Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Friday, April 20, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Father Herbert James Clarkin, 79, passed away on Dec. 29, 2010, at St. Mary Home.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1931, in Waterbury, the son of the late Francis and Helen (Mays) Clarkin. He was raised in Waterbury and studied at Crosby High School in Waterbury, Fairfield University, St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 7, 1959, by Bishop John F. Hackett at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Hartford. Father Clarkin served the Archdiocese of Hartford for 50 years, including at St. Michael Parish in Beacon Falls, St. Paul Parish in Glastonbury, East Catholic High School in Manchester, Mount St. Joseph Academy in West Hartford, Immaculate Conception Church in Waterbury, St. Bernard Church in Tariffville and St. Mary Home.

Father Clarkin is survived by two nephews, two nieces, a cousin and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

The funeral service was held on Dec. 31. Burial was at the Old St. Joseph Cemetery in Waterbury. Memorial donations may be made in Father Clarkin’s name to St. Bernard Parish, 7 Maple St., P.O. Box 85, Tariffville, CT 06081.