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William Clarkson

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Troy- William Lansing Clarkson, 75, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017.

William was born in Troy, NY on March 31, 1942, and graduated from Lansingburgh High School in 1960 and Albany Business School in 1962. After serving six years in the National Guard, William spent time at D&H Railroad and McDonalds’ corporate offices. He spent 26 years working at Albany Medical College, retiring in 2013.

William was a communicant and active member of Prince of Peace Church in Lansingburgh, NY, where he served as the church council President in recent years, participated on the church council, and played the organ for over 40 years.

William was a proud and active member of the musical community.  He was a prior member of the Mendelssohn Choir, a founding member of the Capital Pride Singers, and a member of the American Guild of Organists.

William enjoyed spending time at his camp in the Adirondacks, international travel, and frequenting his favorite restaurant, Verdile’s.

William was the son of the late Howard and Ellen (Abrahamson) Clarkson. He is survived by his three children, Brian (Bonnie) Clarkson of Melrose, NY, Bruce (Michael) Clarkson-Hendrix of Fredonia, NY, and Pamela (Greg) Clarkson Freeman of Ellicott City, MD; brother, Richard (Debbie) Clarkson; and six grandchildren, Jeffrey, Dylan, Logan, & Shaylee Clarkson, and Natalie & Garrett Freeman. William also had one niece (Rebecca) and two nephews (Richard and Randy).

Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral service at 11:00 am on Friday, August 4, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. Calling hours will be from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday, August 4, 2017 at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh. Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.

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To Bills family, we did not know Bill had passed away. We are so sorry for your loss. We were Bills neighbors at Glen Hudson and so enjoyed our visits or sharing a meal with Bill. He was a wonderful person and I am sure he is playing beautiful music in heaven.

Jean & Dennis Taylor Nov 14 2017 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of working with Bill for 12 years out in Elsmere for Albany Medical Center. He was like the grandfather I never had. He was such an easy going guy and he was always happy to talk to you about his goings on with his children, his church, his love of the organ and his eagerness to camp in the Adirondacks. I really enjoyed working with Bill and the comraderie we shared...God Bless You Mr Clarkson, it was a pleasure to know you sirBest regards to Bill's family during this difficult time.Joe

Joseph Mangiaracina Jr Aug 4 2017 12:00 AM

Daddy Bill was a dear lovely man who had loads of charm and style. You will play and sing for the angels now.

Margie Bowes Aug 3 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Clarkson

Leonard Bopp and Ed Countermine Aug 3 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Clarkson

Margie Stein Aug 3 2017 12:00 AM

Bonnie & family, though I didn't know your father / grandfather, I know what it feels like to lose a parent / grandparent. Praying for His peace and comfort during this time and that you feel His arms surrounding you and carrying you through.

Sarah Vile & Family Aug 2 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Clarkson

Sarah Vile & Family Aug 2 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Clarkson

Derek H. Carey Aug 2 2017 12:00 AM

Oh daddy...my heart is so heavy to learn that you will no longer be at our concerts, beaming with such pride & giving us such incredible support. I will forever hold dear all the rehearsals that you'd sit behind me & sing out beautifully. I'd look back at you & smile...always such a wonderful comfort. You will be so deeply missed by so many but please know how huge an imprint you have left on my heart. Rest In Peace & never stop making beautiful music with us!!

Kori Holley Aug 2 2017 12:00 AM

A sweetheart. Love and light to family. RIP

Joy Purdy Aug 2 2017 12:00 AM

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