CANISTEO, N.Y. (WENY) -- With the death of New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark on Monday, he's being remembered throughout the community.
"Nick, obviously, was an outstanding athlete, but he was probably a better person," said former Canisteo-Greenwood High School Principal, Michael Wright. "He's going to be missed tremendously by everybody who he came into contact with. He gave back so much to our school and our community. He was known for coming back and talking to our middle school students about hard work, doing your best, respect. All those traits that he exemplified."
To some people, he was Trooper Clark. But to the people of Canisteo, he was Nick. Nick graduated from Canisteo-Greenwood High School in 2007. A state wrestling champion for the school, Clark's name is found numerous times on the school's wrestling record board. His accomplishment is forever enshrined in the school's gymnasium.
"I just think, obviously hero will come into play," said Wright. "Especially now, but everybody looked up to Nick. He was a role model for our youth, for our kids, for our community. He was a state champion in wrestling, but again, just an outstanding person, outstanding individual. It's just devastating for everybody that he's come into contact with."
If you drive through Canisteo, you'll notice every flag is at half staff to honor the man who meant so much to the community. For Wright, he hopes Clark will be remembered as a man who never forgot where he came from.
"It's important to give to give back. It's important to remember where you're from. Who you are. He never lost sight of that. Outstanding athlete, fantastic wrestler, great football player. But still, to the people of Canisteo, and Canisteo-Greenwood, he's Nick, and will always be Nick, and obviously will be fondly remembered for that."
Calling hours for Trooper Nicholas Clark will be this Saturday from 1PM to 6PM. Followed by a funeral on Sunday at 11 AM. Both at the Galanis Family Arena, McLane Center on the Alfred University Campus.