CLARKE, Peter Cockett October 5, 1929 - April 26, 2013 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Cockett Clarke of Nanaimo, B.C. Peter will be greatly missed by his wife, Heather; son, Owen (Yvonne); daughter, Catherine (Jim); grandchildren, Lachlan, Finley, Skyler and Makenna and stepsons, Rob and Jay Dyke. Peter was born in Gateshead-on-Tyne, County Durham, England. Following his National Service commitment in England, from 1948 to 1950, Peter obtained a BA degree at Sheffield University and a Physical Education diploma at Carnegie P.E. College in Leeds. Peter taught for a year in England before immigrating to Canada in 1956 with his first wife, Patricia, where they spent a year teaching in Burns Lake, B.C. In August of 1957, they moved to Vancouver Island to continue their teaching careers. Peter taught at Mount Newton Junior Senior Secondary School for four years, served for five years as Deputy Head of the re-established Brentwood College at Mill Bay and re-entered the public school system serving as Vice Principal of Quamichan Junior Secondary in Duncan. Peter left education in 1974 and entered the Life/Disability Insurance business. He was passionate about the game of rugby and cricket both as a player and as a builder. His unfailing commitment and service to both sports is well known and highly regarded by rugby and cricket enthusiasts on Vancouver Island, the mainland, across the country and abroad. In 1996, Peter took up painting, working with watercolor and oils and continued his new found hobby for another seventeen years. He enjoyed playing golf with Heather and travelling with her, visiting the UK, travelling the country by car, attending international rugby matches and cruising in the Mediterranean, the Baltic and Pacific. One of the highlights was spending six months in Australia/New Zealand. A celebration of Peter's life is to be held in the Gil Bunch Auditorium at Brentwood College. The date and time will be announced shortly.
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on May 1, 2013