A long time resident of Campbell River, Stuart passed away in the early morning of Thursday, August 14, 2003, at the age of fifty-seven.
Pre-deceased by his mother, Ruth Clark, and his Grandparents.
Survived by his wife Maria Clark, son Andy (Nikki), daughter Cielo, father George, brothers Mike (Rose) and Steve (Narda) and nephews Devin and Bailey.
Born June 21, 1946 in Vancouver General Hospital, Stuart came into the world with a bang as an earthquake hit the city the morning of his arrival. Stuart grew up in Campbell River and took a Pipe Fitting Apprenticeship, offered by his father, after he graduated high school. Stuart bought the family business, Van Isle Plumbing and Heating, in 1982 and successfully steered the business through the rough financial times of the early 80’s.
In 1989 Stuart was ready to move on and start a new challenge. He sold the business to his brother, Steve Clark and long time co-worker Fred Michaluk, and bought a commercial fishing boat. For the next six years Stuart worked two boats out on the seas, the Charlie II and Lament, traveling the coast of British Columbia from Masset to Steveston.
In January of 1994, Stuart met Maria and the two hit it off right away. The couple were a great partnership and in December of 1997, Stuart purchased Mae Mae Wonton House, in the Ironwood Mall, and with Maria, or Marilu as she is known, was right by his side working long hours to make the business successful. They were married November 7, 1999.
They ran the business together until he had a tragic accident on July 19, 2001, when he fell off his deck, severing his spinal cord. Stuart battled hard through his disability and was able to return home from GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre a little over a year after the accident. Even though the accident had robbed him of his limbs, Stuart’s spirit was not broken and his great wit and sense of humor was left in tact.
He will be greatly missed by all that met him, but never forgotten.
The family would like to thank Stuart’s home care workers Christine, Diane, John, Mettra, Scotia, Tina and Tracey for the excellent day to day care given to Stuart. We would also like to thank his home care nurses Barb and Heather and his doctor, K. Graham for their care and attention.
There was also great community support for Stuart, led by Scotty MacLaren, after his accident and we would like to thank all those that helped out. Stuart was also fortunate to have great neighbors in Ron and Joan Woodcox and Terry and Judy Kratzmann and we would like to thank them for their caring and support.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be given to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation.
The service will be held Thursday, August 21 at St. Patrick’s Church, starting at eleven in the morning.
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