George Clarke Obituary (1926 – 2022) – Guelph, ON
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ted Clarke on March 14, 2022, at the age of 95. Beloved husband of Alison for 68 years of marriage. Beloved father of Anthony (Lee Anne) and Jeremy (Mary) Clarke and Sara Georgas. Loving “Mamoo” to grandchildren Michael (Kailey), Andrew (Nicki) and Chelsea (Scott), and great-grandchildren Evan, Logan, Alyvia, Harvey, Oliver and Spencer. Loving “Baba” to grandchildren Chris (Jen) and Beth (Ryan), great-grandchildren Jake, Hailey and Grace. Loving “Dad” to grandchildren Elliott and Hannah. Predeceased by his sisters Mary and Dorothy, and his son-in-law Jim Georgas. Ted will be sadly missed by all of his extended family and friends, especially his 90 year old friend, Red Warren.
Ted was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and was educated there and in London, England. He was a gifted pianist, having learned to play at age 3 and winning competitions at age 4. Returning to Athens at the start of World War II, Ted accompanied his family’s evacuation to India. He joined the British Army at 18 and served in the Black Watch. Speaking the language, Ted was sent to Greece to help “control” the civil unrest that followed. After his service, Ted returned to England where he met the love of his life, Alison. They married in 1953 and he then studied to become a design engineer. He worked in England, followed by two years in Greece, before immigrating to Canada in 1967. Along with Alison, their three children, a pet dog and cat, they were graciously taken in by the Warren family living in Toronto. Moving to Burlington later that year, Ted worked for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in Sheridan Park helping to design reactor components for the Douglas Point, Pickering and Bruce power stations. Ted and Alison retired to Guelph in 1992 to be close to family. They became dedicated members of St. George’s Anglican Church, and in 2009 Ted was awarded the Order of Niagara in recognition of his service to the church and the diocese.
Along with his two sons, Ted built the family cottage on a tranquil lake outside of Dorset, Ontario, and spent every opportunity over the summers maintaining and improving it. He also enjoyed playing tennis and squash, downhill skiing and water skiing. Upon retirement, he began a new career as a carpenter building decks, finishing basements, and then building furniture. Later in life, Ted resumed his former enjoyment of art and, working with both acrylic and watercolor, he created works of art for his family members. As a major fundraiser for the replacement of St. George’s roof, Ted painted an image of the church on over 150 old roof slates. Additionally, at age 70, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of learning to fly; he made his last flight at age 90.
Ted enjoyed traveling with Alison to visit friends and relatives in England and Greece, and later to visit Jeremy and Sara’s families as they traveled with their work around the world, including Argentina, Bali, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam. Her last trip was joining Anthony and Lee Anne on a vacation to the Greek Islands in 2018. Of all the trips though, her most favorite was taking her entire extended family of 21 (at the time) to Curacao in 2015, just to celebrate the richness of shared love.
With Ted and Alison moving to Guelph, he became a scorer at his grandson’s T-ball and baseball games, a spectator at hockey games and a proud audience member at his granddaughters’ dance recitals. girls. Ted also maintained the swimming pool of their house on avenue Lyon for all his family and the children of the neighborhood, some of whom learned to swim there.
Per Ted’s wishes, the cremation took place. A visitation with his family will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 23 at St. George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich Street, Guelph, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Unfortunately, public health restrictions are still in place for the region. exclude the possibility of an after-service reception.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Ted’s favorite charity Operation Smile Canada would be greatly appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences can be dropped off at the church or online at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com
Published by Guelph Mercury Tribune on March 18, 2022.