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Clark Booth
  • March 21, 1939
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  • July 27, 2018

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Clark Vincent Booth, a journalist who worked all forms of news media for more than a half century during what may now be seen as the Golden Age  of the genre  has died at the age of 79.  Most of Booth’s career was played out in Boston where he began in newspapers, moved on to television news, and   dallied occasionally in radio, while remaining a free-lance writer for various New England newspapers and periodicals. Retiring from full-time work in 2000, Booth remained active in the free-lance field as a print-columnist and writer/narrator for an international documentary team. It was a matter of some pride to him that he never spent a day of his adult life not tuned in to current events, offering comment on them, or agitating endlessly about them with his loving and ever patient wife of 52 years, Anne. It was a full life and it went by fast.                         Booth was born in Boston, 21 March 1939. Parents Russell and Trudie (Elmore) Booth were hard-working and intensely driven children of the Depression. Opportunities were limited which didn’t discourage them from raising a family of five children, endowing each with much to dream of and a willingness to work for it. They were hardscrabble times, yet remarkably inspirational. The family bounced from Boston to Arlington to Weymouth to Norwell back to Weymouth where Booth graduated from high school (1956) then spent a year working at a Randolph sneaker factory earning his college keep and   finally arriving at the illustrious College of the Holy Cross where he majored in English, with minors in History and Philosophy; not exactly a formation many might deem practical but ideal for a budding journalist back then. Graduating  in 1961, he did basic-training in the Army for a six-year hitch in the  Reserves, then reported to the Quincy Patriot Ledger newspaper in September, 1962.                             It was a marvelous time to be entering the business. In the years ahead, major newspapers would attain unprecedented heights of influence and prosperity, while television news—virtually non-existent at the beginning of the Sixties — would be booming by the end of the decade.  It was a grand era,   destined to be brief but spectacular. Booth was at the Ledger, a superb suburban daily,  for three years before being recruited by WBZ-TV News, Boston, where he spent 10 years, then moving on to WCVB-TV, Boston, for 25 years where he became the station’s first ‘Special Correspondent’. In this period ‘CVB had a global reach, functioning more like a network while being acclaimed by the New York Times as ’maybe the finest television station in America’. It was heady stuff; a thrilling place to work at a most exciting time. A small sampling of just some of his favorite assignments —-both on news-side where he spent most of his years and in sports where he digressed for 12 bright and sunny seasons—-affirms the point.  His areas of specialization, aside from sports, were politics, religion, culture, international affairs and he was allowed freely to dabble in all of them. Favorites included: Six National Political Conventions, 10 Presidential campaigns, two Papal Elections, four Papal visits to the U.S and Canada, two Roman Consistories and a Synod,   12 World Series, three Super Bowls, 20 Stanley Cup Playoff festivals, three stints in Northern Ireland covering ‘the Troubles’, the Fall of the Iron Curtain (1989-’90), Cuba under Castro, an extended study of the Catholic Church in America, and another of the Royal Family in England. He was also writer and narrators of dozens of documentaries and news specials on a wide and diverse range with the favorites including programs on New England Literary Masters., Remembrances of World War II featuring Historian William L. Shirer, the lingering grip of America’s Civil War, and the rowdy History of the Boston Garden.  For nine years Booth also moderated a weekly public affairs T.V program, “In Good Faith’, which brought a religious perspective to the weekly glut of current events. In his senior years he served as chief writer for a Boston College based television documentary team called ‘Etoile”, focusing on conflict resolution in international trouble spots and producing programs on South Africa, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, the Balkans, East Africa, the Sicilian Mafia, the Russian Gulag. In keeping with a lifelong interest in the games America loves, he wrote a weekly column on sports for The Pilot’, weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the Dorchester Reporter, for 43 years. For further amusement, he authored a history of the Boston Bruins hockey team, his favorite. Clark’s partner in all this fine madness was beloved Anne Marion (Cowlin)  Booth, R.N. They met in 1963, on an enchanted evening, and all the rest was, to him, sweet destiny. They married in 1966, lived in Reading, Ma 30 years before moving to New Smyrna Beach, Fl in 1999  Together they saw much of the world, verily at its best and often enough at its brightest. They walked Washington on an historic day, floated down the Seine on a summer night, lumbered the high ground of Thailand on the back of an elephant, walked the Great Wall of China, annually did Tanglewood, reveled in Dvorak in glorious Prague, and never once missed Masterpiece Theatre. Who could ask for anything more?    Anne survives him as do sons Scott of New York City and Matthew of Apollo Beach, Fl. and daughter Tracy Husbands of New Smyrna Beach and their spouses Carolyn, Kristen and Guy and five ‘almost perfect’ grandchildren—  Alyssa, Paul, Christopher, Mara, and Lucy— plus Max, the wonder dog.  Dear Brother Russ, eternally ‘the Kid’, passed on too young. But surviving him also are three dear sisters and their spouses, all of Massachusetts; Jacquelyn (& Edward) Splaine, Roberta (& Barry) Fuller, Cheryl (& Terry) Kirkman.    All things considered it was a very good ride. Clark wishes one and all – — friends and family, classmates and colleagues, neighbors and acquaintances down through all the years— a very fond adieu.  And, with apologies to Ed Murrow, adds; “To one and all, good night and good luck!”


Service

Location:
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Date & Time:
August 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM



Visitation

Times:
August 5, 2018





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  1. 05 Aug 2018
    Lou Conrad says:
    Clark was the finest local TV sports writer that I ever knew. At 'BZ, Clark would pace back and forth seeking the right phrase to best tell the story of athletes who achieved "hercularian" feats. Clark was one of the brightest stars of an incomparable news organization. I miss his professionalism, his love of life and love of family.

  2. 02 Aug 2018
    Lorraine Hunter says:
    Such a brilliant and fascinating person with so many stories of travel and culture with an interesting prospective. A true journalist and kind soul.

  3. 02 Aug 2018
    Lorraine Hunter lit a candle:
    Lit since August 2, 2018 at 8:40:33 PM

  4. 02 Aug 2018
    George Wallace says:
    It was a privilege to meet Mr. Booth and his family. I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. May love, peace and comfort come to all during this time of loss. God bless and Rest easy Mr. Clark Booth.

  5. 02 Aug 2018
    George Wallace lit a candle:
    Lit since August 2, 2018 at 8:04:38 PM

  6. 30 Jul 2018
    David Powers says:
    Knew Clark as true gentle man season his son Scott played Pony League for Astros in Reading, MA.and I helped coach.Clark was a devoted family man, and despite all his much deserved quality reputation, a truly humble man and excellent human being. Sincere sadness tor your loss of a remarkable husband and father. Mr. David Powers

  7. 30 Jul 2018
    Ronald and Cynthia Galipeau says:
    To all the Booth family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all on the loss of this wonderful man. I have many great memories of Clark..he will be missed.

  8. 30 Jul 2018
    Grace and John Mcmann says:
    We were so sorry to learn of the recent death of Clark. May he rest peacefully in the arms of Our Lord.
    The entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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