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WALLACE EDGAR CLARK (published on July 08, 2009)

WALLACE EDGAR CLARK December 13, 1918 July 5, 2009 Surrounded by his loving family, Wallace Clark passed away on July 5, 2009 at Tiger Hills Health Centre in Treherne, Manitoba at the age of 90 years. Left to mourn his loss are his loving wife of 63 years, Emma (Telford); three sons, David (Morlyne), Donald (Sandra) and Charles (Laurel); eight grandchildren, Bruce (Cheryl), Sharon, Trevor, Alain (Charlene), Stephen (Rachel), Jeanette, Raymond, and Michael (Cheryl); two great-grandchildren, Colin and Emily. He is survived by his sister Vera Glawson of Brandon; brothers Lorne (Jessie) of Carberry and Gordon (Evelyn) of Treherne; numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was born at Somerset, Manitoba and spent his boyhood years on the farm homesteaded by his grandfather. He received his early education at Harmer School, a one room building near the farm. He completed high school by correspondence and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Diploma in Agriculture in 1938. As Canada entered the Second World War, Dad responded to his need to help by enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He completed basic training as a Wireless Air Gunner and began his service at various military bases in Canada. Following a few perilous trans-Atlantic flights to deliver bombers from Dorval, Quebec to overseas bases, Dad received a promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant and a posting to London, England where he remained until the end of the war. It was while Dad was stationed at Dorval that he and Mother met and fell in love. In 1945 the war ended and Dad requested a discharge from military service. He and Mother were married in Montreal and set out to Manitoba to begin their lives and raise their family. Dad was a successful farmer and put his natural abilities and University training to good use. After his retirement from farming, Dad spent many years in the grain buying industry, general insurance, real estate and appraisal business and earned his CRA (certified residential appraiser) accreditation in 1980. During his twenty years as a hail adjuster for Co-op Insurance, he took great delight in travelling throughout the Prairie Provinces and talking to the many farmers he met along the way. Always a strong supporter of his community he spent many years throughout his life serving on the board of directors of many organizations including Swan Lake Hospital, Norquay School, Treherne United Church and Treherne Co-op. As a member of the Legion, he served on the board of directors of Legion Lodge Inc. He was very proud of his long membership in the Masonic fraternity and the Order of the Eastern Star. Two weeks ago he was especially pleased to receive his 60 year Masonic bar. The respect Dad earned by the manner in which he conducted his life is reflected in his numerous friends. The family is grateful to those generous and caring people who graciously provided so much of their time and support over the years. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Treherne United Church, Treherne, MB, with interment to follow at Beaconsfield Cemetery. If friends so wish, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of their choice. On line condolences may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Budz Funeral Service of Holland, Manitoba, 204-526-2380, 1-866-526-2606.

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