Former Cape Cod principal Patrick Clark recovers from a heart assault

OSTERVILLE — The sunlight is peeking out about midday Wednesday when a female walking with a very little woman at Dowses Seaside spots previous Barnstable Significant School principal Patrick Clark and waves.

Clark said he will get that a large amount — persons halting him at the grocery shop, wanting to know how he is carrying out.

A lot of Cape citizens are common with the tale of how he collapsed Sept. 27 on a early morning bicycle ride appropriate right here at Dowses Beach front, two days following currently being placed on compensated administrative depart by Barnstable Colleges Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown through a tumultuous reopening of university in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clark, who experienced surgical procedure Dec. 31 to change an aortic valve, wishes individuals to know he is joyful, healthful and completely ready to go on to the up coming stage of his life.

“There is seriously no superior reason not to have a favourable outlook. It is the way I have lived my everyday living,” said Clark, who has recovered sufficient to resume bicycling and functioning.

“I sense good and look at myself fortunate.”

Patrick Clark stands near the spot at Dowses Beach in Osterville where he suffered a heart attack last year. The former Barnstable High School principal had surgery in December to replace a faulty aortic valve.

A runner with 50 marathons to his title — the very last was the Boston Marathon in 2016 — Clark knew he’d at some point have to change a defective coronary heart valve.

But he predicted the surgery to be scheduled in his 50s or 60s, not at age 48.

Enter the COVID-19 pandemic, and the tension it imposed on faculty officials who had to pivot to remote learning on an crisis basis in March and approach for a safe and sound way to resume classes in the slide.