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Marlatt Funeral Home, Swackhamer Chapel

195 King Street West, Dundas, ON

OBITUARY

Graham Clark

February 2, 1947December 26, 2019
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Well, I'm gone. Snuffed it. Kicked the bucket. Popped my clogs. (English). Ceased to be. (Monty Python) I have more than a few regrets. Would I have done some things differently? Of course, but learned a long ago that you don't agonize over things you have no control over.

I had a wife, Pauline. She was an amazing woman and we hung in together for over 50 years. I have two wonderful kids (Jacqueline and Stephen) who married very well (Scott and Larissa) and who have given me three grandchildren, Michael, Sarah and Isla who I love unreservedly and am so proud of. My mum is still alive and kicking and with my dad brought up my brother and me in a very working class environment. Neil (Jan) and I are still married to the women we originally married and, quite frankly have done pretty well. I never felt jealous of my brother’s brains (I was a lazy bugger anyhow) but I did envy him when he walked out at Wembley Stadium to play football for Oxford University.

Not too many regrets about my working life- never had a job I didn't like. Steve Merrill was one the best people I ever worked for. HMECU was a great end to my banking career -the perfect job for me. Special thanks to Colleen who helped me through a difficult 2009! Doug Mann was one of the smartest men I ever worked for and to Charlie Collura who provided inspired leadership. Lesley Anne Lawson is a very smart and hardworking lady who always tried to make me look good.

My best friend, Dave Maylor died in 2006 and that was tough to handle but his two friends who grew up with him in Liverpool Dave Henry and Keith Barton have been my buddies for over 30 years. Jim and Mary McCall have been our traveling companions and best friends for decades and I love them like family. If I miss anyone from the following list, it's my feeble memory but Vince and Sandy, Art and Sharon, Sally and Sam, Dianne, Frances, Louise, Barb and Fred, Pat and Mick and Peter and Jane plus friends from the Credit Union, friends and family from England and Maureen in Canada. Our friends have never ceased to be a joy.

The lunatic and often inebriated baseball guys. Great trips, great memories and way too many laughs. And then, as a bonus, we met the wonderful group at Harbor Club especially Wayne and Trev and the Mollies pair Bob and Ivan. Friends like Pam and John Salmons from England have been close since we lived there and social media has kept us in touch with Ian Winslade, Julia Williams and the bridesmaid from our wedding Brenda Shepherd, as well as Hank and Gwen Kulesa from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

One last request. I want my ashes to be scattered in Wastwater Lake in England- a beautiful and peaceful place close to where I was born. My daughter has threatened to take my ashes to Hamilton Bay and dump them there saying "He'll never know"!! She must be stopped!!

No visitation, no funeral. Just a quick and cheap cremation- I want to be cooked "medium well". A memorial party would be OK provided there is alcohol and laughter. And, I have chosen the background music!!

Lang may yer lum reek!

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Memories

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mark iredale

December 29, 2019

I remember when I was a child driving from Manchester to Workington with my cousin Graham and Pauline in their VW Beetle which had a very pale white/beige interior (think the car was pale blue) and also when they came to live near us in Congleton Cheshire before they moved to Canada. Happy times

Sonia Hutchins

December 28, 2019

My uncle g was one of the funniest men I had the pleasure to know. I will always remember when me and my sister Natalie went to Canada to stay with them when we were there every night we would sit down stairs with a bag of popcorn and a crate of mr juicy cartons and watched movies we absolutely loved it. They also introduced us to taco bell which i will always be eternally grateful haha. I love u both so much and I am so glad you are together again xxx xx sonia xxxx

Natalie Wingrave

December 27, 2019

Uncle Graham was always a comedian, making us laugh as children and as adults. Every year at Christmas our English family would pass around the iPad and Skype our Canadian family. We would always look forward to doing this (avoiding any conversations regarding a certain. D Trump). Personally, Graham and (Pauline) were always so encouraging and positive about my career as a nurse and I endeavour to make them proud by qualifying and practicing as a nurse with they encouraging words in the back of my mind.
I'm sad your gone Uncle but so happy you get to be with your beautiful wife. Lots of love.
Natalie

Teri Marini

December 27, 2019

My condolences to you, Larissa, Steve and family. Losing both of your parents, let alone so closely together, is a heavy loss to bear. They are together again and I hope you find solace in that. I hope 2020 gives you a sense of renewal and hope. God Bless.

Colleen Wyhoda

December 27, 2019

The retiree group from HMECU will miss Graham immensely.

Heather Brown

December 27, 2019

Graham, I cannot believe you are no longer with us, but so happy that you left us with an obituary worthy of you! We will miss you and Pauline so much! I will also miss your FB rants--you had a concise and funny way of summing up what was happening in the world! You will be missed!

Neil Clark

December 27, 2019

The memory I have chosen out of so many is of a particularly obscure football match in 1971 when Graham brought his Sunday league team York Villa to play my college team in Oxford. The result was a spectacularly dull 0-0 draw but the post game celebration in the Beer Cellar was memorable. Football was only one of the many passions we shared, politics being one of the others We will all miss his rants!

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