Magazine article Anglican Journal

Bishop James C.M. Clarke

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Bishop James C.M. Clarke

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Bishop James C.M. Clarke, who served the diocese of the Arctic and the Canadian Forces, died April 28 at the age of 85.

"He came down with an infection around Easter," said his son, Mark in an interview. He added that his father had been affected by Alzheimer's disease for several years.

Born in Campbellford, Ont., Bishop Clarke earned a B.A. degree at the University of Toronto and L.Th. and B.D. degrees at Trinity College. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Trinity in 1981.

Ordained as a deacon in 1949 and a priest in 1950, he served the Calgary parish of St. Stephen from 1949 to 1951. He then headed for another parish called St. Stephen, this time in Fort Chimo, Que., now called Kuujjuaq, part of the diocese of the Arctic. In writing about his first Christmas in the north, he showed a keen eye for the social pressures affecting the native Inuit. "A thing I remember, especially from that first Christmas is the way the children went everywhere with their parents. …

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