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    Courtice, ON
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Brian "Bud" Clarke 1959 - 2012
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May 15, 2012
I remember when I was in Oshawa one Christmas with no family in town, Glenn and Brian invited me to their home for Christmas dinner along with Terry and his friend. We laughed and shared jokes and stories. It was so warming to spend time with both of you, my extended family.

I remember the time when Brian and Glenn were helping me get rid of my old sofa. It weighed a ton! Brian was hoisting it into their trailer and I was trying to lift it up from my end and he got exasperated because it wasn't quite fitting, so he pushed it back out but I wasn't ready and it landed on my big toe. I was squawking and he looked so stunned - then he said that shows you shouldn't have a sofa you can't handle!

Glenn, may you always hold a special memory of Brian in your heart and feel the warmth and love.
Love Cath
May 14, 2012
From Beverly



Going to Walmart or Home Depot and whenever he would see a young man Uncle Brian would always ask them if they wanted a girlfriend cause he knew 2 girls that were looking...



When we were in the van driving with Uncle Brian and Lisa, I would always keep saying where we going.....or how much longer and Uncle Brian would stop where ever he was even in traffic (being careful as always) turn around and get so upset in a playful way and say “if I hear you girls say that one more time I will not take you girls anywhere”.



When we were having family get togethers a waterfight would always break out and at one time Uncle Brian ended up coming up the front entrance stairs inside the house with a water hose and sprayed everyone in the kitchen then we tried to run around the kitchen and we would wipe out cause there was so much water on the floor...



Another time was the day I locked my keys in my car with the car running and Uncle Brian just sat in the Window watching me....with that smile…..
May 12, 2012
I have so many memories I remember when Steve and I bought a B.B.Q with a rotissaire for chicken and Brian wanted to try it out and asked if we had anything to cook on it .Looking at the picture on the box he ripped it up and started cooking the picture of the chicken on the B.B.Q. ( he was hungry)

Another memory is the day we came for dinner at the townhouse in Toronto and Glenn bought parrot this bird didn't like Brian and tolerated it. The bird ate wallpaper Brian had just put up and chewed the coffee table. And had an attitude toward Brian. That evening we decided to have KFC for dinner the bird squawked and growled at Brian. Brain's had enough looking the bird in the eye he said " This could be you next time shut up!

At Christmas time very young Danielle and David remember Brian taking them to the store to get Candy Canes to put in the Food boxes for a treat because there had to be something special in the boxes for little kids and attached notes to say Merry Christmas.

My Last memory is one I will hold in my heart for ever and that is this past Christmas Sitting with Brian in the living-room waiting for Glenn to get ready. We talked and had a wonderful visit. At the end of the night Brian gave the BIGGEST HUG it was so warm and inviting I feel it and looked forward to our next visit and phone call.

Rose Steve and Family
May 4, 2012
April 25, 2012

Glenn –

I am so sorry about Brian. I had every intention of being at both the viewing and the funeral, but my arthritis flared and I have been in bed for the past 4 days. Just back to work now.

When you are feeling up to it, I would like to take you out to dinner so we can visit.

My prayers are with you as always.
May 4, 2012
Hi Glenn, I just received a voicemail message today from Grace advising me of your tragic loss....I know there is nothing that can be said or done at this time that will help in any way but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief....I know Brian meant the world to you and I really do feel for you as I've had some terribles losses myself this past year and I truly feel your pain. If there's anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask....
Luv always your friend Karen Lewis
May 4, 2012
April 24, 2012

Hi Glenn;

I am terribly sorry to hear the news of your husband passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. I can only imagine what a terrible time you must be going through, but I know you have great family and friends to see you through.
I can only pray to God to give you and your family the strength and the courage to cope with this loss.

You are in my prayers

Take care

With Warm Wishes

Ann-Marie Nembhard
May 4, 2012
Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I feel about Brian's passing. Even though I could not be present during the visitation or the funeral, I have, and continue to think about you during this difficult time. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. My sincere sympathies,

David Cekani
May 4, 2012
Oh Glenn
I was so sorry to hear about Brian...
my thoughts are with you....
you take care of yourself!

Heather Cormier
May 4, 2012
Hi Glen,
Sorry to learn about the sad demise of Brian. Please accept my deepest condolences. May the soul rest in eternal peace and May you and all the family members find courage to bear this loss.
I came to know this morning that yesterday was the visitation otherwise I would have come with my family. Paul and Laura are there at the funeral. Please accept my apologies that I could not come to pay the visit.
With deepest prayers and warm regards,

Laila Basaria
May 4, 2012
April 23, 2012
Glenn, I can't tell you how very, very sorry I am to hear about Brian! Horrible.
I know it will be a major adjustment to go on without him; he was such a fundamental part of your life!!
My heart truly goes out to you, Glenn. You're in my thoughts so much.
Syd and I are off to London tomorrow, but we'll talk when I get back!
Hugs to you,

Margot Murray
May 3, 2012
Dear Glen,
I am deeply saddened by the sudden death of Brian. For a week I am trying to write to you. How to choose the right words which might for a moment help to warm up your heart and tell you that you are not alone. Unfortunately I know how you feel when you lose somebody who is close to you and somebody you love.
When we lose someone we love, it seems that time stands still. What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why they left us so soon, or why they left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that they died, but that they lived. And that their life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.
Your Brian will be always with you and this is something that not even death can take away from you. Please be strong and accept my most sincere condolences.

Vesna
May 3, 2012
Thinking of you and sending my luv. Have reflected on you and Brian a lot since last Monday and hope that everything went well out east and you can be at peace now that Brian is I did not realize that you and Brian were so spiritual and involved in your charity. I am sure that the support and comfort you find with both will help you through this difficult time. . If there is anything that Mike and I can do for you, you only need to ask. We would like to make a donation in Brian memory to your charity so please provide the contact information whenever you have time. . If there is anything that Mike and I can do for you, you only need to ask.

Bette Kearney,
May 3, 2012
I just learned of your loss this morning and wanted to express my condolences. There are no words but I hope you're doing as well as can be expected.

Sincerely,
Ann Boyle
April 23, 2012
As your 7 year old great niece Lilly said today, "We will always know him, we will always miss him, we will always remember him, we will always know he was a wonderful person, because we will always know him in our hearts." Love you always Uncle Brian.
April 23, 2012
"Dear Glenn, Very sorry to learn about the sad demise of Brian. May the soul rest in eternal peace. Our thoughts and prayers with you".

Laila, Saleem and Zaeem Basaria
April 23, 2012
Dear Glenn,

We are sorry for your lost. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Winnie, Patsy and Brian Chung
April 23, 2012
To David and Family:

Sorry to hear of your Uncle Brian's passing. Wish we could be with you during this difficult time but due to circumstances we are unable. Please know that we are thinking about you all and will remember your family in our prayers.

Heartfelt Sympathy:
April 23, 2012
I have good memories of your family and am sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Brian. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Barbara (Warman) Tetz and family.
April 22, 2012
Dear Glenn

I am very sorry for the loss of your partner, Brian. I admire you for your bravery and wish you continued strength during sad moments.

Best regards

Karen Mergler
April 22, 2012
Glenn and Family: I am so sorry to hear about Brian's passing. My sincerest condolences to you and your families.
April 22, 2012
Hello Glenn and Family:
We are sorry to hear of Brian's death and want you to know you will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken and Lorraine Vickery
April 22, 2012
dear clenn and daphne and family of brian, i am sorry to hear of you loss. i know that he is with god today and he is loved more than we can realize, gods blessings be with you as you morn his passing. and you will all be in my heart and prayers. love you all your friend beulah.
April 22, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 22, 2012
Uncle Brian was a very special person. Today, as all his friends and family gather to remember him, my heart aches because I cannot be there. My heart, my thoughts and my prayers will be with all of you who have gathered.

Thursday morning, April 19/2012, around 5:30am I received a phone call from my mom that would change mine and my families lives. My mom told me that Uncle Brian had gone,my reply was gone ...gone where? and she replied passed away and I don't think it hit me at that point but once I got off the phone the realization had set in.

All day 2 songs kept going through my head "Further Along" and Gathering Flowers". When I went to bed that night I was hoping that when I woke up that it was all just a dream. Then again I realized that Uncle Brian had passed away.

Today my heart aches as I am so many miles away, it feels like I have lost a little part of me and I find myslef sitting and asking WHY? WHY? would something like this happen. It feels like there is a void in our family.

I guess God brings everyone into this world for a purpose and when that is fulfilled God takes them away. I believe that Uncle Brian served his purpose in life. He was around for 52 short years and through those 52 years he touched so many lives by his love, thoughtfulness, his respect for others and his ongoing humour and I'm sure they have hockey pucks in heaven.

Today Uncle Brian is in a better place, he is in Heaven with the angels, Uncle Brian please give Pop Clarke and Uncle Wayne big hugs and kisses for all of us.

Uncle Brian's passing will not be easy on all of us and it may take awhile for us to bounce back and when you and I sit and start to ask why we can always look to the words of a song "Further along we'll know all about it, Further along we'll understand why, cheer up my brother live in the sunshine, we'll understand it all by and by."

We love you Uncle Brian we will miss you tremendously. I will always love you and you will always be in my heart. May you rest in peace and enjoy your party with the saints.

Love from your niece,
April 22, 2012
Glenn, Kathy and family. Sorry and oh so shocked to hear about Brian. He will be remembered fondly. You are all in my prayers.
April 21, 2012
It was with great sadness that we received a phone call telling us of Brian's death. We pray that God will sustain you all through this difficult time period. Hugs and Prayers, Pastor Richard Warman and Rosemary
April 21, 2012
Dear Glenn, Brian will be sadly missed. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts hope and prayers are with you ...

Cindy
April 21, 2012
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
April 20, 2012
May God be your strength and hope in this difficult time. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid, ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also.
April 20, 2012
Kathy and Gary (and family),
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you and praying that God heals your pain.
April 20, 2012
Dear Glenn,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Brian. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Grace Caira
April 20, 2012
Dear Glenn Please accept my condolences on the death of Brian. It was a shock to hear of his passing at such a young age. I know mere words may offer but little comfort at this time, but know that my deepest feelings of sympathy lie with you and Brian's family. ....Milee Valerio
April 20, 2012
Glenn, I am sorry for your loss.My thoughts & prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
April 20, 2012
Dear Terry & Frank:

It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. Although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.

May it comfort you and your family to know that others care.

Our Prayers, Thoughts and Love are with you
April 20, 2012
Dear Glenn and family,Sorry to hear about Brian, he will be greatly missed.My prayers are with you and the family.Von and Don,Grande Prairie AB.
April 20, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 20, 2012
Dear Glenn, I am so sorry to hear this. I am thinking of you.....
Deana O'Reilly
April 20, 2012
Glenn
My prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
All the Best
Jim Church
April 20, 2012
Dear Terry, Frank and Family,

Please accept our sincerest condolences as you deal with your sudden loss. You are in our thought and prayers.

We know not the hour or the moment when we will, as some express it, 'graduate to the glory of eternal life'. We know that it is rarely of our design and we know that it's always difficult to face that moment. We want to turn back the clock because we never feel we have had enough time with those we love. But those of us who live with faith are eventually able to accept the cycle of life and , in time, find comfort and healing in the knowledge that the gifts and promise of eternal life is there for us all. Those gone before are just on a pathway with outstretched arms and hands waiting to hold us again. Though your loved one is gone from sight, the spirit of his eternal existence will work in subtle ways to comfort you and remind you that he will never really be gone from you.

May God's blessing rain on all of you at this sad time.

Gary and Merrill
April 20, 2012
Dear Glenn, family and friends, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Teresa Arena (Brookfield Residential Services Ltd).
April 20, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sadness and remembering. We have good memories of the whole family and feel your sorrow.
April 19, 2012
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
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