CLARK, John Wilson.MD.,CM., FRCSC,FACS. – Died Thursday, October 17, 2013 aged 94 at Greater Niagara General Hospital. Dr. Clark was born to the late Ada Wilson and John James (JJ) on the farm at Ballyduff, Ont. He attended Lindsay High School and graduated at age 22 in Medicine from Queen’s University in Kingston.
Following an internship at Ottawa Civic Hospital he joined the Canadian Navy from 1942-1946. From 1943 to 1945 he was on loan to the British Navy as Medical Officer for the 4th Minesweeping Flotilla. On D-Day they swept in ahead of the American Task Force at Omaha Beach.
He was discharged as Surgeon Lt. Commander and returned to Halifax where he met and married Dr. Lillian Sugarman of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Following four years of surgical training at Montreal he began 43 years of practice in Niagara Falls in 1950. He was former President of the Medical Staff, Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff. In 1989 he received the Glenn Sawyer Award for outstanding service to the profession and community.
In 2005 he was appointed to Honorary Staff, Niagara Health System.
Dr. Clark was former President of the Canadian Club of Niagara Falls, former President of the Medico-Legal Society and Elder Emeritus of Drummond Hill Presbyterian Church.
His many hobbies included bridge, golf, skiing, curling, fishing and tennis. Also spending time with family and friends who meant so much to him as did he to the countless people whose lives he touched in ways that words alone cannot capture.
He is predeceased by wife, Lillian (August 25, 2013) and survived by son James Richard, daughter Deborah Jane Allerton (late Chris) and granddaughters, Kristen Clark Allerton and Kerry Bethany Allerton.
Family will receive friends at the MORSE & SON FUNERAL HOME, 5917 Main Street, Niagara Falls on Friday October 25th from 5 – 7 p.m. and at Drummond Hill Presbyterian Church, 6136 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, on Saturday October 26th from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. with memorial service to follow at Drummond Hill Presbyterian Church at 1:30 p.m.
If desired, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Drummond Hill Church Hope Fund or the Greater Niagara General Hospital Foundation.