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Bernard Austin Clarke

CLARKE, Bernard Austin - 88, of St. Thomas, Ontario, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital. Beloved husband of the late Stella (Koutoussi) Clarke (2014) and much loved father of Bernard "Tino" Clarke (Rosemarie) and Anne Marie Kimoni "Koopsy" Moss (Stephen) and Edward Andreae Vayos Clarke (Diane). Cherished grandfather of Dani Styriani Moss. He is also survived by dear brother Murray Clarke (Pauline) and sister-in-law Martel Clarke. He is predeceased by his brothers Gary Clarke (who died as an infant) and Frank Clarke. He will be remembered fondly by many nieces and nephews and Godson Richard Bethel of Nassau, Bahamas. "Pops" was one of the good guys who had a big influence on many people's lives - near and far. Bernard was born on May 1, 1930 in St Thomas, Ontario. The son of the late Cyril and Dorothea (McAteer) Clarke, he spent his life in St. Thomas and The Bahamas. Bernard was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. He taught for 28 years at Glendale High School in Tillsonburg and worked for The Brewers' Retail in St. Thomas for more than three decades. He was a founding member of St. Anne's Parish. He is a past president/director of the former Holy Angels'-St Anne's Credit Union. He was also very involved in the community and was past president of the St. Thomas Figure Skating Club. He proudly embraced his family, his service to the church, his passion for music, and his second home the islands of The Bahamas. The family will receive friends at WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME , 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Tuesday, January 8 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 9, 10am, at St Anne's Parish, 20 Morrison Drive, St Thomas. Cremation to follow, with a private burial at Holy Angels' Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Every Child Counts School for Children with Special Needs, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas. Please make cheques payable to St Anne's. Parish, facilitator of the transfer of funds.13319709
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A Very Good Friend
Posted by Joe & Ann Loebach (Friends) On Friday, February 1, 2019
So sad to hear of Bernie's passing. We shared many good times - coffees, meals, discussions, concerts and symphonies. He truly was one great guy and will be missed.
Newspaper Men
Posted by John and Janice Winchester (Friend) On Wednesday, January 9, 2019
We are so sad to hear of 'Barney's' passing, Tino and family. As a former staffer from the T-J, your Dad and my Dad often had a lot to talk about when they bumped into each other at the St. Thomas Farmer's Market. We were lucky to have them with us for as long as we did. But it still hurts to lose them. Take care and stay in touch.
Posted by June And Joe Winchester (Friends) On Tuesday, January 8, 2019
We are very sorry for your loss He was a wonderful man and friend .He will be missed.
RIP, Bernard Clarke
Posted by Larry Lynch (Friend) On Tuesday, January 8, 2019
So sad to read of the death of Bernard Clarke, truly one of the good guys I've met in life. Quiet, unassuming but always with a great Irish smile. He served his community so well, always with passion for the church, the school and love of his family. How many of us left the Beer Store with a case of cheer, just wouldn't be right without a smile from Bernard. May he rest in peace.

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