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CLARE, Judge Lorne Patterson On March 29, 2010, hard working hands were laid to rest and a compassionate heart stopped beating. Lorne Clare was born in New Westminster on June 6th, 1930 and is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eileen, and his two daughters, Kelly Rebecca (Tom) Selkirk and Patricia Dawne Clare (Peter Wilcox), his grandchildren Brady, Alex and Neal. Lorne is also survived by his brother-in-law, Jim Dickson, who spent his teen years being raised with our family. It has been a blessing and a privilege to call ourselves the family of Lorne Clare. He gave the word gentleman its true meaning by being a very gentle man. His word was his honor and his hand shake was his contract. With a twinkle in his eye, you knew he had saved a special joke just for you, and with a single low chuckle, you knew when you had delighted him! Dad loved his friends and there was no truer friend than he, with the loyalty he held for those close to him. Lorne practiced law in New Westminster for 23 years and was then appointed and sat as a Provincial Court Judge for another 23 years. Our Dad believed in the legal system and defended everyone's entitlement to justice. He loved his work dearly, yet it still made us all nervous when he would come home from court announcing that I saw someone that you know today! Lorne was a past president of the New Westminster Bar Association, a Director of the Westminster Club; and a New Westminster Police Commissioner. Dad was also a founding member and Director of the Queen's Park Extended Care Hospital where he worked tirelessly to ensure the rights of the elderly were not overlooked. Lorne was an involved member of the Coquitlam Search and Rescue Team where he suffered his first heart attack, but still said the thrill was worth it! Our Dad loved his family and enjoyed his retired years at Crescent Beach with Mom. He never tired remembering all the little things that pleased us. From fixing our things, to finding our things, he knew what to do to please each and every one of us with a quiet and gracious gesture. Lorne was a great example of a husband's protection being stronger than a suit of armor. He remained our Mother's best friend until his last breath and always stopped everything he was doing to watch her enter a room. The best restaurants were of no interest to Dad, as he would finish his meal and remark loudly Your mother could make it better I bet! He was correct. Dad drove a pink boat because his daughters picked it out for him 40 years ago because they said it was winking at them when he tested the lights. Today, the Pinkie is the oldest boat in the Crescent Beach marina, but full of great memories. We will dearly miss fishing with Dad in Loon Lake, as a fish on the line for Dad, was like watching a beautiful ballet, but with a bad outcome for the trout. Sandra, we know you and Dad were cheating at cards after hard days fishing, but we forgive you. L.P.C. we will miss you and it has been a privilege to be loved and protected by you. In honor of Dad's wishes, there will be no public funeral. In lieu of flowers, please give them to someone you love like he did. Please no donations... Dad would encourage you all to pay off debt and save a little bit for some fun on a rainy day. Our family thanks our angels on earth, the Fire Department on 128th Avenue in South Surrey, the White Rock Ambulance drivers, the kind souls at the Peace Arch Hospital and the talented care of the Saint Paul's Heart Health Clinic for their creativity. Thank you, Vickie for your kindness daily in our home.

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Apr. 1, 2010.
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April 30, 2010
I was blessed to know Judge Lorne Clare. I represent my patients and clients as a 'friend of the court' and appeared in front of Judge Clare probably 80 times. He was always gentle, kind, compassionate and understanding of my patients and clients and he actually listened as I begged the court for kindness and creativity in dealing with the sometimes really quite funny situations. Lorne Clare made me a more patient and loving counsellor by being the living example of all the things that wise and just men should be. Author and Psychologist Robert Jay
Lifton once said....."one does it (counselling) in the name of hope". Judge Lorne Clare dealt with my people in the name of hope .......... and I will never forget his teaching.
dr mychael gleeson
April 12, 2010
Judge Clare was always a favorite member of the Westminster Club and Allen and I both looked forward to seeing himon every occasion. He always made us smile and feel that we were not just staff members but part of a family. He will be missed.
Sincerly Allen and Francine Wain
April 10, 2010
Lorne Clare was a Judge I worked with in New Westminster Judges' chambers. I was his secretary. There are no words to express how much I enjoyed working for him. He was my favorite Judge. He always treated me with respect and we became good friends. When I retired, I missed his quiet way, funny comments and his judgment. When he retired he kept in touch with me by email or when he and Eileen came to the island. He would make a point of visiting me. He came last year by himself for a visit when my husband was sick as was his kind way. We enjoyed sending funny emails to one another just to keep in touch ane he would keep me informed of what he and the family were up to. I will miss him very much but know he is in a good place, no doubt sharing a few funnies with his friends and family. My deepest condolences go to Eileen, Pat and Kelly and their families. He has left you all a wonderful legacy.

Take care and know I am thinking of you.

Glenna Brinnen
Glenna Brinnen
April 9, 2010
To the family of Lorne Clare, I offer my most sincere condolences...Arthur Dawe, Beaconsfield,QC.
April 7, 2010
The Clare's were our family neighbors for many years in Coquitlam.

As a child, I recall “borrowing” pop-bottles from their garage with the neighbor girl. Once found out, I was told to replace the bottles and apologize to Lorne. He was very gracious and forgave me.

Years later he even hired me to paint their fence, he was always there to support us and our family.

Finally, it was Lorne who recruited me to join Coquitlam Search and Rescue some 20 years ago. I was with him when he claimed to have an appointment during our avalanche training exercise. That same afternoon, unbeknownst to us, he drove himself to emergency with his first heart attack. Lorne was a true gentleman and a great guy, when he and Eileen moved away a hole was left in the neighborhood. Now I know he will be up near the pearly gates with Mrs. Skinner. I hope he can be there, to act as my council, so I and others might have a chance to be forgiven ‘once again’ and let in.

Rest in Peace our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Clare, Pat and Kelly.
The Nordstrands
Ray Nordstrand
April 7, 2010
Deepest condolences to the family of Judge Clare. He was the ultimate 'gentleman' and it was my privilege to work with him. He was admired for his integrity, kindness and treatment of all he came in touch with. Thankyou Judge Clare for your help and guidance over the years.
Chris DeFazio
April 5, 2010
As a young court reporter in New Westminster in the 1960's I worked
with Lorne. He was always a gentleman
and a fine lawyer and the bench and bar
of this province have lost a wonderful

Steve Coutts
Okanagan Court Reporters
Kelowna, B.C.
April 4, 2010
It was a great joy and honour to work with Judge Clare as a Court Clerk in Burnaby. I was touched by his calm and gentlemanly demeanour. He used to share a lot of stories with me when we had down time. It was a pleasure to work with him. May God give you strength to bear this loss.
Daksha Parikh
April 3, 2010
Lorne, Eileen, Kelly, Pat and even Jim were our most wonderful neighbours for some 40 years or so. We babysat, we were friends, we helped each other out at a moment's notice. When our father died, Lorne was always there to give us his wise fatherly advice. He was like an uncle to us. The big French Canadian family sends all their most heart-filled warm wishes to you!!!
Bouchard Family
April 2, 2010
It was an honour to work with Judge Clare as his Court Clerk in New Westminster. He was a gentleman and always held a special place in my heart. He will be missed by many people who he touched with his kindness.
Marsha McGlashan
April 2, 2010
To the family of Lorne Clare..It was always my pleasure to clerk for such a kind understanding person...Sincerely, Shelley Field...New Westminster Law Courts.
Shelley Field
April 1, 2010
To my friend Lorne - Thank you Lorne and will see you in Heaven. Karen
Karen Macpherson
April 1, 2010
'•Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.'
It was a priviledge and a honour to have known and worked with Judge Clare; he was a 'gentleman.'
Linda Nakonechny
April 1, 2010
To Eileen and Patty, and family. I counted Lorne as one of my all time favourite dinner partners at the RCH Foundation events; he had such fun stories to tell, especially about his family. We will miss him.
(Former President/CEO Simon Fraser Health Region.)
April 1, 2010
To the family of Lorne..It was my honour being his Deputy Sheriff for many years...Yours truly Dave Emmerson...New Westminster BC.
April 1, 2010
My prayers are with you in this difficult time.

Jim Tonn
Mayor of Coquitlam 1972 - 1983
Jim Tonn
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