WO George Edward Clarke, CD (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the death of Warrant Officer George Edward Clarke, CD (Ret’d) of Chilliwack, BC on 26 July 2018 at age 81.
Born in Oshawa, ON George grew-up in Orillia, ON. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954 at the age of seventeen and, during a five-year hitch served aboard the destroyer escort HMCS Nootka and the HMCS aircraft carriers Magnificent and Bonaventure.
After his release from the Navy and a brief season as a milkman, George then returned to military service - this time with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He served at various military bases including: Winnipeg, MB; Metz, France; Portage la Prairie, MB; Armstrong, ON; Trenton, ON; and Chilliwack, BC. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1979 at the rank of Warrant Officer.. George then held a civilian position at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering as a Vocational Trade Instructor with Construction Engineering Training Squadron and, later, as a Mechanical Design Estimator until his final retirement in 1993. In total, George served Canada for 37 years. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion since 1959.
A Celebration of Life was held 11 days prior to George's passing when he was joined by 25 family members and a few special friends for a cruise on Harrison Lake followed by a dinner. By George’s request, no visitation, viewing, or services will be held and his cremated remains will be handled as he requested. Donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC; Alzheimer Society of BC; or the Canadian Cancer Society.