Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Clarence "Click" Bamberger Jr.

Published: Sunday, Sept. 2 2007 3:37 p.m. MDT
Clarence "Click" Bamberger Jr.
Consummate Gentleman
Son of a pioneering Utah mining and railroad family and great nephew of Governor Simon Bamberger, died on August 24, 2007 at his home in Holladay, Utah.The only son of Clarence G. Bamberger and Marie Odell Bamberger, he was born May 22, 1929 in Salt Lake City just prior to the panic of the Great Depression. Educated in the Salt Lake City school system and at the Webb School for Boys in California, he also attended the University of Utah. An accomplished athlete excelling and lettering in baseball, football and basketball during his years at the Webb School, he later turned his considerable talents to water-skiing, placing 3rd in the European Nationals in Beirut Lebanon in 1953. He had a standing invitation to practice with the British water-skiing team in Ryslip England. Active in snow skiing (a member of the Sun Valley ski patrol) and golf (qualifying in the match play portion of the Utah State Amateur and the prestigious Phoenix City Amateur in Phoenix, AZ), he took great pleasure in participating with and coaching and cheering on his children in numerous little league teams, in water skiing, snow skiing, golf, tennis, hunting and fishing. A sports car enthusiast, he was a true Ferrari aficionado.

Click's business affiliations included Bamberger Investment & Exploration Company, Walker Bank & Trust Company Board of Directors and the First National Bank of Arizona.
He was a member of the Salt Lake Country Club, Alta Club and Duckville Gun Club.
Click was a quiet philanthropist - both personally and through the Ruth Eleanor and John Ernest Bamberger Memorial Foundation (where he was the Bamberger family representative until the time of his death) and through the Bamberger-Allen Health & Education Foundation. His efforts were directed anonymously to aid those less fortunate. He took special pride in his service to the community as a devoted long-time volunteer with the Salt Lake County Sheriffs Search & Rescue Team.

A world traveler and a joyous bon vivant, he made friends all over the world. He was especially fond of northern Italy and Lake Como in particular. On one of his annual trips to his uncle's home in the south of France, he met and married his first wife Liliane Guterman in Paris. They later divorced. He then married Vivian Call in Salt Lake City and later divorced.

Dashing and debonair, his courtly manners (absorbed from his beloved parents and his cherished older sisters Marie Odell Bernolfo and Gloria Bamberger, all of whom have predeceased him) put his varied acquaintances at ease in any and all circumstances. A consummate gentleman without a mean bone in his body, he loved all and was loved by all.

Click leaves bequests of kindness, quiet service, warmth and generosity to his four beloved children: Clarence Philippe Bamberger, Shauna Leslie Bamberger Priskos (Vasilios), Stephen C. Bamberger (Wanda), and Christine Bamberger Seethaler (Brian). Click is also survived by his second wife and dear friend Vivian McCarthy.

The family acknowledges with the deepest gratitude his lifetime friend, school chum and in later years superb caregiver, Mickey Mulcahy.

His proudest legacy: his grandchildren, Adrienne Lily Bamberger, Alexandra Isabel Bamberger, Christian Vasilios Priskos, Nico Bamberger Priskos, Jacob Nathaniel Bamberger, Willem Clarence Seethaler, Alexander Stephen Priskos, Holden Jane Seethaler, Tennyson James Seethaler, Telly James Priskos and Julian Stephen Bamberger. Survived also by his beloved sister Marie Odell Bernolfo's children and grandchildren.

The family would like to thank hospice nurse Julie and caregivers Loni and Chanel for their support and tender care.

As per Click's wishes there will be no funeral. A private celebration of his life has been held in his Holladay garden. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Salt Lake County Sheriff Search & Rescue, 2001 South State Street, Suite S2700, Salt Lake City, Utah 84190. "Click, thank you for gracing our lives with your dear presence. We send you on this new journey with our love and respect."