Clarke Whitehead, a teacher in the New York City public schools, died at his home in Brooklyn, New York. He was 48 and had been ill for two years.
Mr. Whitehead was born in New York City in September 1970 to Mary Ann Whitehead and Arch Whitehead. He attended the Fleming School in Manhattan and graduated from the Fieldston School. He received his BA degree from the State University at Stony Brook, Long Island. While commuting to SUNY and living in Sag Harbor, he worked for a landscaping company and a taxi company. He also worked part time at King Kullen, the old A&P, and was a home deliverer of The New York Times. He received his Master’s Degree in education from the City University of New York whereupon he began his 16 year teaching career in the New York City public schools and where he received many accolades.
Mr. Whitehead, known to friends and family as Cole, loved to travel during his summer vacations especially to South America to study and to improve his Spanish. He also developed a love of cooking while working at Barefoot Contessa and Nick & Toni’s during the summers.
Mr. Whitehead is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Whitehead. His father, Arch, predeceased him. He is also survived by his sisters, Ann Moore, Lynn Whitehead and brother Colson Whitehead. He leaves behind his cousins Paul Francis and Betsy Francis, his aunts Ida Woody and Irma Francis. In addition, he leaves his nephews, Richard Samuel (JR) Goods, Alex Moore, Christopher Moore, Beckett Whitehead and niece Madeline Whitehead. He is also survived by his in -laws, Vincent Moore, Jay Jasper, Julie Barer and Natasha Stovall. He also leaves behind many relatives and friends from his days spending his summers and living in Sag Harbor.