“It’s a tragic loss for all of his acquaintances and friends who knew him,” said Nancy Luther, a Republican activist who said Clark was very active, too.
“I’ll miss discussing politics with him,” said Luther, the former executive director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau.
Holloway and Clark not only became friends, they became colleagues. Clark had left the law firm he founded in Cambridge, then went to practice in-house for a client, Holloway said. He then went into private practice at MacLean Holloway Doherty Ardiff & Morse of Peabody, where Holloway is president.
Clark, who earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School after earning a master’s at George Washington University and a bachelor’s at Boston University, maintained good relations with his former law firm and the client he used to work for, Holloway said.
Holloway said he was fortunate to have worked with Clark, who he said was a big fan of the group Steely Dan. Holloway would play piano at gigs from time to time, and “Steve was one of those guys who would always show up.”
Clark continued to practice real estate law even while cancer left him feeling tired. Holloway said Clark was “tough as nails.” His health began to deteriorate in the past couple of months, however.
“He didn’t complain,” Holloway said. “You would have to drag it out of him.”
Clark was especially fond of his family, Holloway said, including his wife of 38 years, Wendy; his daughter, Mattson; his son, Henry, 30; and their spouses. Clark has two grandchildren, and Mattson said she is due with a daughter in January. Her father got to feel the baby kick.
“His son Henry worked at the White House for a time,” Holloway said, “and Steve was very proud of that and rightly so.” Henry has worked for the National Security Council.