Clarke, Richard Kitchner John

CLARKE – Richard Kitchener John (Dick) Clarke of Brooks, Alberta died on December 12, 1989 in the Brooks Health Centre at the age of 74 years.

He was born April 29, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His formative years were spent in Alix, Alberta, and he was educated there, Lacombe, Alta. and London, Ontario. Dick furthered a natural artistic gift with studies at the Art Institut of Chicago and worked in Design in Los Angeles but returned to Canada during the war and served with R.C.A.F. reserve He was employed with Alpha Dairies in Alix and Calgary and moved to their Brooks facility in 1948. He began his own insurance business in 1952 and formed SunRise Realty in 1953 adding trave which became his main focus until hi retirement in May 1989.

Always active in his community Dick’s many interests included the Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycees, the Library Board, the Brooks Little Theatre, the Lions Club, the Sketch Club, the Planning Commission and the Masonic Lodge.

He will be remembered by many for his more than 20 years involvement with the annual Farmers Bonspiel and as commanding officer with the Brooks Air Cadets, Squadron 239. He was always a strong booster of community theatre and for 40 years worked with set design, acting and direction as needed. He took some pride in appearing on stage at the age of 72 in the musical Oliver.

Surviving are his wife Phyllis of Brooks., a son David Clarke of Calgary; two daughters Lee and her husband Rick Irwin of Brooks and Sandy and her husband
Mike Graham of Rainier, four grandsons, a brother Malcolm Clarke and his wife Audrey of Edmonton and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held on Friday, December 15 at 11 a.m. in Brooks United Church with the Reverend Jim Hamilton officiating. Interment followed in the
Brooks Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers were Don Crerar, Steve Kroll, Endre Barath, Winky Kimura, Ed Hrdlicka, Cam McCune, Bob Young, Gerry Ramsay and Jim Graham. Active pallbearers were members of the Brooks Masonic Lodge, Don Murray, Bob Burns, Doug Ingram, Jim Ellis, Bev Nelson and Ray Greaves.

If friends desire memorial donations may be made to the Dick Clarke Fine Arts Scholarship Endowment, c/o Brooks Campus Medicine Hat College, Box 1979, Brooks, Alberta TOJ OJO.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Phone 362-4636.