Clark Booth’s life and times recalled at memorial service

The professional and personal sides of longtime Boston broadcast standout Clark Booth were recalled on Tuesday night in St. Theresa’s Church in West Roxbury as part of a memorial Mass commemoration of his life and times.

Mr. Booth died in Florida on July 27 after a long bout with ill health. He was 79.

The congregation, comprising relatives, friends, and professional colleagues of Mr. Booth over his six decades as a newsman, listened to St. Theresa pastor Rev. William Helmick as he cited the deep Catholic faith that Mr. Booth observed throughout his life and recounted the close relationship that he and his brother Raymond, a Jesuit priest, had with Mr. Booth as they collaborated on doing good for others well beyond any broadcast studio or newspaper setting.

In addition to his television work, Mr. Booth, whose early years in journalism were spent with the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, wrote a weekly column during his “retirement” life for the archdiocesan newspaper The Pilot and for the Dorchester Reporter.

At the close of the service, the columnist Dan Shaughnessy, of the Boston Globe, and Peter Mehegan, a veteran of years of service with Mr. Booth at Channel 5 in Boston, spoke about the man and journalist they knew. Each had examples of the broad sweep of Mr. Booth’s interests, using his own words to tell the stories he wrote and delivered from the far corners of the world.

In a final eulogy, Mr. Booth’s son Scott recalled the off-set Clark Booth, husband for 52 years of Anne, his beloved partner in all things, father of three, and grandfather of five, who began with very little but with true grit thrived in life as time went by – “too swiftly,” as Mr. Booth was often heard to say.

– TOM MULVOY

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