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Phone: 207-594-4174


The American Lighthouse  Foundation is a  Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization dedicated  to the preservation of America's historic lighthouses.






Lighthouse Friend Lockwood “Lucky” Clark Passes Away


The American Lighthouse Foundation and the national lighthouse community have lost a dear friend.



Champlain, VT – Lockwood “Lucky” Clark, 92, of Champlain passed away Thursday, February 5, 2009, at his home.


He was born October 6, 1916, in Summit, NJ, to Robert C. & Erika E. (Hachmeister) Clark. In 1917, he and parents relocated to Champlain.


His father began work in management with his

Lockwood "Lucky" Clark

Photo by Yvonne Zemotel     

Lockwood "Lucky" Clark peering through the lantern of Isle la Motte Lighthouse


brother, Legrand, the principal owner of Sheridan Iron Works. Clark started to work in December 1937 as a machinist and welder under the supervision of Ben Dame. He retired in 1987 after 50 years of dedicated work.


Clark also served in the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of World War II.


He spent many hours restoring and maintaining lighthouses at Isle la Motte and Windmill Point, Vermont. Clark was the first to suggest the lighthouses on Isle la Motte and Windmill Point be relit.


On August 7, 2002, National Lighthouse Day, Windmill Point became the first lighthouse on Lake Champlain to be relit, followed by Isle la Motte on


Lucky Clark, Erica Bayer, Claire Clark & Rob Clark

Photo by Jeremy D'Entremont    

(L to R) Lucky Clark, Erica Bayer,

Claire Clark & Rob Clark

October 5, 2002. One of Clark’s proudest achievements was building the parts necessary for the relighting.


He was recognized for his maritime efforts by a fellow lighthouse lover, Coast Guard Admiral Richard A. Bauman, of the First Coast Guard District in Boston, MA.



Clark is predeceased by his parents and one sister, Erika H. Bayer.


Survivors include his wife, Claire C. (Bedard) Clark, and one son, Robert Clark of Champlain.


Clark’s hobbies were antique boats, cars, trains, lighthouses, astronomy, telescopes and welding. He also built multiple steel structures, including a replica of the Isle la Motte lighthouse and a 165-foot TV tower.


Recollections of Lucky Clark by Jeremy D’Entremont, noted New England lighthouse author and historian…


“In my years of researching and visiting lighthouses, I've never met a more hospitable lighthouse owner than Lucky Clark. He had a deep,

genuine love for his lighthouses that was clear to see, and he liked nothing better than showing them to others who shared his
appreciation. He was a dedicated preservationist who understood that a lighthouse needs a light to be fully alive, which is why he advocated the official relighting of his lighthouses after many

Lucky & Rob Clark

Photo by Yvonne Zemotel      

Lucky & Rob Clark at the base of

Windmill Point Lighthouse


years of darkness. Above all, he was a gentleman in the truest
sense of the word, and he'll be missed.”



Isle la Motte Lighthouse

Photo by Jeremy D'Entremont    


Isle la Motte


Lake Champlain, VT




Windmill Point Lighthouse

Lake Champlain, VT


Windmill Point Lighthouse

Photo by Jeremy D'Entremont    



Posted: 2/12/2009




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