CLARK, Bill

William Robert Clark of Edmonton, AB (May 21, 1935 to April 24, 2022) passed away while in the company of his loved ones after a short illness. He is survived by his children; Greg, Bill (Lorri), Christine (Fred) Vos and Jennifer (Brent) Lewis as well as his grandchildren Brenna Clark, Tyler (Anna) Vos, Tianna Vos (Chris Hendrey) and Sabrina Vos (Cory Mitchel). He will be lovingly remembered by his best friend “from across the street”, Louise Grocholski.
Bill was born in Edmonton to Frances and Fred Clark on May 21, 1935 and while in high school worked as an usher at the Avenue Movie Theatre. After graduation he began his Federal Public Service career working as a Post office clerk before beginning his career in Immigration in April 1955. He married Doris Elizabeth Boychuck in 1957 and then the immigration job took him to Calgary in 1958 where their first 3 children were born. His last move was back to Edmonton (1968) which included the birth of their last child.
Bill was always of good cheer and ready to lend a helping hand, whether to his family, neighbors or workmates. He was involved in the great garage raising in the York community where they built 3 garages and poured multiple driveway pads in one summer. To the end, he would make an offer to help, even if he couldn’t.
As the kids grew up, they have fond memories of Friday night milkshake night and Rummoli games, that turned into 5 movie night marathons. He was not allowed to play Monopoly because he cheated by being too nice. There are many happy memories of playing street hockey, going to the shooting range, and camping in the rain (best rain-soaked roasted potatoes ever!). Of course, when the camera came out everyone had to stop what they were doing and pose for a picture – never seen so many photos of people just looking at the camera – thanks Dad!
Dad spent lots of time with his grandkids – reading to them when they were small and ensuring they knew that elephants, and any other animal that he didn’t know the sound of, said “Snork”. As the grandkids got older, he took them swimming, golfing, out to the park etc. He was a huge part of their life when their father was sick and we are forever thankful for his help and support.
After he retired from the Public Service he discovered various hobbies and spent his time keeping busy and meeting new people. He joined a softball league and did some traveling with friends to places he had never gone before – Hawaii, Scotland, St Croix and a couple of cruises. Golf became a passion; playing three times a week, and he was so proud of himself when he got his first (and only) hole in one. He would ask anyone that listened “Did I tell you about my hole in one?” Who cared that it was a Par 3 course.? He joined the Northgate Seniors Centre where he took up furniture refinishing, duck carving (anyone need a duck?), photography and even ballroom dancing. For almost 20 years he enjoyed spending lots of time with Louise Grocholski, his “friend from across the street”.
Bill moved into Chartwell Griesbach 4 years ago and made many new friends and became reacquainted with old ones. He took up new hobbies and joined the senior’s activities such as shuffleboard (his team won the championship due to his cheering), bingo, barnyard races, Bocce ball and was crowned the Beer Pong champ in 2019!
Dad was loving, friendly and one of the genuine good guys. His sense of humour, commitment and loyalty has been passed on to his children. He believed life was too short to spend it being miserable. He will leave a void in the hearts of anyone who knew him. Thank you for being in our lives.
The family would like to thank the care team at Unit 3D at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital for their care and compassion for Dad while he was there. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital at: https://glenrosefoundation.com (Designation: Geriatric Rehabilitation). We ask that your donations be specifically marked for Unit 3D either on your payment or on the donation form. Cheques can be mailed to:
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
#1018, 10230-111 Ave. NW
Edmonton, AB
T5G 0B7
While the family will be holding a private interment, they invite you to join them to share a quick story or anecdote about Bill at an open house celebration of life at McCrae Estates, 4450 McCrae Avenue NW, Edmonton on Thursday May 5, 2022 between 1:30 and 4:00 pm. There will be no formal service.

Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel
780-477-7500

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Gail & Douglas Batchelder

We had the great fortune to meet & socialize with Bill through our next door neighbour. A man of many interests we so enjoyed our times with him. After our trip to Scotland I was able to compare our trip notes with him & tell him we made it to ‘John O’Groats’ like he had suggested.
Our sincerest condolences to the Clark family – we’ll miss him…

Hugh English

Very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We had made plans to get together when I was going to be in Edmonton in early April but it was not meant to be.

I worked for Bill from 1975-80 when he was the Officer-In-charge of the Canada Immigration Centre in Edmonton. He was in charge of a staff of 20 or so including Immigration officers, court reporters, secretarial and clerical personnel covering northern Alberta from Red Deer which also included the NWT. We were busy and Bill was our moral compass. He and supervisor George Wojtowicz made a good team and we were keen to do the job both on the recruitment and selection and enforcement side.

Our nickname for Bill was “Mother” or “Mother Clark” mainly based on his oversight and concern that things were done right. We were usually able to convince him that our actions and outcomes were appropriate. There was a lot of social interaction and parties with staff as we worked hard together and had fun together too.

Looking back, it really is all about people and as many have confirmed, Bill was a good guy.!! I am glad we kept in touch over the years and reminisced about the old days. I know that the isolation which we all experienced during COVID impacted his abilities to socialize and visit and I regret we weren’t able to meet last month.

Remembering a boss, a friend and celebrating a life well lived which will continue through his family. If you have a surplus of ducks, I would like one as a remembrance. Sincere condolences to the family and thank you for letting me know.
Hugh English

Eric and Kelly Johnstone

We were so sad to hear of Uncle Bill’s passing. We spoke to him last January and he was his same feisty self. We will miss the chance to hug him one more time. He was a great hugger.
His philosophy to live life without being a miserable SOB is one we take to heart. We may also start carrying our cocktails around in commuter cups in his honor.
To Dad, Bill became the brother he never had. The two of them were hilarious and kindred souls. The stories of their trip to Scotland made us wish we had been there with them.
After Dad passed, Bill was a tremendous support and friend to Mom. They spoke often and had lunch together frequently.
Kelly loved him the minute she met him. You know how they say some people have a smile that lights up a room? That was Bill.
We will miss him terribly. He was so easy going, loving and gracious. And we are proud to have a number of his carved ducks in our permanent collection.
To our cousins and their families, we send our sympathies and condolences on the loss of such a great Dad and Grandfather. But we are happy to know that he lives on in each of you and your children. The world needs more Bill Clarks. May he rest in peace. We will carry him in our hearts always.
Eric and Kelly Johnstone

Merv Bamber

My sympathies to all of you kids. Went through all 12 years of school together, spent a lot of time together in our teens and ended up as brothers in law.
Saw a lot of one another in our earlier married years.
Reconnected at Northgate Seniors.
Always enjoyed Bill’s good nature and friendship.
Will miss him.

Sheila/Don Parker

~ a supportive and wonderful neighbor next door. … so many years ago now. Bill will always be remembered for his sense of humour, spirited, educational and fascinating conversations that would carry on for awhile between ‘Our Dads’. Any one who called Bill a neighbor or friend, was indeed fortunate to do so.
Condolences to the family at this time.

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