his greatest passion lay in his lifelong collection of model trains. It all began when his grandpa gave him his first train set - an American Flyer Royal Blue - which sparked an enduring fascination with live steam model engines. Bob's involvement extended beyond collecting; he designed several live steam engines, including the renowned Casey Jones engine, collaborating with a company in China. Through his love for trains, Bob formed countless friendships, earning the support and admiration of fellow train enthusiasts around the world.

Bob also enjoyed target shooting with rifles, handguns, and black powder rifles. He took great pleasure in teaching his wife I-Ming the art of shooting and derived immense pride from witnessing her succeed. As a member of the Monocacy Pistol Club and the Izaak Walton League in Damascus, Bob found a community that shared his passion for shooting. Additionally, he became involved with the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, participating in their annual match in Friendship, IN.

Bob's interests were diverse, and he also found fulfillment in collecting coins as an investment. His knowledge and understanding of numismatics allowed him to appreciate the historical value behind each piece he acquired.

Above all else, Bob valued his relationships and reveled in the company of friends old and new. He was a loyal friend who cherished every opportunity to catch up with loved ones. His joyful spirit radiated warmth wherever he went, leaving a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him.

Bob leaves behind his beloved wife I-Ming, who stood by his side throughout their journey together. His passing creates a void that will never be filled, but his memory will forever live on through those who were fortunate to have known him.

Visitation services will be held on January 18, 2024, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 East Ridgeville, Mount Airy,Maryland 21771.  A Mass will be held on January 19th at 11:00 AM at St. Michael Poplar Springs Catholic Church, 1125 Saint Michaels Road, Mount Airy, Maryland 21771 followed by interment at St. Michael's Catholic Church Cemetery.

Memorial Donations may be made in his name to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 W Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607.

Bob Clark's life was one filled with purpose, passion, and unwavering dedication. His impact on the lives of others, both professionally and personally, has left an indelible mark. May we forever cherish the memories we shared with him and strive to carry forth his legacy of kindness, love, and service to others. Rest in peace, dear Bob.

**PLEASE NOTE THE FUNERAL MASS FOR MR. CLARK HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2024 AT 11:00AM AT ST. MICHAEL'S POPLAR SPRINGS CATHOLIC CHURH FOLLOWED BY INTERMENT AT ST. MICHAEL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH CEMETERY.

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Visitation

Thursday, January 18, 2024

3:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Stauffer Funeral Home-Mt. Airy

8 E Ridgeville Boulevard, Mt. Airy, MD 21771

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Visitation

Thursday, January 18, 2024

7:00 - 9:00 pm (Eastern time)

Stauffer Funeral Home-Mt. Airy

8 E Ridgeville Boulevard, Mt. Airy, MD 21771

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Mass

Friday, January 19, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Michael Poplar Springs Catholic Church

1125 St Michaels Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771

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Interment

Friday, January 19, 2024

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Michael's Catholic Church Cemetery

1125 St Michaels Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771

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