Nov. 9, 1948 — April 11, 2019
As owner and operator of a construction company, Sharon Mae Clark made her way in a largely male environment.
"She was a very strong lady and she got her point across," said her daughter, Sherry Courteau. "She stood her ground with the business. She ran everything, and she knew the business inside out."
Outside of work, though, "She was also a very loving, giving, caring woman who would do anything for anybody," said her daughter.
Sharon Mae Clark died April 11, 2019, in Buffalo General Hospital after an illness of six months, her daughter said. The Town of Boston resident was 70.
She was born Sharon Mae Cooper in Buffalo, the daughter of Marshall Cooper and Elma (Owen) Cooper and stepdaughter of Harry Sambora. She was the sister of Marshall "Skip" Cooper and David and Debbie Sambora.
She graduated from Hamburg Senior High School in 1967.
She and Robert P. Clark met when she was age 18 or 19, said her daughter, when they hung out with a group of friends at the Rat Pack in Hamburg. On June 21, 1969, they were married.
They moved to the Town of Boston 45 years ago, where they raised their three children, Bob, Rick and Sherry.
At the time they married, Mr. Clark operated a trucking business. "From the start, she always handled the office work," said their daughter.
The couple opened a gas station and repair shop in Boston before she opened Sharco Enterprises, which does trucking, construction and site work, including septic systems and blacktop installation.
Mrs. Clark enjoyed spending time with family at their cabin in Humphrey, outside Ellicottville, where they gathered for pig roasts and bonfires, her daughter said.
The Clarks had a motor home in which they traveled to Florida, and would take their grandchildren to Old Forge in the Adirondacks.
Mrs. Clark made lifelong friendships; she and three close female friends enjoyed annual trips to Las Vegas. She also enjoyed stopping at local casinos, her daughter said.
Besides her husband and her daughter, Mrs. Clark is survived by two sons, Bob and Rick; two brothers, David Sambora and Skip Cooper; a sister, Debbie Fistola; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family has planned her memorial service and celebration of life for the day after what would have been her 50th wedding anniversary. It will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. June 22 in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1419 at 2985 Lakeview Road, Hamburg.