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Born: Jan 12, 1937

Date of Passing: Jul 26, 2017

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CLARENCE MURDOCH MCMULLEN January 12, 1937 - July 26, 2017 Clarence passed away peacefully with family by his side. He fought pancreatic cancer valiantly for over a year and during that time enjoyed two tropical trips, family dinners, visits to the lake, a last golf game and seeing his beloved Bombers. Surviving Clare are his wife Barbara, sons, Kurt and Kyle and daughter Karla, sister Gerry Johnston, stepdaughters, Larissa (Olivier), Marie and Karla (Steve), grandchildren, Riley, Jackson and Anjali. Also survived by Gerry's sons, Gord, Don and Greg and families, brother-in-law, Al Holtzman, nephew Brent and niece Brenda and Bill McCaughey, niece Kelly and nephew Michael. He was predeceased by his sister Lil, niece Judy and former wife Jean. Clare was born and raised in Transcona and after obtaining Science and Education degrees at U of M, taught at Transcona Collegiate for six years before serving the next 30 years as an innovative principal at Radisson, Arthur Day and Bernie Wolfe Schools. Educators who worked with Clare describe him as their fearless leader, mentor and close friend, always interested in and supportive of others. Clarence's children fondly remember that he not only provided them with a lovely home, pool, dirt bikes and multitude of pets but also numerous great times with lots of laughter and music. Clare had many close friends with whom he enjoyed softball, curling and golf. He always loved get-togethers with new and old friends. He valued reuniting and continuing friendships, after 60 years, with fellow Teke fraternity brothers. Clare was as solid as an anchor and had a huge heart. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels for 17 years and at Meadowood Church for the past nine years. He reflected the positive side of life and supported family and friends with patience, understanding and compassion. Clare was the perfect partner to Barb. He was loving, kind, understanding and totally supportive - the love of Barb's life. He will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m. at The United Church in Meadowood, 1111 Dakota St. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish, may make a donation in Clare's name to CancerCare Manitoba or to a charity of their choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 29, 2017

Condolences & Memories (19 entries)

  • I apologize for my late timing of the passing of this terrific man. His family home was around the corner from mine. Clarence was my teacher, sports coach, principal and escort for the 1968 trip to Mexico City (the first of high school travel for students). Kind, understanding, encouraging but also firm when he had to be. He had the respect of every student. - Posted by: Pamela Ainge (Student) on: Mar 20, 2022

  • Clare was my science teacher in grade nine, he year we had so much students that we were in Radisson School. He was also my grade 11 Chemistry teacher. He was a good teacher and kept a bunch of young students quiet. Have been kept up to date on hi life by Tim Proshurnik/Sorry to see a good man gone. All the best to the family - Posted by: Blake Dunn (Former Student) on: Aug 04, 2017

  • My condolences to Barb and his children Kurt, Kyle and Karla, I have fond memories of my time at Arthur Day School where I spent 28 years. Clarence always supported his staff and loved his school. I remember going to some place outside the city to celebrate closing the "Country Club". Those were fun times. Clarence could party with us but at school we respected him as our boss. I remember Kurt in my class making a hockey bag, and remember those rangy bunch of boys from Bernie Wolfe! All Clarence said was "you can handle them"! I remember Clarence with fondness. He was a person that cared. My heartfelt condolences to you all. - Posted by: Valerie Gorin () on: Aug 04, 2017

  • Condolences to the family. Clarence was a wonderful teacher and man. As I recall when very young he was a boarder at my Grandmother's house on Regent when attending school. And later became my teacher. He was well respected and just a wonderful person! Our thoughts go out to all whom had the privilege of knowing him. - Posted by: Carol Chudley (Sward) (Student) on: Aug 03, 2017

  • So sad to read of Mr. McMullen's passing. He was our principal at Radisson School and, as many other commenters mention, he made sure he knew EVERYONE by name. The lives and paths of countless students and teachers were influenced by this man, and we are all the better for it. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Gail (Hamilton) Colomy (Fomer student at Radisson School) on: Aug 03, 2017

  • As a student at TCI I was without question an underachiever. Every morning Mr. McMullen would ask me what Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull did in their games the night before. His response was always the same - if you can provide that information every day you should be able to remember that chemistry formula. He literally got me through his class with motivation. A wonderful guy! - Posted by: Bill Ratcliffe (former student) on: Aug 02, 2017

  • Best Chemistry teacher ever; he made learning fun! He was great with students - supportive & as someone else said, he "got" kids & so it was easy to learn & please him. A good man - my condolences to family. - Posted by: Lorna Jackson Coley (my GR. X & XI Chemistry Teacher - 1963-64) on: Aug 02, 2017

  • Sincere condolences to Barbara and family. Clarence was a great guy and true friend. He will be greatly missed. Bernie - Posted by: Bernie Palz (Friend) on: Aug 02, 2017

  • So sorry to hear of Clarence's health challenges and his passing away. He was my high school teacher and then my Principal when I taught at Radisson School. Clarence was a great team leader who led by example- he worked hard, played fair, respected and cared for his staff, students and their families. Clarence had a good sense of humour, a wonderful smile and a twinkle in his eyes. We have lost a smart gentleman and a great friend to many. Doug and I are sending heartfelt sympathy to Clarence's family and close friends. Doug and Donna Auld, Oakville, Ontario - Posted by: Donna Auld (Friend) on: Aug 02, 2017

  • My condolences to Barbara and family. I fondly remember Clarence (Chuck) and he will always be affectionately remembered. My memories of Clarence are, he was a kind, caring, honourable, morally sound, wholesome man. Always fun to be in his company as he had a wonderful sense of humour. A person you could trust and a great friend. Clarence was of good character, a good looking, handsome man. We attended dances at the U of M. I acted as his "wing man." He was active in the Transcona Jaycees. He was a leading character in productions we sponsored. My daughter was a student at Radisson when he was principal. Chuck will now be organizing our friends who have pre deceased him. I am compiling a letter to Barbara that will contain photos of Clarence in the Jaycee theatrical productions. He was such a good sport. What a guy. We loved you Chuck. I am just sorry we couldn't have maintained a closer relationship as I moved away in 1978. - Posted by: Bob Hughes (Friend) on: Jul 31, 2017

  • Barb, I was so saddened to hear that Uncle Butch passed away. I remember so fondly the laughter we all shared when he came to Calgary to visit. Never a dull moment. Such a kind and caring person and definitely one of the good guys who will not soon be forgotten. Love and my sincere condolences to all. Anne Johnston - Posted by: Anne Johnston () on: Jul 31, 2017

  • Sincere condolences to Barb, Kurt, Kyle, and Karla and family. Clarence was a dynamic leader and colleague. Open minded and very supportive. An excellent curler with the Transcona-Springfield Teachers' Curling League for many years. A very worthy opponent on the ice. A good friend. - Posted by: Bob Blahey (friend and former colleague) on: Jul 30, 2017

  • Mucker and Al (Folliott) were good buddies for many years in younger days, sharing a love of their Blue Bombers and curling, some Canada trips, and many good times and fond memories. Mucker stood up with us at our wedding 34 years ago. Thinking good thoughts for the family and wishing you peace and the comfort of memories. - Posted by: Lee Folliott (Friend) on: Jul 30, 2017

  • My condolences to Barbara, Kurt, Karla and Kyle on the passing of your husband and dad. He was affectionately known to us as "Uncle Butch" and we have many memories from Plessis Road all the way to racing with puppies out at the farm! Uncle Butch was so good to me as a kid and even as I was ready to go to University, as he let me observe at one of his schools. We lost touch as the years went by, but I know how he touched the lives of many. He was the master of tending the pool and bbq back in the day. I will remember him fondly. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Love, Yo - Posted by: Yolanda Laminman (Niece) on: Jul 30, 2017

  • Mr McMullen just "got" kids. He was a wonderful principal. I don't think he ever forgot a child's name. Condolences to his family. - Posted by: Cathy Campbell (Former student of Radisson school) on: Jul 29, 2017

  • I went to Radisson in the early 70's and Mr. McMullen was our Principal. I remember his kind smile and how he truly cared about all the kids. I'm very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a very positive influence in my early life. - Posted by: Lorri D (Former student) on: Jul 29, 2017

  • Clarence was absolutely the best school principal bar none. After the third day he knew every child in his school by name. He visited every teacher every morning to make sure we were okay for the day! On top of that he stood behind his teachers and students like none other! Clarence we all loved you and are sad you are no longer of this world. You were the best!!! Marilyn Taylor Hanssen - Posted by: Marilyn Hanssen (Former teacher of Radisson School) on: Jul 29, 2017

  • Was the best principal at Radisson Elementary School. For being a young student in the late 60's / early 70's ...for me to remember my principal must have meant that he made a impact on my life at a very young age. Mr. McMullen loved teaching & it showed! May your family & friends be blessed with many wonderful memories for years to come... we have truly lost someone "special" Heartfelt sympathy to all of Mr. McMullen's family - Posted by: Carla Slipec (Student) on: Jul 29, 2017

  • I am truly saddened by this news. I attended Radisson Elementary School when he was the Principal. I have great admiration and memories of him as he was a wonderful leader. Always had a smile and kind words to say. He really new his students well. Sending my heartfelt condolences to his family. - Posted by: Linda Gammon (Student) on: Jul 29, 2017

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