Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Obituary Notice for Don Clarke LM595

Just talked to Vera, Ottawa, and her husband Don Clarke, passed away today, October 22, 2011 at 1 PM at the Ottawa General Hospital. Further information to follow. Fred and Frances Arbuckle

CLARKE, CWO Donald MMM, CD - RC Sigs, H of C January 24, 1927 - October 22, 2011 Don passed away peacefully with Vera (nee Smythe), his devoted wife of 61 years, by his side on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the age of 84. Loving father of Scott (Teresa) and grandfather of Ian and Heather. Brother to Kenneth (Kay) of Estevan, Saskatchewan, and pre-deceased by his siblings James, Minerva, Dougal, Francis, Jack, and Vivian. A boy soldier in World War II, Don's military career spanned 34 years, including time with the Royal Canadian Signals Corps and UN peacekeeping missions, finishing as Military Secretary to the Minister of National Defence. His final civilian appointment was Assistant Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons. Don's smile, courtesy and good humour will be missed by all who knew him. The family thanks all of our friends for the visits and emotional support over the past few weeks. Sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus Neurology Unit and the General Campus Oncology Unit for the exceptional skill and compassion they demonstrated in caring for Don. A memorial service will be held in Ottawa at the Church of the Resurrection, 3191 Riverside Drive, at 1:30 on Monday, October 31, 2011, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ontario Lung Association, 2319 St. Laurent Blvd., Suite 500, Ottawa ON K1G 4J8, or online at designating the Ottawa COPD Maintenance Exercise Program. Online condolences may be made at 107