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CLARK, Jody Don

CLARK, Jody Don

A much loved father, grandfather, son and brother, Jody Don Clark, 66 of Kelowna, BC passed away suddenly on January 25, 2019 in Langley, BC.

Jody is survived by his grandchildren Pathe Major, Charlotte, Melissa and Vanessa Selka, his three children Crystal (Dirk) Selka, Heather Clark, and Quinten Clark, his mother Agnes Clark (Coghill), siblings Laura (Raymond) Bowen, and Lon (Diane) Clark, and many cherished cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by his father, Don Clark, and his beloved four-legged co-pilot, Jack.

Jody was born in London, Ontario on St. Valentine's Day, 1952. He grew up in Southern Ontario enjoying days at the beach with his mom and siblings and his father taught him how to hunt and fish. He accomplished many great things in his time here on Earth, and traveled many avenues in order to do so. Businessman, salesman, skilled tradesman, head honcho, hobby farmer, and entrepreneur were but a few of the ways he applied himself professionally. His character was such that it is not easily defined with mere words; a rebel, a rambler, a political animal. An advocate, an understanding ear. Brash, brazen and boisterous, yet an incredibly kind and gentle soul. He moved out west at a young age to find a place to build his dreams, and someone to share them with. He started his family in Edmonton, Alberta where he opened his own business called Clark Electro Coatings and spent the early to late 80’s painting everything from chain link fences to miles and miles of racking at the General Motors plant and also the gold metal hand railings in West Edmonton Mall. He eventually moved the family to BC in the early 90’s, making a home in the city of Kelowna. Thick and thin, through it all, Jody always persevered in every situation he faced, for the sake of his family. Jody took on a new task of being a single father and raising three teenagers, and he did just that, as best he could. Jody would always say, “Life is an adventure!”

He lived his ideal retirement life the past two and a half years camping and travelling the Okanagan, lower mainland and Vancouver Island in his retro RV. Jody spent the summer of 2017 running the campground at McCulloch Lake where he brought volleyball, badminton, arts and crafts and games night to the camping families, “Camp G-Pa” he called it. Jody loved nature and animals and found peace and freedom in travelling, seeing new sights and meeting new people. Jody was a man anyone would be proud to have called a friend. The years went by as they tend to do, and he continued to be there for his kids, no matter what. Only when he was absolutely sure of this would he resume his own adventures, and on January 25th, 2019 he embarked on his journey into the next realm.

At Jody’s request, cremation will take place and interment will be held at a later date.

"For I'm as free as a bird now--- and this bird you cannot change.."

Condolence Messages
  • Mar 11, 2019
    Around the corner I have a friend,
    In this great city that has no end,
    Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
    And before I know it, a year is gone.
    And I never see my old friends face,
    For life is a swift and terrible race,
    He knows I like him just as well,
    As in the days when I rang his bell.
    And he rang mine but we were younger then,
    And now we are busy, tired men.
    Tired of playing a foolish game,
    Tired of trying to make a name.
    "Tomorrow" I say! "I will call on Jim
    Just to show that I'm thinking of him",
    But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
    And distance between us grows and grows.
    Around the corner, yet miles away,
    "Here's a telegram sir," "Jim died today."
    And that's what we get and deserve in the end.
    Around the corner, a vanished friend.
    -Charles Hanson Towne
  • Feb 16, 2019
    To the family of Jodi I knew your father for many years, sorry for your loss. John Muylaert
  • Feb 11, 2019
    To the family of Jody. I knew Jody from his days in Strathroy. His Dad and my Dad were good friends.
    My sympathy goes out to you all. Treasure your many memories. They will last a lifetime.
    Sherry Cadman-Peto
  • Feb 11, 2019
    I remember when Amanda was in hospital with a broken jaw and Crystal wanted Jody to bring her immediately when she heard. Jody brought Crystal & insisted that we leave the girls alone & took me, the basket-case mother for a much needed beer at the Pheasant and Quail. It was a most pleasant distraction & he was so kind to do that! He will indeed be missed. R.I.P. Jody. To Crystal, Heather & Quinten, you will always have great memories to hold close.
    XO from Jayne and Don
  • Feb 11, 2019
    The last conversation we had was on Christmas Day, you sounded really happy. I never would have imagined I'd never see you again. I miss you so much Dad. You were telling me all about your plans for the future, and you asked me to come visit you. All I said was "we'll see." Well, I see now. Could've, would've, should've, though right? You are loved and missed by so many people, and you left a truly dynamic legacy. I'm proud to be your son. Rest easy now, Pop. I love you.
  • Feb 10, 2019
    Jody had an impact on my life. Never without a comeback to any comment given, he showed us how smart and caring of a man he was. Many talents and so much energy . He is greatly missed. Condolences to the family. I enjoyed every conversation I had with Jody over the years. The crew at Rutland Glass (Dave Neuman
  • Feb 09, 2019
    My condolences to the family. I loved your dad. He was certainly a character and always had great stories to share.
    Steph xo
  • Feb 08, 2019
    Sorry to hear. Was wondering what you were up to lately. Good memories. Pat Lees. RIP.
  • Feb 08, 2019
    Heather, Crystal and Quinten,
    Remember all the good times with your Dad when we were neighbours.
    Brian,Sheila and family.
    He will be remembered.
  • Feb 08, 2019
    We miss you so much Dad. I will never forget all of our road trips together and how you would turn the music way up loud and play air guitar on the steering wheel. You always knew the right things to say and always told me how proud you are of me. I can hear you saying, "Reach for the stars baby girl." You taught us all the meaning of unconditional love. We know you are watching over us, like you always do.
    Love you forever Dad,
    Crystal (your little peanut)
  • Feb 08, 2019
    Crystal, Heather and Quinten, my condolences to you and your family. Your dad was taken too soon.
    Leonie Bennett
  • Feb 08, 2019
    I will miss you my dear friend and always keep you near and dear to my heart. You were the sweetest junkyard Dog I ever met.
    Love you my friend,
  • Feb 07, 2019
    My condolence Heather and family, I love the quote and the lessons he taught you.
    Barbara Hallick
  • Feb 07, 2019
    We love you Dad. Always. You taught us the meaning of unconditional love, true compassion, and eternal optimism. Your wisdom and gentle guidance will never be forgotten.
    "To thine own self be true."
    Love, your little Cheech