George Clarke Sr., 82, chief city electrical inspector

January 14, 2003

George E. Clarke Sr., former chief electrical inspector for Baltimore's General Services Bureau, died of heart failure Thursday at a nursing home in Richmond, Va. He was 82, and had been an Easton resident until moving to Richmond last year.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden, Mr. Clarke was a graduate of Samuel Gompers General Vocational School at North Avenue and Broadway.

After working as an apprentice electrician for an uncle, he joined the merchant marine, working as a chief electrician aboard Standard Oil Co. tankers during the 1940s. He later was employed as an electrician for Bethlehem Steel Corp. at the Sparrows Point plant before joining the city agency in 1960.

As chief electrical inspector, his responsibilities included all city-owned buildings, including City Hall.

An Eagle Scout, Mr. Clarke was active in Scouting for more than 40 years. In the late 1970s, he was given the Silver Beaver Award -- Scouting's highest honor.

A Mason, he was a member of Boumi Temple, Tuscan Lodge 202 and the Coates Lodge on the Eastern Shore.

He also enjoyed driving powerboats and was member of the U.S. Power Boat Squadron and Sue Island Power Squadron, where he taught navigation.

Mr. Clarke was predeceased by his three wives, the former Georgia Mesallas, Verna Elizabeth Farmer and Charlotte Dill.

Services were held yesterday .

He is survived by three sons, George E. Clarke of Kingsville, David Bruce Clark of Midlothian, Va., and Lawrence Michael Clarke of Bel Air; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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