Rochester, N.Y. – At parties, Captain Bruce Kevin Clark was the guy at the grill.
He was the one you counted on.
“I’ve always been proud of him,” said his sister-in-law Mariana Barry. “He’s always done everything with honor, he’s the most honorable person I know.”
Tuesday, Clark died in Afghanistan. He was 43 years old.
He was an Army nurse, part of William Beaumont Army Medical Center based in El Paso, Texas.
His medical background included a nursing degree from The College at Brockport.
While living in Spencerport, Clark was a volunteer firefighter.
It was there, he and his wife Susan gave birth to their first child.
Their daughters are now nine and three.
Barry says he joined up with the Army because he loved the military.
“He was passionate about serving our country,” she said.
The family knew the risks, but the loss has still left them in shock.
“I think it’ll sink in when everything settles down and when I want to talk to him, or when we have the birthday party for his daughter and my son this summer and he won’t be there and I think those are the times it’s really going to hit hard,” Barry said.
According to Barry, the military has not released any details regarding the circumstances surrounding his death.
She says the funeral arrangements are still being worked out, but the service will be in the Rochester area.