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Clyde W. Card, 76, of Jamestown, NY, died Thursday, January 20, 2021 at his home after a brief illness.

A lifelong resident of the region, he was born on July 24, 1945 to Mary VanDamme Card.

Clyde graduated from Jamestown High School in 1963 and earned his associate degree from Jamestown Community College in 1971. Continuing his education, he received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia, summa cum laude, in Political Science and Law and his JD program from the State University of New York at the Buffalo School of Law, with a concentration in labor law. He also completed the New York State Court of Appeals clerkship program in 1985.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran who served from 1963 to 1964 and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant.

Clyde was currently employed as Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Law Center, formerly Chautauqua Legal Services, where he has worked since 1974 providing civil legal services to the indigents of Chautauqua County. In previous years, he had worked for the former Crescent Tool Corporation as union president of Crescent Tool Lodge 1551, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

He was an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church as a lector, elder and sexton and was also an ordained elder of the old Westminster Presbyterian Church.

As a community activist, he was a former member of the Mayor’s Workforce Management Committee, the city’s Housing Grievance Committee, and former Chairman of the Mayor’s Veterans Commission. He has served on the board of Chautauqua Opportunities and the Chautauqua Mental Health Association. He was a former Commander of Ira Lou Spring Post 149, American Legion, Vice Commander of the American Legion of Chautauqua County, and former President of the ILS Veteran’s Club.

An avid sportsman, he was active in the Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Program, serving as President for many years, the Western District USA Hockey of New York, the Jamestown Little League and the Baseball Program Babe Ruth, and the Jamestown area youth soccer program. He also participated in several adult softball leagues for several decades.

During his high school years, he ran track and cross country for Jamestown High School.

Clyde was also very active in Masonic circles as a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge 145, Free and Accepted Mason’s, and Hiram Lodge 25 in Newark, Del. He was well known as a lecturer and researcher, having lectured extensively to various Masons. bodies, events and dinners in the northeastern United States, including New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. He was also a 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Jamestown, Conewango Counsel 143 of New York and Pennsylvania, Dunkirk Council 25, Cryptic Mason’s, Dunkirk Commandry 40 Knights Templar, Western Sun Chapter 67, Royal Arch Masons, Masonic Society, Philates Society, Justice Robert H. Jackson Lodge of Research, and many other Masonic Order affiliations. For his many years of service to the Masonic community, he was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award.

Surviving is his wife, the former Janet E. Sample, whom he married on May 27, 1972; his mother, Mary Card of Jamestown; his two sons; Ryan (Penny) Card of Jamestown and Jared (Eryn) Card of Newark, Delaware; four grandchildren: Anna, Madison, Gavin and Ian Card; and three step-grandchildren: Drew Emerling, AJ Emerling and Alex Davis; a problem ; Charles Henri (Becky) Map of Jamestown; and a sister; Louisa “Kitty” (Tom) Russo from Falconer, NY

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The Reverend Luke Fodor, Rector, will officiate. Interment will be in the columbarium of Saint-Luc Church.

A symbolic Masonic funeral service and MSA service will be held just before the memorial service at the church. Masks must be worn during church service

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lind Funeral Home where wearing a mask is mandatory.

Memorials may be made at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St., Jamestown, NY 14701.

You can leave words of condolence for Clyde’s family at www.lindfuneral


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