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George Denton Clark


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George Denton Clark

Melbourne

Former president and CEO of RCA Inc. (Canada), George Denton Clark, died Sunday the 20th of August at the Viera Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Denton was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada on January 29, 1924. His youth was spent on a family farm. In 1942 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and served in the capacity of Sgt Pilot with the allied forces in England as a flying instructor.

After WWII, Denton attended the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and received his B.Sc.EE (Electrical Engineering) in 1950. At this time, he joined the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) as an engineering officer; and while in the army, was granted leave to attend McGill University where he received his Master of Engineering degree in 1952.

A young, talented electrical engineer, Denton soon caught the attention of the RCA Victor Company Ltd in Montreal; and by 1958, was transferred to the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) at their Camden, NJ location. While in New Jersey, his work involved the engineering, installation and operation of RCA's Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) developed for the U.S. Air Force.

In 1960, he was relocated to Florida to manage the RCA Missile Test Project at Patrick Air Force Base and "the Cape". For the next twelve years, Denton and his family lived in Cocoa Beach at the height of NASA's manned space program.

After his success in Florida, RCA promoted Denton in 1972 to the position of Vice President of Operations in Cherry Hill, NJ. Within that same year, he was relocated to Canada when appointed as President and Chairman of RCA Inc (Canada) - the role he fulfilled until retirement in 1987.

During his business career, Denton was active in the Florida community. He was a Director of the Barnett First National Bank of Cocoa; a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of the Florida Institute of Technology; a Director of the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce; founder of the Missile, Space, & Range Pioneers; a member of the Florida Council of 100; an officer in the Rotary; and, an elder at Riverside Presbyterian Church. He was a Charter organizer of the Cocoa Beach Golf Club and a member of Suntree Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed golfing and even hit two "holes-in-one" over his lifetime.

Upon retirement, Denton and wife Janet divided their time between Florida and PEI. Janet was Denton's childhood sweetheart. They married on August 7, 1946 and reached the rare milestone of a 70th wedding anniversary - celebrated in 2016 while living at The Brennity in Viera.

Denton was known for his creative mind and tremendous handyman skills. Over a lifetime, he engineered many DIY projects: built a house trailer and a motorboat; remodeled countless basements; rebuilt his ancestral farmhouse; and, received numerous accolades for the restoration of his 1966 Mustang.

Survivors include his wife Janet; a son Bryan Clark; daughters Betty (Tom) Price and Barbara (Randy) Helander; and one grandson Robert Price.

Interment will take place in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Memorial contributions will be gratefully received by the Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32901.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27, 2017
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