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Neville Allan Thomas Clarke

CLARKE, Neville Allan Thomas - On May 16, 2018, at the wonderful age of 98, Neville Allan Thomas Clarke passed away. Loved and missed by daughters Yvonne Clarke and Hilary Purvis, and by son-in-law Barry. Preceded in death by his wife Emily, brothers Hector, Athel, and Robert and sister Hazel. He was known as Neville to his newer friends, and Tom, to his older friends. Neville was born in Allahabad, India on August 11, 1919. He attended Calcutta Boy's School and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rangoon. During World War II, Neville was Captain of Queen Alexandra's Third Gurkha Rifles regiment with the British Indian Army. He moved to England in 1948 and worked as a research chemist for Henley's. In 1951, Neville married Emily and in 1955, he moved his family to Canada and was hired by Dow Chemical in Sarnia. He started Valley Process Specialties in 1968 and sold it when he turned 75. Neville was a member of Central United Church, a docent and a strong supporter of the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery. He loved music and the opera, and was a fan of tennis, cricket and soccer. Neville loved to travel and tell stories about growing up in India. He had a positive outlook on life, and every day he said "I'm doing well, and the sun is always shining," as it was the day he passed. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME , 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Central United Church, the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery or a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca13275855
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Lovely Gentleman
Posted by Tania Bergen (Friend) On Tuesday, May 22, 2018
To Yvonne and Family, It was great a pleasure meeting and having Neville join the Landmark Family. He always had an interesting storey to tell and a great big grin on his face. Neville you will be greatly missed, Rest in Peace, Tania
Til we meet again
Posted by Barbara Toye (Friend from JNAAG) On Friday, May 18, 2018
I met Neville at volunteer training for the new location of the JNAAG. He was a delightful, humorous, courtly and kind gentleman who enjoyed life. Neville had an unbounding curiosity about the world and its mysteries and beauty. My sincere condolences to Neville's family.
Posted by Mary Kilbreath (JNAAG) On Friday, May 18, 2018
All my condolences to the family. Neville always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Remembering our lovely tea together.You will be missed and remembered.
Farewell Neville
Posted by Janet Fisher (Friend from JNAAG) On Thursday, May 17, 2018
It was always a pleasure to share a shift with Neville at JNAAG and enjoy all his stories. You must have wonderful memories. All my condolences.
Goodbye Neville
Posted by David and Liz Moore (Friend) On Thursday, May 17, 2018
Rest in Peace Neville. We will miss your wonderful stories and your remarkable lust for life.

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