Obituary of Andrew Clark
~~It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing on July 25, 2017, of our father Andrew Clark in his 86th year at home in Georgetown with his family by his side. Dad fought a 17 year long battle with cancer but could not overcome a recent aggressive spread of the disease to his pancreas. And, reflecting the dignity that defined his life he waited for everyone to fall asleep before leaving us. He leaves behind his wife and sweetheart June of 58 years, sons Brad (Kim), Cameron, Fraser (Julie) and sisters-in-law Katie, Audrey, Pat, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was an “awesome” Grampa to Alex, Sarah, Charlotte, Colin, and Levi whom he loved and enjoyed so much. He was pre-deceased by his brothers John, Bill, Tommy, his sisters Jesse, and most recently Susan.
Andy was born in Kirkfield Bank, Scotland on July 9, 1931 to Andrew and Agnes (nee Mitchell). After apprenticing as a tractor mechanic and having served his national service in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, he decided to follow brothers Bill and John to Canada where he could pursue new beginnings in the country with which he shared the ideals of opportunity, growth, peace and tolerance. In 1957 he immigrated to Canada with most of his remaining family following him too on the same steamship. Landing in Quebec City, they travelled to Toronto by train where he quickly established roots in the City and found employment with various companies performing maintenance on mechanical systems, met and married our mother, acquired a cottage in Haliburton, started a family, and finally found steady employment with the former Toronto Board of Education in 1965 as a stationary engineer. Later that year, mom and dad purchased their first and only house. Dad remained with the Board of Education for the rest of his working time finishing in the capacity as a Supervisor of Plant Operations when he retired in 1994. It was evident Dad really enjoyed his Board years, especially his association with colleagues, Al and Erroll who became his friends and would meet regularly for fish and chips. He loved his Board days almost as much as he enjoyed the beautiful game and his special attachment to the Glasgow Celtic Football Club. Hockey was a very close second to football and he didn’t need to watch the Celtic or Leafs to enjoy both sports, he loved them equally. Always willing to lend a hand, “Handy Andy” could find a solution for any mechanical, building or plumbing problem. And, he had the gift of making people feel like they were an immediate friend on first meeting them with his kind smile, and demeanour. Our world was made richer with your being there for us Dad, but is now emptier with you gone from it. You will be greatly missed. Because Andy was everybody’s best friend, a Celebration of his life in a Scottish manner is being planned for late August. A date will soon be announced.
Special thanks to Dad’s support team from the University Health Network, and Trillium Health Network including: Dr. Greig (Toronto General Hospital), Dr. Feld and Dr. Wei (Princess Margaret Hospital), Dr. Darling and Dr. Zeni (Georgetown palliative care), Dr. Yu, Dr. Brade and RN Carole Cowie (Radiation Oncology at Credit Valley Hospital), Dr. Townsley (Women’s College Hospital), Dr. Kozak family physician, pharmacists Ivy, Angela and the staff at the Superstore in Georgetown for their love and prayers, the army of nurses especially Shari Moura from the McCAIN Pancreatic Centre/HPB of Princess Margaret Hospital, and the LINH/CCAC of Halton especially Brenda, and Jericho.
Donations may be made in Andy’s memory to: Cancer Assistance Services Halton (CAS), University Health Network, Princess Margaret Hospital, Women’s College Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Credit Valley Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Hospital, Georgetown Hospital, or the Canadian Cancer Society.
AN HONEST man here lies at rest
As e’er God with his image blest;
The friend of man, the friend of truth,
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so informed:
If there’s another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this