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Memorable Manitobans: Ralph Clark (1928-2014)

Cleric, rancher.

Born at Sherkston, Ontario on 6 July 1928, son of George Clark (1891-1982) and Fanny Storm (?-1954), he received a degree from McMaster University then came to Manitoba in 1952 where he received a Theology degree from United College. After being ordained a United Church minister, he served at the Lauder United Church for six years as well as at LaRiviere, Dugald, Anola, Hamiota, Waskada, Kenton, Minto, Ninette, and Margaret. For ten years before retirement, he worked for the Manitoba Highways Department.

Active in amateur sports, in the late 1960s he coached the Hamiota Collegiate girls’ basketball team to a provincial championship, and he was a long-time announcer for the Hamiota Red Sox baseball team. He served as President of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League. After he retired, he and his wife Jean (?-2009) returned to Lauder where they raised cattle. He was said to have a photographic memory.

He died near Lauder between 26 and 29 December 2014 after getting his vehicle stuck in snow.

Sources:

“‘Piece of heaven’ near Lauder protected by new agreement,” Brandon Sun, 24 September 2009, page 21.

“Well-liked minister dies of hypothermia,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 2015, page B4.

“Cut from a different cloth,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 2015, page A7.

This page was prepared by Bill Redekop and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 January 2015

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