MCBURNEY, Harry Clarence 1917 - 2014 . Harry Clarence (Clare) McBurney died peacefully on Thursday February 27, 2014 in Tsawwassen, BC at the age of 96. He survived his wife of 71 years, Billie, by four months. Clare was born on May 22, 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the 5th of 6 children. He grew up in Winnipeg's North End, graduating from St. John's High School. After graduation he was lucky to find employment as a paymaster for a gold mine in Northern Manitoba. After the mine closed down he found work on the Canadian Pacific Railway, then the war came. . Clare served as a Communications Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy during the war, helping to guard the merchant fleets that brought vital supplies from North America to England. In the midst of WWII, on December 12, 1942, Clare married his sweetheart Billie in her hometown of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Following the war Clare continued to work for the CPR in the Sleeping and Dining Car Department. His job moved the family from Moose Jaw to Calgary to Winnipeg to Montreal and then finally to Tsawwassen. After retirement Clare briefly took the job of school bus driving. In his leisure time Clare was an avid curler and golfer. He spent countless hours caring for the wonderful wooded garden he maintained on his property on Stevens Drive. . Clare is survived by his children Pat, Mike (Janet) and Betty (Henry); grandchildren Ryan (Nadia) Kinrade, Erin Kinrade, Diana (Adam) Loyer, Andrea McBurney, Christopher, Colin (Suzy) Mingus; and 8 great-grandchildren. His life was full of love and pride in his family, and he will be remembered with admiration and gratitude by his descendants. Please celebrate his life with fond memories. A private family interment will be held in the Tsawwassen United Church Memorial Garden, a garden he and Billie helped build. . Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040
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Published in The Delta Optimist from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2014