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CLARE – Frederick Bernard (Barney)

June 17, 1915 – July 4, 2010

Dad passed away peacefully at the Bow Crest Care Centre at the tender age of 95.

He will always be loved and remembered by his daughter Joan Rouse (John); son Bob (Jan); son-in-law Mike Lemire; his cherished grandchildren, Graeme Rouse (Jessica), Allison Clare (Will Woods), Stuart Clare, and Jamie Lemire; and his special great grandson Harper Rouse. Dad is also survived by his brother Harvey (Robyn); sister-in-law Helen Smith; and many nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by our mother Beth; his daughter Elizabeth Lemire; his brother Victor; and his sister Wyn.

Dad was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word, beloved and respected by those who knew him both professionally and socially. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Geology. He worked for Imperial Oil for twenty-nine years and then for Bongard Leslie/Nesbitt Burns until he retired at 76 years young. Dad was also a founding member of St. David’s United Church and was an active volunteer for many charities over the years.

Dad lived a very full and exciting life – fifty-five of them with our mother Beth. They loved spending time with their family and taught us all the value of remaining close. He was known for his prowess with a pool cue, a curling rock, a tennis racquet, and a golf club and was fondly renowned for making his own rules for all of these games. He loved his many years at the Calgary Winter Club and the Earl Grey Golf Club.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dad’s honour may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110,, or to St. David’s United Church Foundation, 3303 Capitol Hill Crescent N.W., Calgary, AB T2M 2R2, Telephone: (403) 284-2276. Special thanks to Dr. David Todd and the 2nd Floor nursing staff at Bow Crest for the care, compassion, and respect they showed Dad during these last few months.

In living memory of Barney Clare, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Bob Meneley :

    I knew Barney for many years, first at Imperial Oil and later when he was my investment advisor. He was a wonderful person who always had a smile and time for a chat. My condolences to all of the family.

    Bob Meneley

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  2. The Bowman Family :

    Our thoughts are with you at this time.

    Barney will be missed by all. We will cherish our memories of times spent with Uncle Barney and Auntie Beth and your family.

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  3. Clare Beers :

    My condolences to the family of Barney Clare, whom I met while entertaining on piano at Scenic Acres Retirement Residence. Barney would be brought from SLU and was always so friendly. I would say to him,”Good morning, Barney, how are you today?” He would say, “Well I’m not dead yet; at least I don’t think I am”. I would give him a little pinch, and would say, “No, you’re not!” Then we would both laugh. When my hour of entertaining was over I would always say good-bye to him and wish him a good day. In recent months he was not there and I did not know that he was moved to Bow Crest, and I missed him. I wish I had known him years ago. You must be very proud of your Dad. Sincerely, Clare Beers

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  4. Casey Hannigan/Al Hickey :

    Michael, Jamie, Joan, John, Bob, Jan, Graeme, Allison, Stuart,
    We are holding you close to our hearts today as you honor your Dad/Grandpa and say goodbye. He and our Lizzie will no doubt be hangin’ out, possibly having a round or two (golf and/or cool one???).You were all so wonderful to him…a true example for the rest of us. Hold onto those great memories and to each other. With heartfelt love, Al and Casey

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  5. Tom and Shirley Swanby :

    To Bob and Jan Clare and family:

    We were saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. We remember both your Mom and Barney from the early days of St Davids. A really fine couple. I know there will be a big hole in your hearts and we send our sympathy to all of you.

    Sincerely, Tom and Shirley Swanby

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