OBITUARY

Daphne Veronica Clarke

13 December , 19325 April , 2019
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Mrs. Daphne Veronica Clarke of Windsor, Ontario passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Windsor Regional Hospital, Metropolitan Campus, at the age of 86. Mrs. Clarke was the founder of Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women (W5) and Past President and Board Member of Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST) Inc. Predeceased by her husband John. Mrs. Clarke is survived by her two sons Errol and Roy and her grandson Eric. She also leaves behind her sisters and brothers: Elfreda, Lena, Carmen, Rene and Wilfred as well as numerous nieces, nephews and close friends. Visitation will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 895 Ouellette Avenue (519) 254-3223 on Friday from 6-9 p.m., with Parish Prayers at 8 p.m. Mrs. Clarke's Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (Visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m.) at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 85 Park Street East, Windsor, officiated by Fr. Nichola Mauro Iko. Interment to follow at St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Windsor. If desired, memorial donations made to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church would be appreciated by the family. Please join us in remembering Daphne Clarke by visiting her memorial at andersonfuneralhomewindsor.com

Services

  • Funeral Mass Saturday, 13 April , 2019
  • Parish Prayers Friday, 12 April , 2019
  • Visitation Friday, 12 April , 2019
  • Interment Saturday, 13 April , 2019
REMEMBERING

Daphne Veronica Clarke

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JUDITH REMEKIE

15 April 2019

Thank you Aunt Daphne for being such a great historian of Jamaican West Indian culture for the entire extended community of Windsor and Southern Ontario. It was so largely due to your efforts that the Windsor West Indian Association enjoyed such glorious celebrations, complete with authentic folklore, food, music and traditional costumes that none of us will ever forget.

I also fondly remember sitting in your dining room between the front room and the kitchen! And you letting us help you prepare your warm hospitality, showing us photos and wonderful information about who we are as a culture, and especially, you letting us kids play music on your record player in the living room. And so many more memories of our family and yours.

I am forever grateful for you opening the door for me to get my first professional job as a Cultural Researcher while I was still in high school.

Thank you most of all for blessing my parents with your faithful company, and for making Dennis and Madge laugh non-stop for many, many decades. We love you so much. Rest well Aunt Daphne. đź’•

Debbie Remekie

14 April 2019

Dear Aunt Daphne:
It is impossible to ever forget the vital life and career skills you taught me. By working for you doing special projects at the Immigrant Women’s Centre, I learned how crucial it is to share my culture and educational skills to our community. I would not have my job and career without you being a crucial reference for me. Everything from being a part of the Caribbean Dance Group, to volunteering, understanding my own personal health condition, and being a long time friend to my family and many others: values I will never forget. If I ever did I would probably hear a lecture from both you and Uncle John from the clouds!!!!
I, and my family will never forget you.

Love to the entire Clarke Family,
Deb Remekie

Sheryl Remekie Carbonell

13 April 2019

Visits to Auntie Daphne’s house are forever etched in my brain. She would be engaged in interesting conversation with my parents but somehow she managed to keep us Remekie girls entertained by engaging us as well, with conversation, stories, delicious drinks and snacks.

Aunt Daphne was keen to the needs of teenagers. She pioneered many programs for young black women and was the catalyst behind creating job opportunities for my sisters and many others.

Although I left Windsor at a young age, too young to take advantage of these opportunities myself, I remember her vividly, as a vital trailblazing unstoppable force, bridging the Caribbean community to Windsor’s Professional Leadership Communities and beyond.

She will always be fondly remembered as a family friend and a woman whose footsteps left a huge impression on countless lives. Rest in peace Aunt Daphne. My love to Roy and Errol.

Nathalee Francis

12 April 2019

Mrs. Clarke was a caring, warm and joyous woman who always made me feel special in her presence. It was my honour to have known her and served her through my community pharmacy. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to the members of Mrs. Clarke's family as I mourn with you yet celebrate her life and accomplishments.

Averil Spence-Clarke

12 April 2019

It will be very challenging thinking of Windsor without Daphne. As a newlywed to Windsor, and especially since we shared the same surname, she adopted both my husband Hadfield and I into her family. Daphne became a true friend and mentor. We valued and treasured her acerbic wit and outspoken frankness, her dedication to her community and most of all her zest for life. She will be missed.

Irene Moore Davis

12 April 2019

Daphne was an amazing human being: tenacious, determined, committed, passionate, knowledgeable, fierce, feisty, and supportive of so many of us who were coming up behind her. She lifted as she climbed. She was a mentor to many, including me. She was a founding member and past President of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, the President who preceded me in fact. She was an avid history enthusiast. She was a true griot! Daphne was a very hard working member of the Underground Railroad Monument Committee of Windsor for a period of two years. Together with all of us on the committee, Daphne did her utmost to ensure that a proper monument commemorating the Underground Railroad was erected in Windsor. That effort culminated in the Tower of Freedom Monument in 2001. Later, she was responsible for the Catholic Colored Mission plaque at St. Alphonsus. Her enthusiasm for Black history was contagious, with respect to the African Diaspora in general and her local stories specifically. Her life of activism was to be admired. Chiefly, her bookstore, Montego Alkebulanian Black History Book Shop, was such an important institution for years. It was a place where Black Windsorites could mingle to discuss our African Diaspora histories and cultures and the Black future... what it could look like, how to get there. At her store we enjoyed the company of other intellectuals, those who were like-minded and those who thought differently: both were a blessing. At her store we met historians and authors she had invited in from out of town. It was such an important gathering place. I will always treasure the cups of tea and conversations I enjoyed in that store... over and above the books themselves. The environment she created was something I'll always carry with me. Similarly, driving her home from Black historical society meetings every month in my car, I always enjoyed our conversations and I will never forget them, or her. May Daphne rest in peace.

Maureen Hoffman

11 April 2019

Daphne was a most incredible Lady.
I first met her, when I was a patient in the Hospital. She was a very caring and attentive Nurse.
I felt very comforted by her. Such a gentle Woman.
I enjoyed hearing her proclaim God's word at St. Alphonsus Church.
May she be granted sweet repose.
My sympathies to her sons and all who loved her.

Linda McCurdy

7 April 2019

My condolences to the family in this time of sorrow. It is difficult to imagine not seeing her at every event in the community, but it is easy to celebrate the contributions of Ms Daphne Clarke and remember her as the strong role model that she was.

Phil Alexander

6 April 2019

Phil Alexander

6 April 2019

Sincere condolences to the Clarke family for the loss of Daphne who was very active and vocal in the Windsor community and in many area orgsnizations for the advancement of human rights and opportunities for all.

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Biography

Mrs. Daphne Veronica Clarke of Windsor, Ontario passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Windsor Regional Hospital, Metropolitan Campus, at the age of 86. Mrs. Clarke was the founder of Windsor Women With Immigrant Women (W5) and Past President and Board Member of Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST) Inc. Predeceased by her husband John. Mrs. Clarke is survived by her two sons Errol and Roy and her grandson Eric. She also leaves behind her sisters and brothers: Elfreda, Lena, Carmen, Rene and Wilfred as well as numerous nieces, nephews and close friends. Visitation will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 895 Ouellette Avenue (519) 254-3223 on Friday from 6-9 p.m., with Parish Prayers at 8 p.m. Mrs. Clarke's Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (Visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m.) at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 85 Park Street East, Windsor, officiated by Fr. Nichola Mauro Iko. Interment to follow at St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Windsor. If desired, memorial donations made to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church would be appreciated by the family. Please join us in remembering Daphne Clarke by visiting her memorial at andersonfuneralhomewindsor.com