Alan CLARKE
Alan CLARKE
Alan CLARKE
Alan CLARKE
Alan CLARKE
Alan CLARKE
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Obituary of Alan Keith CLARKE

Alan Keith Clarke

Oct. 25, 1932 - Dec. 6, 2019

 

Alan died peacefully in his home in Victoria, BC at 87 years of age with his wife, Adaline, and step-daughter, Taryn, by his side.  Born in Halifax to Bernice (née Stultz) and Logan, he graduated from Dartmouth High School in 1950, and earned his P. Eng. at Mount Allison University and Nova Scotia Tech. in 1959, with distinction.  Married in 1957 to Sheila (née Davison), they moved to Sudbury in 1960 where he began his first career as a mining engineer with INCO.  In 1965, Alan and Sheila with their two sons, David and Peter, moved to Oakville then Burlington where Alan was at first a junior executive with Aerofall Mills, ultimately becoming its president, then co-owner.

 

Divorced in 1971, Alan was remarried in 1977 to Pamela (née Dixon) and with her two sons, Gordon and Mark, Alan left Aerofall and moved to Victoria after Pam fell ill.  Soon after Pam's death in 1983, he began his second career as a real estate agent, working mostly for DHF.  In 1991, he married his life partner, Adaline O'Gorman, with whom he lived in Oak Bay for the rest of his days.

 

Alan loved to sail, though never owned a sailboat himself.  His proudest time sailing--certainly what he spoke and wrote of most often--was as a 20-year old sea cadet attending the Queen's Coronation.  Enrolled in the University Naval Training Division at Mt. A., he was selected as his unit's "best cadet" to represent them.  Assigned to the HMCS La Hulloise as part of Canada's Coronation Contingent in 1953, he spent fourteen days at sea including passing through a 200-year storm where all the cadets, he would always say with a certain pride, got sea-sick except him!  He described it as a "trip of a lifetime".

 

Throughout his life, Alan was a sports enthusiast and in addition to tennis, curling, squash, bicycling, and running, he loved to ski.  Skiing all over Canada and the world, the most far-flung place he skied was the Kashmiri Himalayas.  Some of his fondest memories of skiing were with his grandchildren, and indeed his last ski trip was with his grandson, Dane, when he was 75.

 

Dad also loved his music.  He learned to play the trumpet as a youth, but put it aside for 35 years. When he began to play again in his fifties, it was with  the Victoria Concert Band and the Hampton Orchestra.  In 1993 he became a founding member of the Swiftsure Big Band in Victoria. He played with them proudly until mobility issues made it too difficult to attend.  He also played with other local bands, including the Island Big Band, The Celebration Brass Band and The Monterey Jazz Band.

 

Dad leaves his wife of 28 years, Adaline, two sons from his first marriage, David and Peter, three step children whom he loved as his own, Gordon, Taryn, and Iain, three daughters-in-law, Nicky, Jodi, and Mayr, and six grandchildren, Dane, Sam, Alison, Meghan, Brianna, and Teal.  His family will remember him as one of the most loving, fair-minded, just, encouraging, positive, kind, and optimistic people they will ever know.

 

"Our tall tree has fallen down"

 

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