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Date of Passing: Jan 18, 2013

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JOHN FREDRICK CLARK October 29, 1931 - January 18, 2013 At Concordia Hospital after a short struggle with cancer. Beloved husband of Colette, John is survived by his children - Wendy (James) Boardman of Thompson, MB, Lori (Bill) Hetland of Kelowna, BC and Naicam, SK, Stan (Joanne) Clark and Fred (Eleanor) Clark both of Surrey, BC, and by his 13 grandchildren, of whom he was immensely proud. He also leaves his brother Bill (Peg) Clark of Calgary, AB, his sister Carol (Garth) Gillespie of Gimli, MB, his first wife Joyce of Surrey, BC, nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many friends and other relatives. He was predeceased by his parents, Stan and Betty Clark. Educated in Kamsack, SK, John earned a BSc and MSc in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Most of his career was spent with United Grain Growers in Winnipeg as head of public relations and communication. He is well known for creating Grainews, a plain-spoken "how-to" farm paper written "for farmers by farmers". After 38 years, Grainews is still going strong. John's childhood in the mostly Doukhobor region of Kamsack in the 1930s seemed idyllic. He had many tales of wild adventures, catching gophers and being treed by bears. His family was lucky enough to hear his stories when he told or wrote about his life as a boy in a small town on the prairie. John shared his family's love of animals. He always had dogs by his side. He was never one to keep to the standards of urban living and, at one point, he had ducks, fish, chickens, a raven or two, and even an injured Canada goose at his riverbank home in St. Vital. He loved living by water and enjoyed beautiful homes on the Red River, Dorothy Lake and Lake Winnipeg at Sandy Hook. He was a passionate gardener. His gentle hands nurtured tender begonia bulbs and impatiens seedlings to create magnificent flower beds wherever he was. He also had a house in Texas so he could garden all year round. John had an insatiable curiosity about almost everything in the world. He travelled widely - to Mexico, South and Central America, Europe, Russia, Thailand, and China. He hunted big game in Africa with his brother, Bill. Outgoing, curious and genuine, John had many friends from all walks of life. He had a knack for recognizing the good in people and good guys became his friends. He was a very generous man, often opening his home to those in need and helping them out in very practical ways. He will be missed by many who benefitted from his generous heart. A celebration of John's life will be held March 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue, across from Brookside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Winnipeg Zoo, the Children's Make a Wish Foundation or a charity of your choice. For further information regarding the service, please contact James Boardman at 204-778-7982 or
Publish Date: Feb 2, 2013

JOHN FREDRICK CLARK Peacefully on Friday, January 18, 2013, at the Concordia Hospital, Mr. John Clark aged 81 years of Winnipeg. Beloved husband of Colette. Long notice to follow. Boardman Funeral Home in care of arrangements phone 778-7982
Publish Date: Jan 21, 2013

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 02, 2013

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I remember John with a smile. We met on a trip to China together in the 80s' during which we spent a great deal of time together. He was such a bright and engaging man with a great sense of humor and wonderful inquisitive nature. He tried to recruit me to come and work as an editor at Grain News but my family obligations prevented me from taking his offer. We kept in touch sporadically over the years, often with him putting me in contact with some foreign visitor to Washington DC. For his children that may recall him coming home with fake Rolex watches for you from Hong Kong, I'm the one that put him up to that. My condolences to his family and friends. He was a great guy. - Posted by: Robert McDowell (friend and colleague) on: Mar 13, 2017

  • John was a really good friend, one of the really good guys, and one of the really great characters. He was always genuinely interested and curious about was happening and loved to be involved. He was deservedly very proud of his wonderful family and took great pride in their success. He will be missed. - Posted by: Bob and Sally Gibb (friends) on: Feb 10, 2013

  • Condolences to Colette. Great times working with John at UGG and especially those Annual Meetings. Also going to farm auctions around Winnipeg Beach with John after we moved to Lake Winnipeg. - Posted by: Jim Rutherford (friend) on: Feb 07, 2013

  • Our friend John had more ideas in one day than most people have in one year. Many many were very good. John's spectrum of interests were wide and varied. It is through John and Joyce that we were fortunate enough to become friends with his entire family while the children were growing up. One of John's great legacies are his wonderful children and grandchildren. Our condolences to the entire family. Sincerely, Rhonda and Richard Klassen - Posted by: Rhonda & Richard Klassen (friends) on: Feb 06, 2013

  • I remember John fondly from my time at UGG/Grainews. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Maureen Martin () on: Feb 02, 2013

  • I have fond memories of John when we worked together at UGG. He was always friendly and helpful to me. We will miss him. Condolences to Colette & family. - Posted by: Hope & Ray Sommers (Co-worker/friend) on: Jan 28, 2013

  • I have many fond memories of John from when I was Neighbor as a young girl to being a Neighbor /friends at the will be missed. You were truly a good friend of our family. We send our condolences to Colette ,Wendy,Stan,Lori ,Fred & Joyce. - Posted by: Gwen & Gary Murray (Friends) on: Jan 25, 2013

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