November 22, 1927 – September 2, 2019
Dad left us in the wee hours of September 2nd stoic and strong to the end. He lived in his home, his castle till 91 years of age, as he had always wished.
Donald Wilson Clark was born on November 22, 1927 into a farming family in Yorkton, Saskatchewan where he met his high school sweetheart, Barbara MacDonald. They were best friends forever right from the start and both have regaled many stories of the crazy shenanigans on Dad’s old ’47 Harley Davidson. They eloped on the bike and moved to Cranbrook where the Harley was traded for a functional Ford and two daughters.
After a number of years working at Cranbrook Sash and Door and as Manager of Mitchell Hardware, Dad envisioned a new career as a Mechanical Engineer. This meant moving the family to Vancouver and attending university. After seven years of hard work, perseverance and much sweat equity, his very proud family sat on the bleachers at UBC to watch him graduate at the age of 40, the oldest engineering student in his class. Onward to Gold River where he eventually became head of Engineering at the Gold River Pulpmill. They lived there for 21 years and created many happy memories, especially of summers at their beloved cabin on Upper Campbell Lake. After retirement, Mom and Dad moved to Comox, custom designed their final home and travelled all over Canada and the States in various RV’s.
Dad was predeceased by his soul mate and wife of 67 years, Barbara and his younger brother, Arthur. He is survived by his older brother Robert, younger sister Eileen, sister-in-laws Wilma and Sandy and daughters Debra Kim McGill and Robin Corinne Clark; grandchildren, David Merrick, Barbara Merrick, Christy Woods, Brendan Woods, Glen Morris and Kelsey Morris as well as seven great-grandchildren.
Dad was a gentleman and a scholar and the rock and anchor in our family; we will all miss him dearly. We hope Dad finds peace on the next leg of his journey, off riding his old Harley with Mom on the back through the fields at sunset.
There will be no service at Dad’s request.
“We remember their love when they can no longer remember.”
Toneff Funeral Services
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