Anthony Harold Clark, popularly known as Tony Clark and Paris’ own Santa Claus, passed away earlier today. Read on to learn how did Tony Clark, the Santa Claus of Paris, die, why did he stop delivering gifts on Christmas, and what was the cause of his death.
Clark delivered presents on December 25th every year to as many children as he could in Paris, Texas. Whenever someone asked about Santa in the city, people only responded with his name as he was widely cherished.
Who was Tony Clark?
Tony Clark, born Anthony Harold Clark on January 8, 1959, was the Santa Claus of Paris, Texas. Don’t confuse the city with the capital of France. He was born and raised in Paris. He completed his education at Travis Junior High School and Paris High School.
Since his younger days, Clark was highly fascinated by the idea of Santa Claus. He developed a genuine passion for the role and turned himself into a local Santa. He grew his beard and dyed it white and started dressing up like Santa Claus.
Clark visited people’s homes carrying sweets, chocolates, and presents to surprise kids who were waiting for Santa Claus.
Why was Tony Clark named the Santa Claus of Paris?
Tony Clark became known as Santa Claus throughout Paris as he played the role. He acquired it from his father who used to play the role before him. “My dad was Santa for many years and I always wanted to be just like him, so when I saw him play Santa for all the kids, that’s when I knew I wanted to do it, too,” he once revealed.
Clark used to visit people’s homes, surprised children, and played with them during the holidays. People started calling him Santa Claus everywhere. He even coordinated with parents to pose from the home’s roof while waving to children in order to play the role in the truest sense.
He didn’t charge people for anyone and did that for all the smiles. “This isn’t just a job I do to get paid,” he once said. He went on to reveal that he was grateful to be a part of so many people’s lives.
How did Tony Clark die?
Tony Clark died on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at his home in Paris, Texas. He was 63 years old. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. The tragic news of Clark’s death was announced by his family.
The community and the people who knew him have been mourning the loss of the vibrant soul ever since the news emerged. People are paying tribute to Paris’ Santa Claus who was loved by everyone.
Tony “Santa Claus” Clark dead: What was his cause of death?
Tony Clark a.k.a Paris’ Santa Claus passed away this past Tuesday at the age of 63. However, the exact cause of his death is unknown at the time of writing. Netizens are speculating that Clark died of natural causes and old age.
Reportedly, his health had been deteriorating for the last few years. He also stopped his age-old tradition of dressing up as Santa Claus and visiting children in 2018 due to his worsening health.
It’s believed that his age got the better of him and the highly admired man passed away.
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Tony Clark Obituary: Funeral Arrangements and Tributes
The funeral arrangements for Tony Clark, Paris’ Santa Claus, are pending at this time. We are waiting for his family to share more details. We’ll update this section once more information is released.
Tributes have emerged for the old man who was popular as Santa Claus. However, people are also remembering him for having a kind soul and a genuine spirit.
You can find the tributes and respects and light a candle in honor of Tony Clark here. Our deepest condolences go out to his family. May God let the departed soul rest in peace.