Al’s faith in God was foundation of his life

A former Portadown man has passed away in Canada.

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 12:56 pm

Walter Alwyn Clarke, affectionately known as Al went to be with the Lord on May 191. He passed peacefully in his sleep at home with his family at the bedside.

Al was a beloved husband to Elizabeth for 61 years, a devoted father to Grant, Tracy (Carl Nelson) and Jillian (David McDougall).

He was also a very proud grandfather to Emily, Carlie and Eli McDougall.

Predeceased by his parents Herbert and Pheobe Clarke and his brother Wilbert. Mourning his loss are his brothers Ian and Ynyr and his sister Audrey Gaythwaite.

Al was born in 1935 in Portadown

His passions and pursuits included soccer, track cycling and music.

He enjoyed playing piano and accordion. He emigrated to Canada in 1956 to join his brother Ian in Toronto.

As a young man he had many adventures travelling in the western provinces and playing soccer for Calgary.

Al and Elizabeth were married in 1960.

He began a successful pharmaceutical sales career in 1962 and later transitioned to the furniture industry, representing companies in Ontario, Quebec and U.S.A.

After retirement in 2009, he and Elizabeth moved to Muskoka to be near family.

Al’s faith and trust in God has been the foundation to his life. He was a joyful person, always optimistic, friendly, welcoming and caring. He had a kind and encouraging word for each and anyone and showed compassion to all he met. Al loved his family well and will be sorely missed.

In keeping with Al’s eternally grateful spirit, the family wishes to thank Dr. Hudson, Dr. Lam and team, also the wonderful Hope Huntsville Palliative Care team. Thank you to our thoughtful neighbours in Port Sydney, whose kindness has meant so much to the family.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private funeral service was held at Faith Baptist Church on Thursday, May 27.

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