Ronald Franklin Clark was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 27, 1943, to the late Thelma James and Amos Goldstein. Ronald was raised in the Roxborough neighborhood by the late Jacob Esther Clark and Queen Esther (Griffin) Clark. He dedicated his life to the Lord and was baptized at Galilee Baptist Church. Ronald was preceded in death by his sister Claudette West. He went home to be with the Lord on October 3, 2021, surrounded by the love of his family.
Ronald was affectionately called “Butch” by his family and friends (but Ron by his love Victoria). Ronald received his education through the Philadelphia Public School System. Ronald held many different jobs, from the soap factory to the steel mill, the butcher shop, the box factory, and a cab driver, before beginning his career with the Philadelphia Department of Corrections at Holmesburg Prison in 1968. He retired from Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF) in 2001, after 33 years of service.
On April 7, 1962, Ronald married the love of his life, Victoria Jean Moore. Ronald and Victoria were blessed with three daughters, Michelle Jean, Pamela Denise, and Dina Monique, who were the joys of his life. Ronald would always say "I'm surrounded by beautiful women". Ronald was a deep thinker and a people person. He was always out and about, dropping nuggets of knowledge and wisdom to anyone who took the time to listen. Ronald enjoyed music—especially James Brown, Bobby Blue Bland, and the blues. He loved going to concerts and attending functions with friends and family. Most of all, Ronald treasured time spent with his family, and you were sure to see him at every family gathering, from Conshohocken to Harlem. Family was the most important part of his life, and God blessed him with the opportunity to let them know he loved them and lived a wonderful life.
Ronald leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Victoria Clark, daughters, Michele Fields, Pamela McClenton, and Dina Bagwell (Kenny), his grandchildren, Tony McClenton, Fawaaz Fields, Ameer Fields (Brittany), Sheena McClenton, Victoria Fields, and Nailah Fields, his great-grandchildren, Sanaa Boggs, Anandi Mickens, Kendall McClenton-Canty, Ameera Fields, Amia Fields, and Nia McClenton-Canty, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.
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