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Helen Buss (nee Margaret Clarke)

October 28, 2023


March 28, 1941 - October 28, 2023

In loving memory ~

(Prof Emer. PhD Eng. MA Eng. BA Edu. BA Arts)

Born on March 28, 1941, in St. John's, Newfoundland, Helen passed away on October 28, 2023 in Surrey, B.C. Dr. Helen Margaret Buss was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, writer and feminist academic. Born in the dawn of WWII, and growing up through the confederation of Newfoundland, Helen was a political creature from the start. Her multiple perspectives, contradictory loyalties and obligations to opposing histories are explored through her body of written works, archived at the University of Calgary, which includes her novels, poetry, dramatic play, memoirs, academic articles, reviews and texts focused on Canadian Women's Literature and Life Writing. She is predeceased by her parents Harold and Kathleen Clarke, her infant daughter Tanya, her brother David Clarke (Diane) and husband Richard Buss and survived by her siblings Kathy, Hal (Barb) and Peter (Sandy) Clarke, and her many nieces and nephews from the Clarke and Buss families, whom she cherished. Her sons Michael (Linda) and Matthew, daughter Erica, and grandsons Eric and Alec are left to mourn, relieved that the end of her enduring tale came swiftly. As per her request, there will be no ceremony. Donations to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. Full tribute online at and (by Nov 11).

Rest in peace Professor Buss, Helen, Margaret, Grandma, Mom.

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