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John Joseph Mary CLARKE
1954 - 2020
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JOHN JOSEPH MARY CLARKE August 29, 1954 - October 12, 2020 It is with profound love and sorrow that we announce John's peaceful passing in Calgary with family by his side after a brief illness. He is deeply missed by his great love of 37 years, Deena Soicher; children: Liam (Amy), Amiel, Aymara and Elias; future grandchild; siblings: Elizabeth, Mary Louise, Fiona, Patrick and Fintan; and many beloved nieces and nephews; and friends. John adored nature as an avid cyclist, hiker, and skier. In the 1980s he toured with Deena by bicycle through North, Central and South America, finishing at the southernmost tip of the Americas. Their next adventure was raising four children. John was a caring, considerate, loving man that always showed up for his loved ones. John was a lifelong friend, learner and volunteer. He was a jack of many trades, donating his time to countless non-profits, schools, sports teams, and individuals. Over the years, he donated 67 pints of blood to Canadian Blood Services. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or blood/platelet donations to Canadian Blood Services are most welcome.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21, 2020.
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February 22, 2021
"You are never really gone until the last person that remembers you is"
John was an active member of the Calgary Unix Users' Group. We put a note of gratitude to John on our home page, www.cuug.ab.ca
Christopher Aziz
Friend
November 4, 2020
Not sure I remembered to post the link in my previous message. Here's the link to the tribute the ERPNext paid to John: https://discuss.erpnext.com/t/remembering-john-clarke/67614
Jay Ram
Friend
November 4, 2020
Hi,

The ERPNext community paid a tribute to John. Here's the link to the post. I am not sure if the family was aware of his involvement and commitment to the ERPNext community, but the post and the great things that people have to say about John and his work maybe something that the family might cherish.

The ERPNext community will miss John dearly.

Best Regards

Jay
Jay Ram
Friend
November 4, 2020
Sad to hear of his passing on.
I knew him as a open source (Erpnext) contributor and he did it with passion by helping the community with his knowledge of this great app and surely he has made great contributions in the development of this app.
Surely we shall miss him in this community and always remember him.
May God give his family peace during this difficult time.
Jacob Kamau
Coworker
November 3, 2020
John was a grat fan of ERPNext and so am I. We met and interacted on the ERPNext online community. John was an ardent supporter or ERPNext and he was an expert at answering tricky questions for the community.

John traveled to the ERPNext Conference at Mumbain in October 2018 and it was absolutely awesome meeting him and interacting with him.

I am very sad at John's passing away. I and the ERPNext community will miss him, his enthusiasm and the level of detail with which he used to answer questions on the ERPNext community forum.

Here's hoping his loved ones find the strength and courage to absorb this profound loss and celebrate his wonderful and accomplished life.

I shall miss him for a long time.

Best regards

Jay
Jay Ram
Friend
October 25, 2020
I met John at the Sunnyside school where our children went. Soon we became regular companions in the outdoor pursuits. On the river pathways, in the Rockies we biked, hiked and skied. John was a very loyal friend, patient and always ready to help. As I lost my health he was supporting accompanying me. John it was great having you as a friend.
Zeljko Matijevic
Friend
October 24, 2020
Nothing says more about Dad than this... I found it tucked away on the very last page of his CV. Innocuous, gentle, and thoughtful to a fault, that's our JC.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." Love is my Dad, this is how I will remember him and hold him with overflowing love in my heart, always.

Forever and always, your favourite daughter
Aymara Clarke
Daughter
October 22, 2020
My cousin John was one of a kind. Even though we live in England, my husband Brian and I had had the pleasure of getting to know him in recent years. He flew over especially from Ireland to Hampshire, England, to pay a visit to my very elderly parents. That in itself says all you need to know about John. Anyway, as luck would have it, we had a near breakdown on the M25 motorway. But thankfully John was with us – he was a real calming and reassuring influence. He diagnosed the problem in minutes and helped us get the car to safety at Cobham Services – forever after known as ‘John’s services.’
We were thrilled when John set up and ran a family zoom to include the wider family. We’ve all become a lot closer as a direct result of John’s initiative – what a wonderful legacy to leave.
Knowing his parents Anne and Brendan, it’s not surprising that John was an exceptional guy. He was obviously a man of tremendous goodness and integrity, and will be sorely missed.
Our hearts and thoughts and prayers are with Deena and all the family.
Sending much love, Brian, Rosie, Mike, Andrew and Tom and families.

Rosemarie Proctor
Family
October 19, 2020
Sending condolences and love across many years and many miles to Deena and the whole family. Erica (Stevens Abbitt) and family.
Erica Stevens Abbitt
Friend
October 19, 2020
Sending condolences and love across many years and many miles to Deena and the whole family. Erica (Stevens Abbitt) and family.
Erica Stevens Abbitt
Friend
October 19, 2020
John on the far left U of T Surveyors ski club 1979.
Tim Hartley
Friend
October 19, 2020
In the late 1970’s some of the students of the surveying program at the University of Toronto formed an informal ski club. John or Clarke-ie as we knew him was a founding member. We still meet every winter and although we had not seen John for many years, he will be missed.
Tim Hartley
Friend
October 19, 2020
Helen, Anne-Marie, Michael and Tony, the cousins from Belgium and France, send their deepest condolences to John's wife , children, sisters and brothers. We never had the opportunity to meet in Canada, but our simpathy and prayers go to you all
Helen Smith
Family
October 18, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Doug Connery
Friend
October 18, 2020
John was a high school friend at Brebeuf. I remember him as being kind, shy, gentle, positive and very, very thoughtful. I also remember having a whale of a time with John and another friend when we all went on a triple blind date near the end of grade 13.

His obituary is a loving tribute to a life well lived. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace, old friend.
Mike Neundorf
Friend
October 18, 2020
What a great picture of John. He looks so very happy holding Liam’s hand. It immediately reminded us of this photo of the Dads with Liam and Scott.
Our hearts go out to Deena and the family.
Andy, Kitty, Scott, Owen and Malcolm.
Andy & Kitty
Friend
October 18, 2020
John was a kind and gentle man who always sought to include others. When I visited Canada for his mum's funeral he was, like his brothers and sisters, his wife and his children, absolutely delightful to meet, and showed great interest in everything to do with the family. More recently he organised online family meetings to encourage everyone to keep in touch and support each other. He obviously took great pleasure in playing his part in maintaining these ties. I hope Deena and all his family find some strength in all the tributes which he is receiving. Much love,
David.
David Clark
Family
October 18, 2020
Although I haven't seen John or Deena for many years, our children went through Sunnyside school together and John is one of the loveliest gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Always a ready smile, a listening ear and willingness to help. He will be greatly missed by family and friends, my sympathy and prayers go out to you all.
God Bless, Buzz and boyz.
Buzz Viberg
October 18, 2020
John volunteered raising funds for the Arusha Centre and I always enjoyed his thoughtful, considered, conversations.
Gerald Wheatley
Friend
October 18, 2020
Please accept my deepest condolences at this time. It always makes me feel sad when I hear about someone, whom I have never met, who was as kind and generous as John passing away. Then I am reminded that he lives on through his siblings, his friends and all of the people whose lives he touched. I am then comforted to read God's word in John 14:1-7 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's House are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare to a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." Sending Big virtual hugs to John's siblings, especially Mary Louise. I also had the honor of meeting both of John's parents and some of his other siblings as well. Lifting you and yours up in prayer at this time. Love, your Sister-in-Christ, Heather Cumine
Heather Cumine
Teacher
October 17, 2020
My sympathies to Deena & kids, and extended family.

John was a ski buddy and friend, a gentle giant full of vitality and strength, a generous spirit, a man with an uncompromising love for his family. Rest in peace John. See you in the mountains.
Frank Penkala
Friend
October 17, 2020
Very sorry to hear the news of John's passing. Our condolences to Deena, family and siblings whom we have known for many years.
Sheila and John Bieman
Friend
October 17, 2020
So very sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a great friend from our university days and we enjoyed many occasions skiing and hiking together. John was one of the most thoughtful individuals I have ever known.
Bill and Lynda Merry
Bill Merry
Friend
October 17, 2020
Perhaps Bob Marley said it best ...”The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to positively affect those around him.”... John was a humble giant whose values remain in the lives of his wife and children. So sorry for your loss ❤
judy gray
Friend
October 17, 2020
John and my cousin Deena were the perfect match for each other and together raised four wonderful children. It is unfortunate that they live so far away from us and we haven’t seen them for many years since Deena’s mother, my beloved aunt, passed away.

Cynthia, Yettive and I send our deepest condolences. May he rest in peace.

Michael Crestohl,
Marblehead Massachusetts
Cynthia, Yettive and Michael Crestohl
Family
October 17, 2020
I grew up on Havenbrook Blvd and a friend of Elizabeth Clarke. My mother was friends with John’s parents. My memory was of a loving family and I’m sure John continued that with his own family. Condolences to all.
Maurene and Tony Atherton
Maurene Atherton
Friend
October 17, 2020
John was a great person. helpful, thoughtful, friendly, thinking of others more than himself. we miss him.
Wolfi, Fiona & girls
Family
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