Harvey Clarke, 77, passed away peacefully on January 11th, 2019; Harvey was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather. Born in Bronx, NY, Harvey was a longtime resident of Franklin Lakes, NJ. He graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1959 and was a proud member of the Maroon Raiders football team. He continued his education and football career at Kutztown University. Following college, Harvey joined the family business, A.J. Clarke Real Estate Corp., where he served as president from 1980 and continued working the rest of his life. In his career at A.J. Clarke that spanned six decades, Harvey’s expertise and leadership in the various facets of the industry paved the way for the company’s unwavering success through many different New York real estate markets.
Throughout his life, Harvey was active in the community. He was elected to Franklin Lakes town council, served as president of the Parks and Recreation Department, and presided as president of the Franklin Lakes Republican Forum. He was also a president and board member of Temple Emanu-El in Englewood, NJ. Harvey valued the Boy Scouts of America program and was awarded Troop 34’s Award of Excellence. He often coached his children’s youth baseball and soccer teams, never missing a practice or game, even after a long day at the office. He was an avid Mets and Giants fan. In his leisure time, he enjoyed relaxing with his family and friends as a member of Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, NJ and The Country Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Harvey found an interest in horses in his early thirties, which began with horseback riding lessons and evolved into a passion for horse racing. Among the highlights of his racing career are owning a Kentucky Derby starter and Breeders Cup winner, as well as breeding a Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, owning and breeding numerous graded stakes winners and starters, and being named the 2012 Breeder of the Year by The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders.
He was an all around good guy whose motto was “do the right thing” and will be fondly remembered for his witty sense of humor. He is survived by his devoted wife Donna, his loving children Nancy, Jennifer (and her husband John), Scott (and his wife Claire), and Alyssa, his adoring grandchildren Lucas, Nathan, and one who is expected to arrive in May, in addition to his brother Andrew and his family, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Gertrude nee Salzman, and sister, Joanne Grabow.
The service will be held at Robert Schoem’s Menorah Chapel in Paramus, NJ on Monday, January 14th at 11:00 AM with burial to follow at George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery (Paramus, NJ). Following the burial, the family will be hosting friends & guests at Biagio's Restaurant (Paramus, NJ). The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Harvey’s name be made to Old Friends, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, or New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.