Clarence passed away peacefully at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton. Left to cherish wonderful memories are his loving wife of 67 years, Jean–semicolon– his daughter, Shirley (Jim)–semicolon– sons, Havelock (Pat) and Brad (Caroline)–semicolon– 7 beautiful grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart.
Clarence was completely devoted to his wife and family. He and Jean were passionate about discovering the genealogy of their own family and were very active with the Alberta Genealogical Society helping many others to find their family roots. As a young man, Clarence had a love of horses, riding miles on his two favorites and driving teams on the family farm. He also loved airplanes, building one together with a friend. He served in the RCAF in WWII.
Clarence’s involvement in service and community was a life-long commitment and included work as a volunteer ambulance driver and firefighter, first aid instructor, boy scout and air cadet leader. Members of Kirk United Church since 1965, Clarence and Jean enjoyed singing in the choir for many years, and considered the church to be their true home community.
Clarence was born in Russell, Manitoba. He and his brother Frank assumed responsibility for their mother and the family farm while they were still quite young, after the sudden death of their father. Eventually, Clarence embarked in a career in the electrical utilities sector, retiring from Calgary Power after 35 years in 1980.
The family would especially like to thank the staff at the Royal Alexander and Grey Nuns Hospitals, as well as the staff at the Rutherford Heights Seniors Residence, for all the wonderful care they provided.
It was Clarence’s wish to be cremated. A service of remembrance and celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 22, 2010, at Kirk United Church, 13535 – 122 Avenue NW, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army, 9618 – 101 A Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5H 0C7, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 10985 – 124 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5M 0H9.