W. Clark ALDER

W. Clark ALDER


On 21 September, 2008, Alder Clark passed away in White Rock, B.C. He leaves to celebrate the gift of his life his beloved wife, Kristjana Magnusson Clark, nieces and nephews across Canada, and many friends, including fellow Rotarians. He was predeceased by his first wife, Meryle (Clements), parents, Fred and Jessie Clark, infant brother Frederick, sister Isabel, and brother Erskine.

Born in 1910, in Alberton, Prince Edward Island, Alder came west as a young man, to Wilkie, Saskatchewan, to work with his uncle, founder of W.C. Wells Construction Company. During World War II, he built training airstrips in the prairies (including the famous runway at Gimli, Manitoba). In the 50’s & 60’s, he was responsible for buildings, roads, and highways that were making Edmonton a modern city.

In Wilkie, Alder found his first wife, Meryle Clements, with whom he shared a rich and joyful life for fity-two years. They forged special bonds with nieces and nephews and opened their home to several, so they could study at the University of Alberta. When he retired (early, to see the world), they went west again, to Victoria, then settled in White Rock. After Meryle’s death, Alder met and married Kristjana in 1995. He delighted in her company and in her family, declaring that no other man had been so lucky. Always positive, he bore the afflictions of old age with humility and grace.

We will celebrate his accomplished and loving life on October 3rd at 2 p.m., at a service in the chapel of Victory Memorial Park Funeral Center, 14831-28 Ave., Surrey, B.C. V4P 1P3.

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