CAPJACK, Clarence Eugene

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our husband and father Clarence Eugene Capjack on May 14, 2020, at the age of 80.  He was born October 3, 1939 in Elk Point, Alberta.  He passed away with his family at his side after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Clarence is survived by his wife of 56 years. Linda (Macaulay), his daughters Lisa Ludwig (Jamie), Gina Capjack (Jody Remezoff), his grandchildren Aidan and Madelynn Ludwig, and Emma and Evan Remezoff, brothers Orest and Lawrence Capjack and sister Arlene Burton.

Clarence had a rich life as a professor in Engineering at the University of Alberta for 36 years, golfing, biking, skiing, hiking and flying and building radio-controlled airplanes, and creating amazing woodworking projects.  Clarence loved spending time with his family and 4 grandchildren. His brilliant mind, kind nature and happy presence will be missed by everyone.

We are grateful to the kind and caring staff and doctors at the Cross Cancer Institute and the University of Alberta Hospital.

Following Clarence’s wishes, we will celebrate his life in private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation.

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Jay Nagendran, Registrar & CEO of APEGA

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta were saddened to hear of the passing of Clarence Capjack, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.). Clarence gave back to his chosen profession with volunteer service going back 38 years, and only retired from the Board of Examiners 6 years ago. In recognition of his many contributions Clarence was made a fellow of both Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada, and was awarded by APEGA in 2014 for his 25 years of volunteer service. Clarence will be remembered as a gentle and pleasant man who was unselfish with his time and his talents. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Donna Scott

Wanting to send along my sincere and heartfelt condolences to Linda, Lisa, Gina and extended families in this time of sadness and grief. I was so privileged to know Clarence and thankful for his kindness and generosity over the years to myself, Geoff and the girls, especially while we lived in Edmonton. A truly great man, his legacy will be cherished — his life a role model to live by.

Robert Rankin

I was very saddened to learn of Clarence Capjack’s passing and would like to offer his family my sincere condolences. He was a gentle, kind, honest family man and will be greatly missed by all.

Clarence came into my life in 1984, when he called my cottage in Wales to offer me a research position at the University of Alberta, which I was pleased to accept. He met me at the airport the day I arrived in Edmonton with a warm sincere greeting that was his trademark in life. Moving to another country is a difficult transition, and I am incredibly grateful for the guidance and friendship he and his family extended to me. My wife and I were very pleased when Clarence and his wife Linda attended our wedding.

There are many stories I can share, all positive, and characteristically humorous. One memory is our conference trip to the “Anomalous Absorption” conference near Lake Tahoe in the late 1980s. One afternoon we were free to explore the surrounding area, and so a group of us set out for a steep hillside climb above Lake Tahoe.

Five of us were bustling along the trail, neither one waiting for the other. On encountering a small stream too wide to straddle, three of us crossed first, leaving Clarence and me behind. As we were untying shoelaces and socks readying to forge the stream barefooted, our “colleagues” were already far ahead and soon vanished.

Not having a map of the trail, Clarence and I tried to catch up but soon became lost in the treeline. Being scientists, we decided on a plan to climb to a high-point that would let us determine the best route back down. Needless to say, after an hour or so of advancing and retreating, we finally came to an excellent viewpoint overlooking Lake Tahoe and the car park. We took some photographs that I still have and eventually made it back down. Clarence remarked at all the golfball-sized mosquito bites I had taken, not yet being acclimatized to living on a different continent. We were exhausted, and the second crossing of the stream was tedious, to say the least. It was hard not to scold our colleagues who had left us in the dust.

During our struggle through the treeline above Lake Tahoe, with no path in sight, there was never any loss of sense of humour or words of frustration. Instead, it provided an opportunity for a conversation that made it clear how good it must feel like to be part of Clarence’s family. His cleverness was not tarnished by arrogance and his life had balance few scientists achieve.

I will remember his love for his family and the warmth and respect he showed for the people he came in contact with. I have a profound appreciation for the friendship and mentorship he gave me. My final thought is to his family, who have lost a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Clarence’s life was richly filled with achievement, love, and respect. That is his legacy.
Robert Rankin

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