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William Clarkson

March 31, 1942 — July 30, 2017

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

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