Clarence went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday July 5, 2022 at the age of 97.
Survived by his wife June, daughter and son-in-law Charlene Janes and Brian Barron, daughter and son-in-law Karen and Steve Balmer, son and daughter-in-law Derek and Nancy Janes.
Clarence married June the love of his life in 1951. Together they enjoyed 70 years of marriage. He was a veteran of World War Two enlisting with the Army at 17 years old in 1942. He was discharged for being underage. He immediately went to Halifax and joined the Navy. Upon discovery that he suffered from color blindness and being an accomplished trumpet player, Dad was posted to the Naval Band to provide much needed morale for the troops. This did not shelter him from the dangers of the war as on October 14th, 1942 he had orders to proceed to Sydney Cape Breton to sail on the SS Caribou to be stationed in Newfoundland. At the last minute he received a telegram stating that some of the band members were delayed and he was to sail with all the band the following day. That night the SS Caribou was torpedoed and sunk with great loss of life. Clarence was one of a handful of veterans still alive in Canada today. Later in life he played trumpet in the 8 Wing Band in Trenton, Ontario. He played in bands across Canada and in Newfoundland. Born into a family of musicians, Clarence had a deep love of music. He was the last of his family of 13 siblings. His wife and family were always very proud of his many life achievements and will always remember the never ending “song” in his heart!
In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place with no memorial visitation or services. Rest In Peace … you will always hold a special place in our hearts and minds … till we meet again.
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