John Samuel Clark, born February 2, 1919 in New Westminster, died April 21, 2004 in Saanich.
Inspired (and inspiring) teacher in Quesnel and Saanich for many years, World War II veteran and a never failing, much valued source of support to his family, friends, colleagues and former students.
After a number of adventures as a young man in the great depression of the 1930’s, including playing provincial football and working as a roofer, John volunteered for service with the RCAF in World War II. While attached to the RCAF, he served as a technician in the, then brand new, field of Radar in England, Egypt and Palestine, returning to BC after the cessation of hostilities. John then attended UBC, taking his teaching degree in 1948. He worked as a teacher until his retirement in 1980, served as Principal of Royal Oak School for several years, and throughout his teaching career pursued his primary passion, the teaching of biology, especially zoology.
He is predeceased by his brother Les, his first wife Winifred and his second wife Norma, survived by his brother Ray, his sisters Marion and Edith, his children Patricia and Ian and his step-children Bob and Dave.
He is lovingly remembered by numerous grandchildren, nephews, nieces, friends, colleagues and former students both on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the David Suzuki Foundation, 2211 West 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6K 4S2 or to the Palliative Care Unit of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, 2166 Mount Newton Cross Rd., Saanichton, BC V8M 2B2, whose caring professionals the family gratefully thanks.
No service was requested. A celebration of life will be held at a later date and a web memorial will be established shortly at www.mem.com