Posted: August 25th, 2023

MR. JOHN STEPHEN CLARKE 1928 – 2023 Mr. John Stephen Clarke of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Denice Clarke, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at the age of 94 years.
John was born on October 21, 1928 and was raised and educated in Lamont, Alberta.
In 1945, John pursued a military career as a cadet, but was not deployed as the war ended. John returned to Edmonton and trained as a telegraph operator and worked for the CPR at numerous locations throughout Alberta.
John met Denice Watts at his posting in Rimbey, Alberta and they were married on June 2, 1953. They went on to have three children and recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
John is survived by his wife Denice; children Ken (Linda) Clarke, Lorraine (Sergio) Giordano, Barbara (Darin) Rayburn; grandchildren Amy, Ian, Kevin, Madisen and Ainsley as well as his great-grandchild Easton. John is also survived by his sister Mary McWilliam and Eunice Couet and numerous nieces and nephew.
Because of railroad job cuts, John accepted a position at Martin Bros. Ltd. in Lethbridge in 1965 where he became General Manager shortly thereafter and retained that position until semi-retirement in 1987. John served his community by volunteering as a member of the Rotary Club, Elder of the Presbyterian Church, Royal Canadian Legion, Chamber of Commerce and Miner’s Library.
Retirement enabled John to enjoy his hobbies including taxidermy, fishing, hunting, camping, travel, with a special interest and passion for woodworking.
John cherished his time spent with family and friends and will be truly missed.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at 12:00pm on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS WATERTON SUITE, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Daniel Surya, officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please go to and scroll to the bottom of John’s obituary page.
A Private Family Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
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