With profound sadness we announce the sudden passing of our dad, Harvey James Clare at his home, in the Municipality of McDougall, on December 2nd 2023. Born in 1940, at Parry Sound, Ontario, he was 83 years old.
Loving husband of Sharon (Jacklin). Married for 18 years, they were active members of the McDougall/Parry Sound community. Sharon and Harvey started every morning with 2-3 games of Skip-Bo over coffee. Sharon would lovingly read daily to Harvey from the local paper, Readers Digest or books that he loved, as his eyesight was waning. Over the years they shared outings to the Senior’s Centre to enjoy music that dad enjoyed and share a game of cards with friends. A visit to their home would come with an offer of a muffin that dad had baked that morning.
Harvey was the second child of Minot and Bertha (MacFarlane). He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Joan (Bob) McDonald, and his brother Gord (Ann). He is survived by his sister Mary (Don) Brown and his brother Patrick (Luci).
Harvey married his first wife Mary Elizabeth Humphreys (Betty, d 2013) on September 16th, 1960 and together they raised a family in Stewarttown. Beloved father of Jamie of Parry Sound, John (Rosa) of Brampton and Joe (Barb) of Georgetown. Loved, cherished and proud Papa to Jennifer, Stefanie, Liam, Reece and Ayden.
Dad loved to give unique Christmas and Birthday gifts such as books and handmade games or puzzles. Many times, these gifts were made by Dad. Annually one would receive a Christmas letter carried by a team of sled dogs during the Seguin Ontario Sled Dog Mail Run. Legend has it that he even mailed a letter written on birch bark that was delivered to a friend. He loved “off the beaten path” places or sites and the backroads were the only way to get there. One of his favourite places was the small bush property “O’er the tracks, by the Boyne” where stood an old cabin built by the family in the early 1950’s. Friendships were made and kept up, from all across Canada, to the hills of Kentucky.
Cremation has taken place and a private family internment will take place at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
We are very sorry to hear of Harvey's passing and send our sincere sympathies to the Clare and Jacklin families. We will miss that Clare twinkle (from his mother Bertha) in his eyes whenever we met.-Ed and Diane
So sorry for your loss Sharon and Jamie. Your husband and dad was a very nice guy. About 2 weeks ago he gave me a Reader’s Digest to read an article about Ireland and the Gaelic language. A very special man indeed again. So sorry for your loss.-Frank Stallard
Sorry to hear about Harvey. He was a good man. Friend and Optimist member in Georgetown-Dan Martin
Gord and I were so sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. Sending our prayers and condolences to Sharon and the families. Irva and Gord-Irva Stewart
Sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Everytime I drive on 124 to the cottage I have a look over and think of you guys..
We want to express our heartfelt sympathies to Sharon and the entire Clare family. Harvey was a dear friend to our family. So very sorry for your loss of this wonderful soul.-Ron & Laurie MacLeod
Condolences to Sharon and family. They were a special couple
We are so very sorry for the loss of your dad and grandpa. Please know that we are thinking of you guys at this time. If there is anything we can do, please ask. XO-Jay and Jackie
I am sorry for your loss.-Barbara Carhart
Deepest sympathies for your loss Sharon and family.-John and Gail Jacklin
Sharon and family, Norm and I send our sincere sympathy. Harvey's smile will be missed at the Senior's Jam sessions when Sharon sings!-Muriel Stiles
So sorry to hear of Harve' passing. Condolences to the Clare Family-Bill Cook
Our deepest condolences to Sharon, her family and Harveys family. They were great neighbours.
Irva and Gord Stewart
Dear Sharon & the Clare Family: I am saddened to read of Harvey’s passing. He was a very welcoming, caring & happy man & I have been fortunate to have him as a friend. I offer you my sincere condolences & hope to meet up with Harvey again if there is an afterlife.
Sharon, Jamie - we are sorry to hear about Harvey. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a very nice man. We remember him when I used to play piano at First Baptist Church.-Vern & Alice Rae
My sincere condolences to Sharon and the Clare families. Sharon - your love for each other was admirable. I have so many wonderful memories of Harvey, including him bringing Jennifer and Stefanie to St Helena to hang out with me for the day - I hope you both are doing well. He will be dearly missed by all who were so lucky to have known him. Much love to you all ❤-Melissa MacLeod
Sharon and family....we were so sorry to hear of Harvey's passing. Thank you Sharon for letting us know. Harvey always greeted us with a smile and a friendly handshake at Sunday Services. He will be Missed but always Remembered.-Dan and Gail Galley
Jamie, John, Joe, and families.
So sorry to hear of Harv's sudden passing. I hadn't seen him in years but I have fond memories of him at his home in Stewarttown when we were all hanging out. One specific memory was of him working away on his signature chili. May he RIP.
In 1992 I did a big PEI road trip with Harv. He would continually ask me why we were driving so fast. "We are supposed to be touring" he would say. The next sentence from Harv would be "I am so dry I can barely speak" which meant a beer was imminent. Rest well sir! You live in my heart.-Stu Eckert
Our sincere condolences to the family. Enjoyed seeing him at the Seniors' Club, especially with his delicious baked goods! Our thoughts and prayers are sent to Sharon….
Hector & Gurneth
Our condolence to Sharon & family We are sorry to hear of Harvey's passing. We will miss our time together at the the seniors center on Tuesdays music sessions .-Bud & Pep