Robert (Charles Robert) Clarke
April 1, 1925 – October 14, 2017
With deep sadness we announce the passing of Charles Robert Clarke, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend.
Among many who knew him, he leaves his loving wife Tove Brandt Clarke, his children Cameron (Janice), Robyn (Chris), Geoffrey (Randi), and Allison (David) and grandchildren Ainslie and Beth Fowler, Jason and Thomas Clarke, Tobin and Amelia Hubner, and Nadia Clarke.
Robert was predeceased by his first wife Hazel V.E. Clarke (nee Greenwood) in 1982. Also mourning his loss are many Greenwood and Clarke nieces and nephews.
Robert was born in Penticton, B.C. in 1925 and spent his early and formative years in Vernon.
Late of Parksville, Robert raised his family in North Vancouver and taught for forty years, twenty-five of those teaching high school English at West Vancouver Secondary. Following his retirement, Tove and Robert enjoyed several wonderful summers on Osoyoos Lake and joyful years travelling to Britain, Europe, and Mexico.
His gentle, loving nature, irrepressible wit, warmth, and passion for music and literature are legendary. Robert plied his distinct artistic talent to cartooning, especially in the last thirty years. Many will recall Robert’s fondness for cricket, as a player in his youth and later as a coach.
Robert’s family will treasure his loving nature: there never was a man more affectionate, kind, or loyal. He was a profoundly beautiful human being who will always be remembered.
The Clarke family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Trillium Lodge in Parksville for the kindness and care Robert received in the last months of his life.
A memorial service will be held at St. Martin’s Anglican Church, 195 East Windsor Rd., North Vancouver, at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017.
Reception to follow in St. Martin’s Church Hall next door.