Clarke passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 4, 2017 at his Toronto home. Regrettably, he had just been diagnosed with a challenging and uncompromising illness. Clarke was predeceased by both his parents, Phyllis and Fred Wodchis. He is survived by his sister Ellen, (St Catharines) and brother, Michael and family: Karen, Kaye and Vaughn (Austin, Texas).
Born in North Vancouver and living in many locations throughout North America as a youth, Clarke graduated from Ridley College and Brock University, both in St Catharines. He loved being a teacher at Martingrove Collegiate Institute in Toronto for the last 30 years where his passion for education and giving to others was unbridled. He taught a generation of students innovative courses in computers, entrepreneurship and business. He was regarded as invaluable and committed by both his colleagues and decades of students.
Clarke had many and varied interests that he especially enjoyed sharing with others: investments, cycling, backyard grilling, sports, native trees, humour, landscaping and renovating his townhouse just to name a few. Clarke had a wide yet intimate network of people in his life including his immediate family and cousins, his very close group of friends, his current and past colleagues and the neighbourhood community where Clarke was an active and enthusiastic participant for 25 years.
Clarke's family is forever grateful to his relatives, steadfast friends - especially Alla and Con, work colleagues, and his incredible caregivers during his illness.