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SWEET, Clarence John (Jack)

October 14, 1921 – January 19, 2015

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the death of our husband and father after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Dad was born on the Carrot River, Saskatchewan homestead of his parents, Roy and Daisy Sweet. He was the fourth of 11 children. He spent his childhood in Saskatoon and on the family homestead.

In 1941, he joined the Canadian army, and then volunteered for the First Special Service Force, a joint Canadian and American commando unit concentrating on mountainous warfare. He proudly served in the Aleutian Islands and the Italian campaign for which the FSSF is famous. He participated in the taking of Mt. La Difensa where he was wounded by shrapnel; Mt. Sammucro where he was knocked unconscious from an artillery blast; and Mt. Majo where he fell ill from a concussion and infection. Following six weeks of hospitalization, he returned to his unit at the Anzio beachhead. There he endured daily artillery attacks for two long months. Following the bloody Anzio breakout where his company suffered a 70% casualty rate, Dad was hospitalized with exhaustion and did not return to front-line action.

After the war, he moved to Calgary to take training as a house painter. During training, he met our mother, Anne Gerk and married her in 1947. He started his own painting company, and continued to work until he suffered a mild stroke at the age of 79.
Dad’s family was the true center and focus of his life. He loved us more than anything in the universe, and we loved him just as much in return. By example, he taught us honesty, diligence, kindness and generosity.

Dad is survived by Anne, his wife of 67 years; his daughters Jacquie Vincent, Connie Griffiths, Karen Bassie (Rick) and Cathy Kincaid (Jim); his grandchildren Leanne and David Vincent, William, Janine and Jason Kincaid and Elizabeth Bassie; his great-grandchildren Jannah, Minnah, Ibrahim and Basmah; and his siblings Helen Barros, Herb Sweet, Francis Mazurek, Dorothy Crawford and Lucy Remai. We express our deep gratitude to Dr. Meshesha and the staff of Carewest Garrison Green where Dad resided for the last 4 ½ years of his life. At Dad’s request, there will not be a funeral or memorial service. Cremation has taken place. Condolences may be forwarded through

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  1. Anne, Karen, Jacquie, Connie, Cathy and family:
    It is with great sadness that we say farewell to a true hero Jack is one of the greatest generation that is slipping away too fast. When we first met in 2008, many things have happened and many lives have been enriched by having Jack with us. Jack, like his buddies, are in a class of their own. We will always carry Jack in that special place in our hearts where we keep our fathers. I know my life is better having Jack in it, where he will always be.

    Always here for you.
    Love from John and Ingrid

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  2. Merelou Bazurto :

    My deepest sympathy, he was one brave soldier. Thank You sir for your service.

    A FSSF daughter

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  3. When a Great Man leaves us it’s hard to understand why… But his love must be the power to going on… Goodbye Jack… Regroup with Your friends now

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  4. Words cannot fill the empty space Jack has left us. What we can do though is honour the values by which he lived, fought and worked. Jack’s heritage is with us and can be of guidance in times which require sound principles and determination. Thanks Jack!… and above all, thanks for your great reverberating smiles which continue to shine.

    Gianni Blasi

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  5. Pat Emmett (Sullivan) FSSF 6-2 :

    Karen and family,
    Sorry to hear the sad news of your dad’s passing. Sending prayers and thoughts. Karen I met you at the Halifax reunion, you told me how to get my dad’s service records. I am forever in your debt.

    -Pat Emmett daughter of Cyril Sullivan 6-2

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  6. GG 3rd floor nurisng floor :

    Our deepest condolences. Jack has left a hole in all of our hearts. We miss him and the presence of his family.

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  7. Sharilyn & Joe Zabinsky :

    Jack is a Hero and words are inadequate to express our sadness. We honor him by remembering his personal sacrifices to insure our freedom and peace, and further will never forget his beautifully mischievous eyes and warm smile. Our hearts and Love go out to your family Jack.

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  8. Christeen Finzel :

    Anne and Family

    We are saddened by the news about Jack. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Jack was such a kind soul, who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We know how much that you will all miss him, but you can take comfort and strength from the wonderful family you all had together. Your love for Jack will get you all through this difficult time.
    May God bless you and your family during this time and always.

    Jack will always have a very special place in our hearts

    Anna Kapuscinski, Christeen and Roy Finzel, Eileen, Robin and Evan Mailphant

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  9. Connie, Kathy and family,
    My condolences over the loss of your dear dad.
    Chris Chow

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  10. Mary Gudjurgis and Dinah Gudjurgis-Taven :

    To Anne, Jacquie, Karen and the Sweet Family-
    We are profoundly saddened by the passing of your husband, dad, and grandfather. We will miss his cheerful, friendly demeanor. We will remember fondly how kind, welcoming, and encouraging he was to Mary in the first few days of her arrival at Garrison, as she sat at an adjacent table. He continued to be such a kind person. We will miss the happy vision of the team at the back table of the dining room. It looked comfortable and cozy. We will miss his happy wave and smile as he left the dining room. And we will truly miss your entire family (and dog!). We are grateful for the good care you took of the residents, and for how you brought sunshine to the hallway with your plants. Our lives have been enriched by Jack, and your entire family. Thank-you and bless you all.
    Mary and Dinah

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  11. Anne, Karen, Rick, Elizabeth, and family.
    My deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.


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