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Fred Stephen Clark died March 31st, 2020 at the age of 83. He was the son of the late Honorable Judge, H. Sol Clark and Matilda Shapiro Clark. After graduating from Cornell University and the University of Georgia Law School he practiced law in Savannah from 1962 until 2013.

Fred was the City of Savannah Asst City Attorney and Recorder Pro Tern, 1968- 70, the Town of Thunderbolt Assistant Attorney and Recorder Pro Tem 1971, the Savannah Beach City Attorney and Recorders Court Judge, 1973- 1974, and the Chatham County County Attorney 1981-1984. His professional organization memberships included the Savannah Bar Association (President 1979), the Georgia Bar Association: Younger Lawyers Section, Chairman Legal Aid Committee 1962-63, State at Large 1964-67, Foundation Fellow, the Federal Bar Association: Coordinator Younger Lawyer’s Committee, 5th District 1964-66, the American Bar Association: Foundation Fellow, the State Bar of Georgia: Vice Chairman Crime Prevention and Control Committee 1971, Memorials Committee, 1971, Admiralty Committee 1979, Local Bar Activities Committee 1980-82, Author’s Court – Charter, the Legal Aid Society: Board of Directors 1963, Vice President 1966, First Vice President 1968, President 1969 Athens Legal Aid Society: Founder 1960, the Scribes Peace Officers Assn. of GA, the Coastal Empire Law Enforcement Officers Assn.: Charter Member, the Professional Liability &Insurance Committee Member 1981-82, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers: 1974, Director 1979-1985, the Georgia Legal Services Program: Board of Directors 1975, the American Trial Lawyers Association Convention Trial Participant 1976, the Federation of Insurance Counsel: Convention Speaker 1978, and the Maritime Law Committee Chairman 1982-1984.

His was a member of the UGA Gridiron Society, Zerubbabel Lodge: Worshipful Master – 1969, R. J. Nunn Consistory Scottish Rite, Alee Temple AAONMS – Ritualistic Division – Jesters (Exec. Comm.) 1968, Elks Lodge, B’nai Brith, HGH Society: Trustee 1963-64, Vice Pres. 1964-65, Pres. 1965-66, Air Force Association, Masonic Order, Masters, Wardens & Secretaries Association: Sec-Treas 1967-68, President 1968-69, Benedictine Military School, Athletic Association, Financial Secretary 1969, 1st Dist Masonic Convention: Worshipful Master 1974-5, and Scottish Rite Savannah Council of Kadosh: Commander 1972.

Fred’s was a member of Congregation Bnai Brith Jacob Synagogue: Trustee 1962-67, and the Savannah Hebrew School: President 1977.

He was a member of the Jewish Educational Alliance: Board of Directors 1964-68, the Savannah Jr. Chamber of Commerce: Promote Sav’h Comm. Chairman 1963, the State Junior Tennis Tournament: Chairman 1963, Board of Directors 1963-1964, the Savannah Jewish Council, Board of Governors 1962-63, the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee: Neighborhood Improvement Committee Chairman 1963; Chairman 1968, the United Jewish Appeal: General Division Chairman 1963, the Jewish Educational Alliance, Men’s Club: Finance Section 1963, Corresponding Secretary 1964, Vice President 1966, President 1967, the Combined Federal Campaign: Director 1966, the Savannah Leadership Seminar: Chairman 1968-69, Steering Committee Chairman, the 1st Community Support Program – Savannah State College: Chairman 1969, the 1st Sen. District Democratic Party Convention: Chairman 1970, the State Democratic Executive Committee, Member 1971 -1972, and the Parent & Child Development Services Board: Member 1976. President 1980.

Fred was also a member of American Legion post 135, the 165th Support Squadron – Georgia Air National Guard, Benedictine Military School Alumni Association: President 1966- 67, and the University of Georgia: Fund Drive Chairman 1971.

He authored and published Georgia Procedure Civil Procedure: Considerations in Initiating Suit, including Jurisdiction, Pleadings, and Parties, “Limitations “, Georgia Procedure – Civil Procedure: Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., Georgia Settlements Law and Strategies, Thompson/West Publishing Co., Encyclopedia of Georgia Law, A Complete Narrative, and Encyclopedic Statement of the Living Law of Georgia, and “Interest and Usury”, The Harrison Company.

He was recognized as an Outstanding Young Man of Savannah 1968 and as One of Five Outstanding Young Men of Georgia 1968.

Fred is survived by his three children: Jonathan A. Clark, Robert S. Clark, and Alison Clark Sturm; his son-in-law David Sturm; and his step-grandchildren: Tara Sturm and Megen Sturm.

With concern for the safety and health of our family and friends, a private funeral service was held at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Avigdor Slatus.

Remembrances: a charity of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to thank the staff of Buckingham South for the excellent care given to Fred.

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  1. Nicole Bormel Miller says:

    We are so sorry to hear about cousin Fred’s passing. He was a wonderful man and we are hoping the whole family takes comfort in the memories of him. Thinking of you all

  2. David Sturm says:

    The man, the Myth, the Legend.
    A wonderful story teller.
    I first met him when Alison brought me down to Savannah in 2002. Fred thought I needed a tour of Savannah on foot. What an amazing tour at warp factor 8! Fastest walker I have ever met.

    I will miss his humor, Witt, talking with his hands like an a Italian and his words of encouragement.
    Fred Clark, I will miss you.

  3. Charlie and a Frances Bethea says:

    So sorry Allie.

  4. David Pollock says:

    I am deeply saddened by this news although I knew this day would be coming I first became friends with Fred Clark in 1989 when I attended Benedictine military academy with his son Jonathan and became very close with the family and my greatest memory is when we two went for a bike ride Fred, Jonathan and myself and we stopped at this ginormous Boulder and this is where I was instructed by Fred to walk around this big boulder asking the question Tomochichi what are you doing it Was A big joke apparently as Jon and his dad kept laughing at me but I also considered I also consider this to be one of my most and special memories of being in Savannah and it has made the city to me one of my most favorite’s I will always treasure the time that I spent with my friend John and his dad and mom and brother and sister many a time I would call Fred and speak to him about life matters and he would always take time out of his day no matter how busy he was to talk with me as if I was One of his own children and I will never forget that Friday I know you’re in a much better place I love you I miss you rest in peace my friend

  5. Robert "Reds" Helmey says:

    Fred will always be my friend. A good man…may God richly bless his children and his memory. Reds Helmey

  6. DIane and Howard Benson says:

    What can I say about my cousin Fred, the tall, lanky man who called me “ my cousin” walking with me along the beach at Tybee Island? He was loved, he was funny, he was respected, he was known by everyone, and he loved his family. My heart is broken as yours must be, Ali, David, Jon and Robbie. Howard and I send our condolences and our love. We will miss Fred tremendously May the many wonderful memories of Fred Stephen Clark be a blessing to the four of you.
    All our love,
    Cousins Diane and Howard

  7. Christian J. Steinmetz III says:

    Fred Clark was my friend and a man to whom I owe so much for guidance and mentoring in my legal career. Early in his career, Fred was the stuff of legend with his successful defense of “Reds” Helmly and his ever energetic and creative legal style. In the early 2000s when we practiced together as Clark, Clark & Steinmetz, I recall watching him single-handedly get a Florida trial court’s ruling reversed at the Florida Court of Appeals and then secure a $1,000,000.00 recovery for a client in a products liability case. We will all miss Fred’s energy, friendliness, and willingness to treat others as equals and professionals. Long May You Run!

  8. P Lyons says:

    The Lyons family send our sympathy and prayers to the Clark family. 8th Place (and Tybee) will not be the same without him!

  9. Yanina Quizhpe says:

    I am sorry to hear these news, my condolences and prayers are with you and your family,

    Dear Alisson, wishing you peace and courage to face the days ahead, remember that you can always count on me. Hugs

  10. Jim Halley says:

    I played lunch-time basketball for years with Fred. Playing against men 20 to 30 years younger than him, he would run all day. He was so honest. I can remember his teammates grumbling as he would stop games to call fouls on himself. He told great stories and was very kind, modest and generous.

  11. James G Graves says:

    Fred was a visiting instructor at Savannah High in 1964. We had a six weeks course on Communism and Fred gave a day from his practice to teach several periods. Part of the class dealt with the SHS/BC rivalry

    For this and many other things that he did, I remember him fondly.

    Bugsy Graves

  12. Jessica Takenaka says:

    I will miss you Mr.Fred I remember feeding you your breakfast and you used to yell and say what are you doing. At Buckingham As I worked there you were one of my favorites Residents. I miss you and now you may rest in peace

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