We are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of Edward (Eddy) Clark, our dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin & good friend on November 13, 2020. Memorial service & lunch was held July 24, 2021 at Mayfair Community Hall with interment at Mayfair Cemetery with Reverend Cornie Martens as celebrant. Cornie & Marlene Martens led the family with a beautiful song, Amazing Grace. The obituary was read by Clint Tomanek, nephew. Edward Earl Clark was born in Hafford, Sk, November 10, 1952, to Fred & Esther Clark. Waiting anxiously at home for his arrival were his big sister Carol & big brother Bill. Cathy didn't enter the picture for four more years. Eddy or Sparky, as his friends affectionately called him, attended Mayfair Central school from grades 1-12. He was active in a variety of sports at school & the following years. Fastball, hockey, broom ball & curling to name a few. Eddy loved music & concerts. He attended some well known artists. The group Chicago, Rod Stewart, Tim McGraw, Lady A, Tina Turner & Billy Joel to mention a few. His laugh was priceless! Eddy enjoyed fishing & during summer vacation he'd hop the bus to Loon Lake, sometimes with Cathy, & stay with Aunt Ollie & Uncle Urses or later at Linda & Guy's cabin. He always treasured these memories with his cousins. Eddy helped his dad farm & after graduation he devoted full time to farming. When his dad took sick, Eddy took over the farming duties. Eddy had a strong love for the farm. Carol, Ron & Kevin moved to the John Balzer farm in the fall of 1980 & farmed with Eddy. After Eddy's dad passed away in 1987 Eddy continued farming & helping his mum at the farm till she passed in 1989. Carol's husband, Ron, passed away in 1995 then Kevin farmed along side of Eddy till 2009. Eddy was so very proud when the Clark farm received the 100 year Heritage Farm Award in May 2013. Eddy had a love for animals whether it was cats, dogs, a chinchilla, cattle or bison. He had the kindest heart. He bottle fed a few calves & even a little orange bison baby & he would play with it & it would follow him around. Eddy was very honest, loyal, kind, loving & caring. He didn't possess a lazy bone in his body. He loved & treasured family get togethers. This was evident by his huge smile & infectious laugh. And oh how he loved to tease! He'd get his sons, niece & nephews wound up & then laugh. He always made sure he contributed his share & more. Eddy loved to travel. He thoroughly enjoyed his trip to Honolulu. that was his first experience of flying & he loved it. Bill, Barb & Cathy can still remember Eddy weaving down the street. Not because he had too many Mai Tais but the back of his legs were burnt & so was the top of his head! He loved the International Market Place & wanted to barter for a huge brass giraffe for Cathy. With smaller farms struggling, Eddy decided to rent some of his land & work for Rick Adams. He enjoyed this but being a true farmer, he still worried during Spring & Fall. Eddy joined Rain & Hail Insurance in 2010 & continued until his passing. He loved it. Eddy respected & valued his coworkers & customers. His coworkers were his work family. He cared about them. He got to see many new areas & people. He was always happy to share his travel adventures. Eddy's sons Curtis and Shaye remember their dad's many stories. There was always a glitter in his eyes and smile as he told about the broom ball days and how the other guys would protect him as he was one of the smaller guys out there. Or how the guys at an arena used a coat hanger to unlock a car not to mention what happened at the hotels. He enjoyed the gatherings after fastball games. This was the start of where his sons realized the vast amount of friends he made wherever he went. He had the utmost patience and kindness a person could ask for in a parent with wisdom in an abundance. He taught his boys some great lessons throughout their growth. Eddy truly believed in helping anyone he could without asking for it in return. When offered cash for pulling cars out on the corner on frigid winter nights, he would always say no thanks, one day I may need help and hope someone would help me. This resonated through his character. He always tried to include everyone in everything and make others smile. Even if this meant making a 20 minute grocery shop last two hours as he said hello and inquired on everyone's well being. Ending with a "see's you later" and a nice wave. He loved to talk politics as all farmers do. To which the conversation would end with "ahhh they are all crooks anyway" as he laughed about it. There always seemed to be a way he could make a joke or lighten things up no matter how challenging things may be. In his sons eyes, there's no better man to strive to be like. With the loss of a man so loved and admired by friends, family, teammates and more, we are sure there will always be a hole in our hearts, an emptiness; one we can be sure that his smile from the heavens will help heal. Special memories of Eddy were shared by good friends all through the afternoon. Kristie Tomanek, Dave Stewart, Orest Ewanchuk & Ray & Shelley Martin to name a few. Our Memories of Eddie Clark by Ray & Shelley: Eddy was a large as life figure in the community of Mayfair. He was well known and respected for his numerous volunteer activities. His positive attitude and dedication made our community a better place to live and the list of his contributions and longer list of friends was a result of his character. These are just some of his involvements: Eddy represented Division Three as an RM of Meeting Lake councillor for several years and was remembered for his practical thinking and his integrity. He gave me great advice on matters related to his position when I also represented division two. Eddy's volunteer work in the community was extensive. Here are some examples that we remember. He was active on the Mafyair Recreation Board in several positions for a number of years. He seldom missed a meeting and was always ready to support every plan that came forward. Fundraising always saw him working countless events such as local snowmobile rallies or bingos in North Battleford, and dances and suppers in the community hall. He was a board member of the Planning Committee to build the new Mayfair Arena after the old one collapsed. Of course, he was one of the first loan guarantors in securing new funding for reconstruction. I relied on him heavily to assist in several large projects in the completion phase at the Mayfair Arena. He was always my first phone call and he never let me down. Other events included Mayfair Reunions, hockey and broom ball tournament and any project where help was needed. He was tireless. Eddy was a great athlete. He excelled at many sports. He played broom ball for years in Mayfair and was skilled and dependable. He knew the game well, and would also referee. He was a great teammate. He was well respected by his teammates and opposing teams alike. He coached the Mayfair Womens Broomball Team and the girls loved him. He was always such a gentleman and had such a wonderful sense of humor. They wouldn't have had anyone else. He loved curling and hockey and I played a lot of games as his teammate with the Mayfair Wreckers hockey club. We had great laughs and when the team needed volunteers for a fundraiser, he was the first one there, always. I was lucky to play many seasons of fastball with Eddy as member of the Whitkow Aces. The team had great success and he was our second baseman for most of it. We played hard and partied hard and no one had a better time than us. He was a fixture at games, tournaments, and league finals. We celebrated many victories with a wiener roast or beers in the Whitkow hotel. It was such a tight knit group and was much like a large family. The best windup parties ever were at Eddy's on the farm, and he was such a wonderful host. Along with wonderful food and beverages, there was always music, games and singing. Loudest of all was the sound of laughter. Most will never forget it. As a neighbour, he was always the kindest, most generous and fair person to stand next to. With all the ups and downs of farming, we went through many years together and he never lost his optimism or his broad smile. Our entire family knew how fortunate we were to farm along side his. You couldn't ask for better. As a friend, I never met anyone that I could trust more. I could talk to him about anything and Shelly and I always knew what a special person he was. Our family visits were never complete without him and that was one thing I will always remember. Your entire family were wonderful company and hosts and those were memories that are still fresh. Our kids thought of him as family and still talk about his playful nature and funny little things that happened. I remember him coming up to Sandy Lake and pitting in with us or times camping and fishing at other lakes. Meals together were very special. Great times. Moving from Mayfair was tough mostly because of the memories of what had passed and I thought of Eddy often, although I was not seeing him very often. Shelly would see him at Sasktel and I was sad that I missed the opportunity but I was glad to run into Kevin Dewing occasionally to get some family news. I wish I would have picked up the damn phone more often. I honestly don't think a person could find a better friend and wish I would have been there more than I was. He will be sorely missed and long remembered. We were all lucky to know him and so sorry to see him go. "Sees ya later…." We love & miss you Dad, Grampa, Eddy, Uncle Eddy. Eddy is survived by his sons, Curtis (Becky), Shaye (Carrie) & twin granddaughters, Kylie & Sophie, siblings Carol Dewing, Bill (Barb) Clark, Cathy (Walter) Tomanek & our families. He was predeceased by his parents, Fred & Esther Clark & brother-in-law, Ron Dewing. All our families wish to thank everyone for the outpouring of love & kindness shown to us. We can't express how much this meant. A huge thank you to Trevor Watts & Eternal Memories, BUH Emergency, Reverend Cornie Martens & Marlene, the Mayfair CWL ladies, Clint Tomanek, Ambrose Hartman, Daryl L'Heureux, Ray & Shelley Martin & anyone who made this a very special day for dad, Eddy. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Published in The Battlefords News-Optimist from Sep. 9 to Oct. 9, 2021.