Donald Vincent Clarkson

In Memory of

Donald Vincent Clarkson

June 11, 1915 –

October 22, 2008

Donald Vincent Clarkson passed peacefully into the hands of the Lord in the company of his loving wife Ruth Clarkson. He passed on Wednesday, October 22, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, his sons Peter Clarkson & Doug Hamm, and his daughters Sandra Dyck, Gloria Dale & Shelley Clarkson. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Don was a graduate of John Oliver High School in Vancouver, B.C. He then attended the Fairview King Edward High School of Commercial Radio Operators’ Room 19. Don found his passion for lighthouses during his summer relief position at the Quatsino, Race Rocks and Triple Island Lighthouses.

He was then a radar operator on the oil tanker “The California Standard.” His lifetime interest was radio communications and being a part of the H.A.M. radio club. Don received medals for his service with the R.A.F. ferry command during World War II.

In 1972 he and Ruth moved to Salt Spring Island from Abbotsford. Here he enjoyed the island life and ended up retiring here in 1980. He lived a full and happy life to the age of 93. He always enjoyed travelling around the world and being surrounded by his family.

His family would like to extend thanks to the staff of the E.C.U. at Lady Minto Hospital for their continuous and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lady Minto Hospital Foundation. Memorial service will be held at Salt Spring Island Baptist Church November 8 at 3:00 p.m.

NE7FQ signing off…

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