CLARKE, Jack Elvin
November 27, 1954 – November 6, 2016
It is with a heavy heart that the family of Jack Clarke, age 61, announces his passing on November 6, 2016. After a courageous battle with cancer Jack passed away peacefully with his son, and his life partner at his side, at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, NS. He was born on November 27, 1954 in Maple Ridge, BC. He is the son of Elvin Clarke (Nanaimo) and his late mother Lillian Mavis (Overend).
He will be forever missed by his son Jordan Clarke, (Maple Ridge) and his partner Glenna Emmett-Reashor (Halifax, NS) and his father and brothers George and Terry (Maple Ridge). He was a wonderful father and partner. Jack was a kind and generous man who had a wonderful sense of humor and filled a room with his energy. His quick wit and dry sense of humour kept people on their toes. He passionately loved to travel and went to many countries in Europe and North America. He enjoyed playing crib and was a very good cook and baker, especially spaghetti and homemade breads.
He enjoyed and had a vast knowledge about wines and music and was able to identify any artist or song. Often Jack enjoyed walks in the woods and had a passion for nature and animals. He could list and identify all of Canada’s birds and could imitate birdcalls, fooling the birds into thinking he was one of them. Jack was a gifted photographer and enjoyed capturing unusual imagery on his many travels. He retired in 2015 after forty years with a successful career in Surveying as well as Management. In 1979, he received a Diploma at BCIT for Survey Technology, as well as many other courses and programs. From 1982 to 2001 he was the owner and president of Burnett & Assoc. Land and Mapping. Jack worked for Abacus Development Consultants from 1989 to 2001. He was employed and promoted to the position of Director at McElhanney Engineering Services Ltd. from 2001 to 2011. Jack was the Engineering Survey Division Manager at R.F. Binnie and Associates Ltd. from 2011 to 2015. Jack’s loved ones would like to give a special thanks to the hospital staff on 7A at the VG, the Palliative Care and the Radiation Teams.
Cremation has taken place and it was Jack’s request that there will be no service or memorial. If you wish to honour Jack please donate to the Cancer or Alzheimer societies.