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CLARK, Mary-Ann (nee Bourque)

August 31, 1961 – April 21, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our adored wife and mother, Mary-Ann Clark on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the age of 51 years after a three year battle with cancer.

Mary-Ann was born in Port Hope, Ontario, however the family moved back east where she grew up on the eastern coast of New Brunswick. She was very proud of her Acadian French heritage and fondly remembers summers at Parlee Beach in Shediak, N.B. In the spring of 1986, after completing her business diploma at College de Bart in Old Quebec City, she boarded a greyhound bus for a gruelling seven day trip to Whitehorse, Yukon to visit her sister and learn to speak English. It was there that she met the love of her life, Bob. They were complete soul mates from the moment they met. They moved to Victoria in 1989 and were married in the UVic chapel on December 30, 1989. They spent their honeymoon moving into a basement suite before classes started for the second semester. The family moved to Calgary in 1993. Mary-Ann worked as an advisor for the federal government and finally at Petro Canada. However, her passion was her family and attending their various activities. They were first and always foremost in her heart.

Mary-Ann is survived by her husband Bob; her three wonderful children Keegan, Sarah and Josh; mother Emerise Bourque of Ste-Joseph de Beauce; sisters Louise Bourque (Roger), Quebec, and Johanne Bourque (Ed), Whitehorse; and brother Claude (Jessie), China; Bob’s parents Norm and Joan; his sisters, Cindy Roberts (Jim), Carole Goodreau (Leroy) and Deb (Fairbanks) Stewart (Iain). She also leaves many nieces and nephews in Alberta, Quebec, Yukon and China; as well as many cousins and numerous friends from coast to coast. Mary-Ann was predeceased by her father Louis and brother-in-law Stew Fairbanks.

Mary-Ann lived these last years with courage and calmness. She was an inspiration to all. We’ll see you again my love.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made directly to the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada, 620 Colborne Street, Suite 301, London, Ontario N6B 3R9, www.braintumour.ca/129/in-memory or to the charity of your choice.

In living memory of Mary-Ann Clark, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Sandy Hunter :

    Bob and family,

    I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I remember first meeting Mary-Ann at our ten year HS reunion (!) and being blown away at what a gracious, beautiful lady she was. My thoughts are with you all.

    – Sandy Hunter

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  2. To Bob and your family:
    Thinking of you in your loss and wishing you strength and comfort at this difficult time. With sincere sympathy, Wendy Brooks

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  3. Dr. Phil and Gail Conway :

    Dear Bob, Keegan, Sarah and Josh
    We send you our deepest sympathies and prayers.

    Phil, Gail, Cole, Sydney and Carley

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  4. Yvette Lamberton :

    Dear Bob and family;
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mary-Ann. We are thinking of you during this difficult time, and want to offer our deepest sympathies. Bill, Yvette, and Michael Lamberton

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  5. Bob,

    So sorry for your loss.

    Gord Forbes & Eva Im.

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  6. Chris and Jill Carlsen :

    Dear Bob, Keegan, Sarah and Josh,

    Thinking of you guys in this difficult time. Remember to always hold tight to the great memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.

    Chris and Jill Carlsen

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  7. Lise Bourque :

    Our deepest sympathies to the Clark and Bourque families.

    From your New Brunswick family.

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  8. Bernice Matte (Bourque) :

    My deepest sympathies to all of you. I only had the pleasure of meeting Mary-Ann a few times in my life which was unfortunate because we were cousins and so young. I remember her as a very beautiful girl with a love of life and purpose. Hugs to my aunt Emerise and the family too.
    Bernice, Herve and Dorine Bourque of Shediac, NB

    Brother of the late Louis Bourque (Mary-Ann’s deceased father)

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  9. Kelly Donkersloot :

    Mary-Ann was my friend and I will miss her. She was always so positive about everything. I remember sitting next to her at work and I could hear her talking to her children on the phone, constantly using the words, “my love” when she spoke to them. I will always remember my friend and the times I shared with her. My heartfelt sympathies to Bob and family.

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  10. Michelle Rodgerson :

    Bob and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies are with your family.

    Michelle & Len Rodgerson

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  11. Dear Bob, Keegan, Sarah & Josh,

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

    I had the pleasure of working in the same office as Mary Anne during her time at HRSDC (Fed Gov of Canada). She had the most contagious smile & spirit of anyone I knew. We all knew how much she loved her life, her Bob & her children.
    Thinking of you all at this time & wishing you strength & comfort.
    Sincerely, Paula

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  12. Brenda Pearson and Davin Chandler :

    Bob and Family,

    Our deepest condolences. We hope that your life together and the memories you’ve created provide comfort and maybe even a few laughs. You are in our thoughts.

    Brenda Pearson and Davin Chandler

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  13. William Pontes :

    Dear Bob and family,

    I was very sad to hear of your wife’s death. I remember meeting her with you at the Millarville fair about twenty years ago, and it was obvious how well-matched you two were. May God give you all strength and consolation.

    Sincerely,
    W. Pontes

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  14. Claudine -Sylvie -Louisette - Poulin :

    Nous souhaitons a Louise et toute sa famille nos sincères condoléance.
    Bon courage.

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  15. Sincères condoléances Tante Emerise, Johanne, Louise et Claude. Although we never had the privilege of meeting Bob and children, we express our deepest sympathies to you as you face this great loss. I will keep fond memories of Mary-Ann as a teenager spending her summer vacations amongst the Bourque family in Shediac.

    Cousin Odette (Bourque) Léger, Richard and Stéphanie

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  16. Jan and Mike Freeman :

    Bob, Keegan, Sarah and Josh

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. May her memories be your comfort, now and forever.

    Jan, Mike, Doug and Danny Freeman

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  17. Marcinew Family :

    Dear Bob Keegan Sarah and Josh

    Our deepest sympathies. Mary Ann was one of the most positive people . Her smille was beautiful and so was she inside and out.

    Ed Mary Mac Alex and Matty

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  18. Rainer & Marlene Augsten :

    Marlene and I wanted to express our deepest sympathies with the passing of Mary-Ann. I can’t imagine the pain and struggles that Mary-Ann, you and the family have endured. She looked so good when we last saw her in January. I didn’t know her well but what I did see was someone that was very strong and loving and I know you and her were a great example of a happy couple. Her obituary was a wonderful glimpse into her life and made me wish I had known her better. We wish you and your family the strength to get through this difficult time.

    Rainer & Marlene Augsten

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  19. Leslie Baxter :

    Dear Bob, Keegan, Sarah, & Josh;
    We are so very sad for your loss. We have loved Mary-Ann for 25 years. She was always so optimistic and a special, loving friend. We have many memories that we can share for years to come.
    Love Greg, Leslie, & Sean

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  20. Bob and Family

    We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on your most difficult and painful loss.

    Our thoughts and prayers for strength and comfort are with you.

    Jim and Shelley Keough

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  21. Elizabeth and Tom Diamond :

    To Bob and family, we are so sorry to hear of Mary-Ann’s passing. I had the privilege of working with Mary-Ann at Petro-Canada and very much enjoyed her enthusiasm and positive outlook. She always had a smile for those around her. We are thinking of you during this very difficult time and offer our deepest sympathies.
    Elizabeth and Tom Diamond

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  22. Bob,

    I am very sorry for your loss. You and Mary-Ann have been in my prayers since you first shared the story of how you met, and the life you created together. You and your family remain in my prayers Bob. I wish you peace and strength during this very difficult time.

    Chad Hughes

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  23. Bob, we are so sad to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.
    Take Care,
    Chris and Sue Soby

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  24. Richard Boulet et Normande labbé :

    Il y a dans nos vie des personnes qui laisse des traces indélébile. Mary-Ann a été une de ces personnes-là pour moi. C’est avec stupeur et un très grand chagrin que j’ai appris sa maladie et son décès. Si mes sympathies étais écrites sur du papier, vous y verriez les larmes de mon chagrin. Toutes mes sympathies à. Bob, Keegan, Sarah, Josh, Émerise, Johanne, Louise, Claude ainsi que les conjoints
    Mes symphaties les plus sincères.
    Richard

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  25. Sonia et Gilles :

    Je suis vraiment attristée d’apprendre le décès de Marianne. Je tiens à dire à Louise et toute sa famille que je vous accompagne par la pensée. Gilles se joint à moi pour vous souhaiter mes plus sincères condoléances.
    Sonia et Gilles

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  26. Françoise et Russel St-Joseph de beauce :

    Nos sincères condoléances à la famille Clark ainsi que la famille Bourque, maman Emerise, Johanne, Louise, Claude. Mary-Ann même loin de nous tu étais dans nos pensées et notre coeur tu y resteras à jamais.

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  27. Arnie Brownlees :

    Bob, very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Arnie and Lynette

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  28. Diane Baxter :

    Dearest Bobby,
    Because you are family, Mary-Ann has always felt like family too. The Baxters are holding you and your children close in our hearts. We are always here for you and we love you.

    Diane Baxter

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  29. Adrien Lessard :

    Mes plus cinceres condoleances a la famille a l,occasion du déces de Mme Mariane

    Adrien Lessard , le pere de Sylvain
    832 ave du moulin app 122
    g0s2v0 St. Joseph Beauce

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  30. Gisèle et Michel Poulin (Jean, Chantale et Marie France) :

    Nos plus sincères condoléances à Bob et sa famille ainsi qu’à Emerise, Johanne, Claude et Louise Bourque.
    La famille Bourque était nos voisins à St-Joseph de Beauce, alors nous les avons bien connu et nous conservons d’excellents souvenirs d’eux.
    Bon courage à vous tous.

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  31. Sandy Masterton :

    Hello Bob and the Clark family.

    My deepest condolences and thoughts are with you all. I just received a call from Kevin Koopman that your beautiful wife Mary-Ann has passed. My immediate and bright memory of meeting Mary-Ann at the staff Christmas Party on 2 occassions…and of her instantaneous smile, kindness and welcome that she extended to me. Mary-Ann made an immediate impression on me, and I knew that we had connected. To me Mary-Ann was a lady, the kind that makes life so much nicer, gentler and exciting. Wendy and I are with you and your family in spirit Bob…and always will be. Your friend Sandy Masterton…Comox,BC.

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  32. Daniel Audet et Martine Lambert :

    Mes condoléances à toute la famille Bourque ainsi qu’a son mari et ses enfants voici une pensée qui réconforte (Il ne faut pas pleurer pour ce qui n’est plus mais être heureux pour ce qui a été).Martine Lambert et Daniel Audet St-Joseph de Beauce

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  33. Daniel Audet et Martine Lambert :

    Il ne faut pas pleurer pour ce qui n’est plus mais être heureux pour ce qui a été.(la traduction est inexacte)

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  34. Leslie Rowe :

    Hi Bobby!
    I met you so long ago at Mendenhall-I was Johanne’s neighbour. I wanted to offer you and your family my condolences for the loss of a great person, Mary-Ann. I lost my father to cancer and some other friends, and completely understand the difficult times. I wish you and your family the strength and courage you need to accept and to move forward in your lives. Sincerely, Leslie

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  35. Hélène Gilbert :

    Je suis profondément attristé d’apprendre que tu nous as quitté, il me vient à l’esprit de beaux souvenirs de toi ma belle Marianne. Je suis en pensée avec vous, Bob et les enfants, Émerise, Johanne, Claude et Louise (ma Loulou) ainsi que vos conjoint(es). Mes plus sincères condoléances.
    Hélène

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  36. Danielle St-Pierre, St-Joseph de Beauce :

    J’ai été vraiment attristé se soir d’apprendre le décès de Mary-Anne. Je n’ai que de bon souvenir de notre jeune vie d’ado elle et moi sur le Boul.Vachon et sur la rue Allard et toute les fois qu’elle m’invitait à souper chez elle. Je garderai ton beau sourire dans ma mémoire. À toute la famille Bourque mes plus sincères condoléance.
    Danielle St-Pierre dit Dannie de chez Conrad Gagné ♥♥♥

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  37. Vincent Lagueux :

    Il y a de cela bien longtemps, au milieu des années 70, j’ai pu être plus proche de Marianne et avoir la chance de découvrir la belle personne qu’elle était. Le temps a passé mais ce souvenir d’adolescence est demeuré parmi mes meilleurs. C’est avec chagrin que j’apprend son décès. Mes plus sincères condoléances à Louise et Claude que j’ai mieux connu, à Johanne et Mme Bourque de même qu’à sa petite famille et son époux Bob. Je vous souhaite que son souvenir vive longtemps dans vos cœurs.

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  38. Edith et Line Lafontaine :

    Le départ de Marianne nous a chagrinées…
    Moi et Line nous avons que de beaux souvenirs de Marianne. À l’époque nous étions jeunes et pleines de joie de vivre…malgré toutes les années que nous nous sommes pas revus…nous avons jamais oublier sa gentillesse et sa belle personnalité. Mes sincères condoléances à Louise et Claude et toute sa famille…Édith et Line

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  39. Francine Arton Jacques :

    Je suis désolée pour la perte de votre sœur bien-aimée je suis de tout cœur avec vous. Mes , Louise, Claude et la famille

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  40. Josee Lambert et Richard Drouin :

    Sincères condoléancesg a toute la famille Clark , Mme Emerise Bourque, Johanne, Louise et Claude ainsi qu’a vos conjoints respectifs.
    Josée et Richard, St-Joseph de Beauce

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