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Ernest Clark Jr., 94

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:49

Aug. 29, 1925 - Sept. 25, 2019

Ernest Clark Jr., a former owner of the E.T. Dayton Insurance and Real Estate Agency in East Hampton, died of congestive heart failure at the Moorings Park health care facility in Naples, Fla., on Sept. 25. He was 94.

Mr. Clark worked in the insurance publishing business in New York City for several years before buying E.T. Dayton in 1964. He served as president of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club, and he was a member of Guild Hall’s board.

A golf lover, he belonged to the Maidstone Club, and after he moved to Naples in 2011 he joined the Wyndemere Country Club there.

Known to friends as Ernie, he was born to Ernest and Anna Clark in New York City on Aug. 29, 1925. He was 1 when his family moved to East Hampton, where he spent most of his life. 

After graduating from East Hampton High School, he joined the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Burma and India during World War II. He was proud to be a member of the country’s “Greatest Generation,” his family said. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1953.