Kenneth Stewart Clarke 1932 - 2020 It is with much sadness that the family announces Ken's passing at Selkirk Seniors Village in Victoria, BC on December 15, at the age of 88. Ken passed away peacefully in his sleep. Ken was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan to Samuel John Clarke (Little Dolly, Shropshire, England) and Margot Clarke (nee Arbuckle, rural Scotland near Glasgow), the youngest of six children. Predeceased by his parents and his siblings Jimmy, Frank, Don, Vivian, and Jack and by his wife Kay Clarke (nee Schoff). Born and raised in Estevan, he spent much of his youth swimming in the Souris River and playing with his beloved dog Tippy. As a young adult, he was a fixture at the local dance hall and loved to jive. His first job out of high school was with CP Rail. He was later hired by Sask Power where he worked as a Boilermaker and later as a foreman until his retirement. After marrying Lauretta Swanson (Melita, MB) and having two children, (James and Joelene (Deb)) they settled in Saskatoon, SK after years of Ken working on the road. Years later, Ken moved back to Estevan and married Kay. Ken was actively involved with St. Giles Anglican Church, which he attended from a young age. He was a bell-ringer as a boy and throughout his life cherished his faith and his community. He was a crooner who never shied away from belting out a favorite song, or breaking out in song at the slightest enticement. He was also a bowler, active in leagues in Saskatoon and Estevan, and a long time Royal Canadian Legion member who served on the executive committee. "Pops" spent his final few years near his children, James and Joelene, in Victoria, BC where he enjoyed the ocean and the many beautiful trees. He is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his children, his daughter-in-law Cally, and his grandchildren Breeana, Allysha, Morgan and Jake and his ex-wife Lauretta. He is also remembered by Kay's daughters and their children. The family would like to request any donations in Ken's memory be made to St. Giles Anglican Church of Estevan, or directly to Royal Canadian Legion Branch #60, Estevan, SK.
Published in Estevan Mercury from Jan. 13 to Feb. 12, 2021.