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William Michael (Bill) Clarke, Sr.


Chief Petty Officer, RCN


Died: 28 Jul 2006, Halifax, Nova Scotia


CLARKE, William Michael (Bill) Sr. - 71, Hubbards, passed away in the VG Site, QEII, on July 28, 2006. Born in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont., he was the son of Santa Clarke (currently 103 years of age) and the late William Clarke. A man of the sea, Bill served in the Canadian Navy from 1950-1965. He served in the Tracker Squadron VU33 at Comox, B.C., and served three tours with Squadron VS880 in Comox/Shearwater on the aircraft carriers MAGNIFICENT and BONAVENTURE. Bill also served as Instructor, C.P.O., and Air Crew Division. He was well respected by students he taught. After leaving the navy, he pursued his career as a business owner and operator of Trans World Distributing Ltd. of Dartmouth, founded in 1967. He was president until his recent passing. Bill was a man who loved his work and could be seen at the business on a daily basis. When not working, he could be observed boating on St. Margaretís Bay in his favoured Chris Craft power boat. Bill is survived by daughter, Sylvia Clarke-Greenough, Nanaimo, B.C.; son, William Michael Clarke Jr. and wife Barb Renouf Clarke, Upper Vaughan; grandchildren, Thomas, Michael, Kathryn (Katie), Christian, and Ian. Bill is also survived by his brother, Joseph Thomas Clarke, Halifax, and sister, Mary Grace Pooler, Ottawa, Ont. He was predeceased by his daughter, Colleen Margaret Clarke, Dartmouth. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to all staff attending to Billís needs on floor 5B at the VG. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and/or Multiple Sclerosis Society, Atlantic Division. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive visitors today 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Hubbards. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, St. Anthonyís Catholic Church, Hubbards.


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