NANCY CAROLINE (ALLYN) CLARKE 1913 - 2012 Nancy Caroline (Allyn) Clarke passed away in her sleep early on November 21, 2012, 99 years, 10 months and 1 week from her birth in Winnipeg. The middle child of seven, she spent most of her childhood and teens in the town of Montreal West; a town that spawned rich friendships and memories that stayed with her throughout her life. Like her siblings, Nancy was sent to the States for post secondary education by their New England parents. Her 4 years at Mount Holyoke College enriched her circle of friends. Returning to Montreal, she studied accounting at MCGill University joining the Royal Bank of Canada working on the correspondence in Spanish with their South American branches. This work ended when she married the boy next door, Thomas Roy Clarke in 1937. Thus began her life in mining camps throughout northern Ontario and Quebec. She spent the war years from 1942 to 1946, in Montreal bringing up two small boys and one large Victory Garden while Roy served in the Royal Canadian Engineers in the UK and Europe. In 1946, the family returned to the North and two more sons were born. With her oldest son approaching high school age, the family moved to Toronto spending their summers at various far flung mining ventures scattered across the country. In Toronto, Nancy was very active in the church, school and scout community serving as newsletter editor and president of two Home and School Organizations and as treasurer of Saint James-Bond United Church for many years. In 1961, Nancy re-entered the workplace as a clerical worker for the Canadian Trade Index, an annual publication of the Canadian Manufacturers Association. With her keen mind and her phenomenal memory, she quickly rose through the ranks to become first the Assistant Editor and then the Editor of this publication, managing its transition into the age of electronic information management, layout and printing. She finally retired from this position when at age 71 she could no longer deposit her pension cheques in an RRSP. Nancy did not stay retired. SPRINT, (Senior Peoples' Resources in North Toronto), welcomed her office skills and she continued as a regular volunteer until her failing vision caused her to resign at the age of 97. Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Roy, her beloved infant son, Larry, and her daughter-in-law, Beth Hoen. She is survived by her sons, Thomas (Katherine), Allyn (Sandra) and Warner; grandchildren, Michelle (Beau), Rebecca (Juan), Nancy (Seth), Christopher (Rebecca), Caroline, and David (Morgan); great-grandchildren, Alex, James, Aliyah, Nyla, Yael, and Ben. She will be sorely missed by three generations of her large extended family of nieces, nephews and Barbara Carroll, who provided friendship and support in recent years. A service of remembrance will be held at FAIRLAWN AVENUE UNITED CHURCH, 28 Fairlawn Avenue, at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 29th followed by a reception. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, November 28th at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stop lights west of Yonge St.). Cremation has already taken place. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to SPRINT (Senior Peoples' Resources in North Toronto) or Fairlawn Avenue United Church.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Nov. 24, 2012