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Date of Passing: May 12, 2019

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Albert (Bert) Anthony Clarke on May 12, 2019. Bert passed away peacefully at home with his wife, Dianne, by his side.
Bert is survived by his wife, and two sons, Brent and Jared.
Bert proudly served in the RCMP for 38 years and continued to work for the RCMP as a public servant for another eight years. He served throughout Manitoba and referred to Stonewall as his home. Bert was known for his quick witt, hard work, humour and his stubbornness to see a job through. Bert put everyone first before himself and will be greatly missed.
As per Bert's wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes spread in his hometown of Twillingate, Newfoundland, where he loved, and his family is buried. A small informal service will be held at the Stonewall Legion on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. As per Bert's wishes, it will be informal and a celebration of his life.

MacKenzie Funeral Home

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2019

Condolences & Memories (41 entries)

  • Dianne, thinking of you and your family at this time. It is alway a shock to hear of the loss of old friends, acquaintance, and associates from our past. We were police training partners, Rossburnites, like relatives and felt like family. Bob and Lynne Yaskiw Courtenay, BC - Posted by: Bob and Lynne Yaskiw (Friends) on: Jun 05, 2019

  • My condolences to Bert's family. A well respected member of "D" has passed, and with his passing a significant amount of the divisions history. Bert was and remains a well respected member of the Force in Manitoba. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Bryan Walker (Former Divisional Coworker) on: May 30, 2019

  • He was definitely one of our finest members not only for his outstanding worth ethic but he was intelligent, kind, generous and always helpful. If you were lucky enough to meet or get to know Bert be grateful. His witt and sense of humour always made your day and put the biggest smile on your face. He will be missed by so many. My deepest condolences to his family. RIP Bert. - Posted by: Terry Titterton (Friend and co-worker) on: May 23, 2019

  • I can’t even put in to words how Bert affected my life. I was in my early 20s when I first met him and he immediately became my surrogate grandfather. His kind words, his never ending smile, calling me “kiddo” or “young lady” every time I saw him. I worked alongside him in Major Crimes and most recently I’m Staffing. I won’t ever forget his kindness, his smile and his unwavering dedication to the job. Rest easy Bert, until we meet again. - Posted by: Teresa Lawes (Co-workers ) on: May 21, 2019

  • I have many memories of Bert. Coming into HQ and seeing him having coffee at his usual table. I would always come over to him and say hi. It was with such shock and sadness that I heard of his passing. He was a man of great character and truly a great Newfoundlander, a place he was so proud of. Hugs to all of you - Posted by: Bob Chabot (Co-worker and friend ) on: May 20, 2019

  • Worked with Bert on many major cases in Manitoba as he woke me in the middle of the night on many occasions. Great guy to work with, share some stories, and trudged through our numerous scenes together "for one more look". So sad to hear of his sudden passing as I extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed and always hold a place of highest respect in my heart. Take care my friend. - Posted by: Paul Brisson (Colleague / friend) on: May 20, 2019

  • Dianne, Brent, Jared and families. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. Bert was a great guy and a stand-up Mountie. Bert would always greet you with a smile and leave you with a laugh that would make your day. May the wonderful memories of Bert bring you peace and comfort. - Posted by: Stu Schaffer (Friend / Co-worker) on: May 20, 2019

  • I shared an apartment with Bert in the late 1960's in Scarborough Ontario along with another young man from Twillingate! We shared many good times! Imagine! Three young men from a small Newfoundland outport in the big city of Toronto for the first time! Bert had a great sense of humor and the jokes and laughter were plenty! Thanks for being my friend Bert. You will be missed. My sincerest condolences to all of the Clarke family. I think of him often and the good times we had. RIP my friend. You will be sorely missed. - Posted by: Alastair Rogers (Friend) on: May 20, 2019

  • I write this with such sadness learning of Bert’s passing. Sending our sincerest condolences to Diane, Jared, Brent and family. I have memories of Bert visiting nan and pop’s house in Twillingate, Nfld... and all of us kids would know when “big Bert” arrived because of the infectious laughter coming from the front porch. Bert’s arrival to Twillingate was the highlight of everyone’s summer, certainly all of his first cousins. I can still hear my Nan’s laughter saying” oh that Bert!” Nan and pop’s house was always chaotic to say the least during the summers, but the most loved home that everyone was welcomed in with open arms. I hope you have everyone laughing with you in heaven as you tell your stories, Bert. The world has had the honour of having you, certainly all your family always cherished you. Rest In Peace - Posted by: Carolyn Copeland (2nd cousin) on: May 19, 2019

  • Bert.... Thank you for my staffing interview that eventually saw me to HQ...thus enabling a fantastic career and meeting my husband. Our meetings in the hallway in HQ ...or in the cafeteria...or in the mess....or in my office..or in the parking lot..or the elevator ....always involved conversations about "God's Country".... and the last feed of lobster we had. RIP my fellow maritime friend. Joyce - Posted by: Joyce Tessier (Coworker and Friend) on: May 19, 2019

  • Bert was one of a kind who will be missed. Even if you were the brunt of his jokes on occasion he was always fun to be around. Our condolences to his family. Dave and Barb Mancini - Posted by: Dave Mancini (Co-worker.Friend) on: May 19, 2019

  • My condolences to Bert’s family on his passing. I met Bert in the 1980s when he was stationed at Amaranth Detachment. I was a defence lawyer and he was in charge of the detachment. I have never met such an effective police officer. He was always prepared, reasonable and friendly. What was most impressive was how well respected he was in the community. His reputation was of complete honesty and fairness. Even those whom he arrested felt that he had done the right thing. More than a few times, people would apologize to him for having caused trouble. I never heard a bad word about him, even from those going off to jail after he had arrested them. Bert was also a great man. He was immensely proud of his family and their accomplishments. He was also lots of fun. His stories of Newfoundland were wonderful. He always had a smile and a quick wit. He will really be missed. - Posted by: Tim Killeen (Friend) on: May 19, 2019

  • My father was the most amazing father a son can have, was a mentor at life and in my career in Federal Corrections and I appreciated every single second of every single day knowing he's my dad. He was always a phone call away when I had a rough day at work, his voice and guidance always took me down the right path. He will forever be missed. I know you will have my "6" from up there and I promise I'll always keep the grass green. I love you dad, and I miss you so much. - Posted by: Jared (Son) on: May 18, 2019

  • Dianne and family, We are so sorry to hear of Bert's passing. We know he will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts. With Deepest Sympathy, Glenn and Pat Pitcher - Posted by: Glenn and Pat Pitcher(M0ffat) (Fellow RCMP and friend) on: May 18, 2019

  • My most sincere sympathies to Bert’s family. I had the privilege of meeting Bert for the first time in 1986 from that day on our paths have crisscrossed over the course of our careers. I am a better person for having known Bert, he was first and foremost a decent man with a big heart and infectious smile along with humour. Bert I’m going to miss you the world would be a better place if everyone had a fraction of your ability to make people smile, god speed. - Posted by: Ron Corner (Friend and colleague) on: May 18, 2019

  • Our sincere condolences to Diane and family. I first met Bert when he came to Dauphin for work and later when we moved to Winnipeg. We worked with him in HQ. He was most certainly a genuine person always with a smile and a story. He will be missed. RIP Bert. - Posted by: Glenda Furkalo & Jay Anderson (Co-Workers) on: May 18, 2019

  • Condolences to Dianne and family from our family, Faye, Chad, Deanna and I on Bert’s passing. To say he was quite a guy is not nearly strong enough. Bert was the best man at our wedding in ‘72 when we were stationed in Rossburn. Come to think of it, that is probably a good description for Bert -Best Man. RIP my friend. - Posted by: Tom Orr (Friend and co-worker) on: May 17, 2019

  • What a shock when I heard of Bert's passing. I was immediately brought back to past times, times where we shared laughs and the odd “timinki”. Times where we shared thoughts on difficult investigations and times where we simply talked about his home in Nfld and mine in Ontario, family near and far and of course our passion that was the RCMP. I’ll never forget the way Bert scrutinized the “cadet orientation" courses when they appeared on that first Monday morning at breakfast. I know he was proud that this was the “next generation" despite of his relentless narrative. Yes he was one of a kind, and I’m proud he was my colleague, he was a mentor and he was my friend. Condolences to Diane and the boys. Rest easy my friend. You will be missed. - Posted by: Graham Pollock (Co worker. Friend) on: May 17, 2019

  • My best friend in training and a truly genuine person with a mischievous chuckle. He will be missed by many. Condolences to his family. Sam Landry - Posted by: Sam Landry (Friend and troop mate) on: May 17, 2019

  • Sorry to hear of Bert's passing. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Fran Thibodeau and family. (Friend) on: May 17, 2019

  • My condolences to Diane and family--I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bert's passing. He was my boyhood buddy (10 days older) in Twillingate---we had many adventures together. A smart,fun loving,warm person who had a wonderful parents and who was so proud of his own family. What a loss---rest in peace, old friend. - Posted by: James Price (Friend) on: May 17, 2019

  • Rosanne and I wish to pass on our deepest condolences to Diane, the boys and the entire family. It was a pleasure and an honor to serve along side Bert in D Division. I have so many memories that surface when I think about Bert and they all make me smile and chuckle. On one of my work trips to Newfoundland Bert arranged for me to meet his family and travel to Twillingate for a day. I was treated like a celebrity in town just because I was a friend of Bert's. I'll never ever forget that. I brought back some pickled seal flippers for Bert which was a treat from his mom. He was thrilled and so appreciative. It was an honor to know Bert. I will never forget his infectious laughter and humor coupled with his kindness and compassion for others. Taken way too so. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Jim Butler (Co worker) on: May 17, 2019

  • I am truly saddened by the news of Bert's passing and wish to pass on my condolences to all his family. I worked with Bert and had coffee with him and Ken on many mornings in HQ. Bert was an expert story teller and could easily have people crying with laughter when he would recall his many experiences in the RCMP. Today, the world is a little bit sadder with Bert's passing. RIP Bert, it was a pleasure to have known you. - Posted by: Glen Kudar (Co-worker) on: May 17, 2019

  • Shocked and saddened to hear of Bert's passing. I had the opportunity to work with Bert for a short time in McCreary and as well when he was in Amaranth the neighbouring detachment. I had great respect for him as a policeman and as a friend. He was always quick with a joke and had a great sense of humor and will certainly be missed. Condolences to the family...RIP Bert.. - Posted by: Dale Manning (friend) on: May 17, 2019

  • I was saddened by Bert’s passing. Bert was a pillar of the RCMP and lead with unmatched work ethic and dedication to the job. Bert also had a great personality and touched so many with his sense of humour and wit. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Richard Dram (Former coworker ) on: May 17, 2019

  • I was so lucky to have met such a wonderful man over Christmas dinner at Kathleen’s. My heart & prayers go out to Bert’s family during this difficult time. It is never easy losing someone we care about so deeply. It is so important to hold dear those special memories during your next steps in life. And just know he will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathies & condolences. - Posted by: Teresa Demytruk (Friend of Kathleen’s ) on: May 16, 2019

  • I worked with Bert in late 70's and early 80's in the plain clothes section. What a pleasure! Always ready to help, no clock, no job too big or small. An extreme asset on heavy arrests, not only a joke or laugh, but real informed assistance on any task. Wow! I can't believe - we joked and gossiped about old times frequently when we inevitably bumped into each other in both of our adopted homes. Bert will be sorely missed by all of the many friends he had both inside and outside the RCMP. God's speed buddy! Judie's and my sincere condolences to Dianne and boys. - Posted by: Pat Dauk (friend and co-worker) on: May 16, 2019

  • So sorry for your loss. I have heard many great stories of Bert but did not know him very well. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Lisa Baird Robertson (2nd cousin ) on: May 16, 2019

  • Very sad news of Bert’s passing. My sincere condolences to Bert’s Family, Friends and Colleagues. - Posted by: Nuno Camara (Acquaintance ) on: May 16, 2019

  • My deepest sympathies to Diane and the boys. I had the privilege of serving alongside Bert. His tenacity and hard work were an excellent example of a true Mountie for many you members. I know he was very proud of his family and his beloved Newfoundland. May he Rest In Peace. Paul and Nicole Joyal - Posted by: Pauljoyal (Friend and co worker) on: May 16, 2019

  • Our condolences to Diane and family, we were so sorry to hear of Bert's passing. Bert was a true and long time friend as we both attended college together in St. John's and then had the pleasure of working together here in Manitoba. No day could be gloomy if Bert was around. There was always a joke or story to be told. God bless Wayne and Helen - Posted by: Wayne and Helen Blackmore (Friend and workmate) on: May 16, 2019

  • I'm so sorry to hear the loss Bert. Worked with Jared, and working with him and seeing the type of person he is, I can only imagine the remarkable man that was his father. Rest in peace, sorry for your family's loss. Zilio - Posted by: Sam Zilio (Friend of Jared ) on: May 16, 2019

  • Bert was one of a kind - a great personality, comedian and a good friend of many of us who served with and near him in the past 40 years. RIP Bert - you will not be forgotten. My condolences to his family in this time of loss. - Posted by: Kevin Duckett (Friend, Co-Worker) on: May 16, 2019

  • Bert was a great man who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing since I was a little boy. Growing up, Bert always had a funny joke and a quick one liner to put a smile on your face. Since I’ve had my own kids, Bert always made a point of seeing my kids when he came to Alberta and treating them like they were his own grandkids. The world lost a great man this week but it is a better place for having him. Diane, Brent and Jared are always in my thoughts. - Posted by: Reid, noelle, Parker and avery (Friends) on: May 16, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of this fun-loving man. We have great memories of good times spent with Bert and other friends from Twillingate in the early seventies in Toronto. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.p - Posted by: Ian And Bertha Harris (Friend) on: May 16, 2019

  • Rest In Peace Bert. A very sad day. Not very many people like you grace this earth and touch so many. Deepest condolences to the family. Bert will be missed by many. - Posted by: Scott Mcleod (Co-worker & friend) on: May 16, 2019

  • I've known Bert for over 35 years, crossing paths at same detachment - Amaranth for a few days and throughout our service. We had many coffees at HQ at that table, plenty of jokes and tales. RIP buddy. Patrick Therrien - Posted by: Patrick Therrien (Friend) on: May 16, 2019

  • Was incredibly saddened to hear of Bert's passing. My deepest condolences to the Clarke family! I haven't seen him in years since D Division but will already will always remember his kindness. - Posted by: Shirley (Acquaintance) on: May 16, 2019

  • I had the pleasure of working Winnipeg GIS with Bert in the late '70s. Our work at that time was made really enjoyable because of Bert's presence, not only because of his skills, but also because of his personality. Going to work with Bert was like going to a free comedy club every shift, much to the expense of us all. My heart goes out to Dianne and sons but please take solace in knowing he made many lives much better including mine. - Posted by: Graham Geddes (Former Co-worker) on: May 16, 2019

  • My condolences to Dianne and the boys. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss. Bert's passing is a loss for many. Working with Bert many years ago in HQ, there was not a conversation where he didn't put a smile on my face. You couldn't talk to Bert without a smile on your face. Bert was a genuine person, giving, caring and highly respected. I miss him already. God Bless. - Posted by: Bonny-Jean Brody (Co-worker) on: May 16, 2019

  • Bert will be remembered as a friend and colleague for many years. Always a pleasure to be in his and Ken's company. Lots of laughter, good honest teasing and a joke or two. Really saddened that Bert has passed too soon. Prayers to Bert's family for their loss. Cory Garrard - S/Sgt (retired) - Posted by: Cory Garrard (Friend and coworker) on: May 16, 2019

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