October was Gary’s most loved month.  Halloween was his very favourite holiday as well as Oktoberfest.  He was born on October 19, 1948 and passed away on October 3, 2022.  Gary is survived by his loving wife Lisa, son Jason (Vanessa), daughter Alison (Paul), granddaughters Lily and Gigi, brother-in-law David and family, sister-in-law Yvonne, nephew Graham and family.

Gary was a proud veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces having served four tours of duty overseas.  He was an avid drummer with both The Queens Own Rifles of Canada and the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Corps of Drums.  He lived a full life after leaving the military, enjoying taking his grand-dogs for walks, gardening, cooking, swimming, crosswords and always had a book nearby to read.  He was the ultimate sports fan cheering on his favourite teams as well as the proud Gramps cheering on his beloved granddaughters playing on all their sports teams.  Gary was a long-time Legion member with the Pro Patria Branch and for a time, was a Sgt-at-arms and participated in many parades.  Gary was loving, generous and supportive to all of his family—past and present—and we will so miss his funny, contagious laugh and sense of humour.  Nighty-night darling—see you tomorrow.

Private family memorial.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens
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  • RHQ PPCLI

    On behalf of all ranks of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Headquarters, please accept our condolences on the recent passing of Gary Clarke, a proud member of our Regiment. His name will be added to our Last Post so his Regiment and friends whom he served with will remember his spirit and history.

    Regimental Major
    Maj Cory A.J. Foley, CD

    Regimental Warrant Officer
    WO Gregory G. Davis, CD

  • Lloyd Tokle

    We were much younger then, although good times never forgotten; the laugh’s and good time we had in the Bugle’s and anti tank platoon . Lisa ,to you and your family I send my condolences. Steady the Buffs

  • Anthony Edwards

    It is with great sadness that i received news of Gary (Nobby)Clarke passing. I had the distinct pleasure of playing in the 3VP Corp of Drums with him for a few years as part of the Notorious Stick Drill team. Condolences to the Clarke family at the time of your loss
    May he Rest in Peace…and Rise in Glory. VP

  • Vince Kennedy

    Lisa and Family –

    I write to express to you all the sincere condolences of the Patricia’s on the passing of Gary Ashworth. Gary was born in the same month and year as I and coincidentally he died on my birthday. His service was some time ago now, but his years in uniform and his deployments all contributed to Canada and to the cause of security and peace. His devotion to the Royal Canadian Legion extended his contribution. We are very happy that he had a good life after the army and that he had a vibrant family headed by a loving wife to support him.

    The Regiment remembers Gary’s service. His name will be read in this year’s list of the lost when we read that out on November 11th, 2022 in the Sacred Space in Beechwood, the National Military Cemetery, Ottawa. His name will also be listed in the 2022 edition of the Patrician’s Last Post section, published in March 2023.

    Thank you all.

    Brigadier-General Vince Kennedy (Retired)
    Colonel of the Regiment
    Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

  • Jan Casey

    My heart goes out to all of you. I still can’t believe he’s gone. We had so much fun together in years past. He was a really good friend and will be very much missed.

  • Dave & Kathy Duthie

    Sending condolences at this time of sorrow. Kathy and I have the family in our hearts and thoughts. RIP VP

  • Herb Kenny

    Condolence to the family from all members of the Edmonton Branch of the PPCLI Accociation. Once a Patricia Always a Patricia. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember him. May he RIP. VP

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