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GILBERT CLARKE (published on October 14, 2008)

GILBERT BOYLE VANCE CLARKE 1914 - 2008 On Saturday, October 11, 2008 at Deer Lodge Centre, his family at his side, our father Gilbert Clarke at the age of 94 went to be with our Lord. Predeceased by his loving wife Mary (nee Fairchild) of 55 years and daughter Colleen, his parents, Harry Morrison and Jane (nee Vance) Clarke, and brothers James, Harry and Robert. He is survived by his sisters Lilian Paly of Winnipeg and Jean Pierce of Peterborourgh Ontario. He leaves to mourn his passing, children Barbara (Jim) DeFoort of Winnipeg, Vance (Pasqualina) Clarke of Ontario and Delphine (Karl) Muller of Calgary. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Michael, John, Colleen, Karl Jr., Danielle, Michelle, Andrea and Jay. He will also be missed by his eleven great-grandchildren Brent, Amanda, Sarah, Mekayla, Jenna, Saskia, Matthew, Kai, Isabella, Brodie and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was born September 19, 1914 in Winnipeg. He was raised in the West End and attended Laura Secord and Gordon Bell schools. Dad spent many happy summers of his youth in Gimli Manitoba with his siblings. He loved hockey and he shared his love of the game by coaching kids hockey. This translated in his senior years to never missing an NHL game from the comfort of his easy chair. Dad proudly served overseas during the Second World War. He retired from Eatons in 1979 after 42 years of service in men’s and boys clothing. Mom and Dad enjoyed travelling to Calgary, Mexico and England and their very favorite place, Leeside Beach at Pine Dock on Lake Winnipeg, where we have many happy memories of the family cottage. Dad was a true Irishman, dressed dapper and was a real gentleman. Special thanks to the staff on the 4th Floor at Deer Lodge Center for their compassion & care for Dad and the family. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 17 at 10:00am. at Thomson “In the Park” 1291 McGillivray Boulevard with Reverend Allen Faris of the St. James Presbyterian Church. A private family interment will follow. Memorial donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Assocation. “May God Hold You in The Palm of His Hands” Thomson “In the ParK” 925-1120 Send expressions of sympathy to www.mem.com


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