Brian James Clarke

October 12, 1954 - January 16, 2024

Funeral Details: Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Brian’s passing.

He will be forever loved and missed by Evelyne, his wife of 47 years, daughters Tricia and Lindsay (Coady Curry), and the lights of his life, grandchildren, Hadley and Hayden Curry, who affectionately called him Popo.

Brian also leaves behind his sister Kathy (John Buckley) and brother David.

He will also be missed by extended family and friends.

Brian will be remembered for his never-failing positive outlook, love of life and generosity.  “Keep smiling” was his motto.

As per Brian’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life to follow at a later date.

Donations to the following local Barrie charities are appreciated: Busby Centre, or Women and Children’s Shelter.


7 Condolences
  • Aline Doyon and Mark Wadden
    Posted on: Thursday, January 18, 2024 Reply

    Dearest Evelyne and family. So sorry for your loss. Brian was a great man. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest condoleances, Aline and Mark

  • Darlene Cole
    Posted on: Friday, January 19, 2024 Reply

    My opinion of Brian is formed through Evelyne’s eyes so I adore him. He was spectacular in my eyes when he barbecued a dinner for a few of us ladies Ev had over and when he popped into the office many years ago to get clues on what to give Ev for Christmas that year. What a kind caring man. I’m so very very sorry for your loss!

  • Dan Cuddy
    Posted on: Friday, January 19, 2024 Reply

    My most sincere sympathies to LMC, Mrs. Clarke, Tricia and all extended family and friends of this fine man.

  • Jane and Grant Hobson
    Posted on: Friday, January 19, 2024 Reply

    Brian was that bigger than life, light up a room, booming-voiced guy that exuded positivity. He always had a story, joke, anecdote that was happily delivered upon your meeting. Ev and the girls and those wonderful grandkids will miss him terribly.
    Brian enjoyed the finer things in life. He knew Barrie’s best restaurants, where to buy the greatest and latest products and which new wine to try. He was our retail guru. We always took his advice to heart and he was never wrong.
    Grant and I will miss our get-togethers.

  • Lorraine & Dale Ashick
    Posted on: Saturday, January 20, 2024 Reply

    Shocked, to learn of Brian passing. Great Memories of Him, & His family, When They lived in Garson. Him being on the Executive of The Nickel Center Figure Skating Club. A Real Gentleman!

    Lorraine & Dale Ashick

  • Stephen Baksi ‘The Baks’ Carol Stoyanovich
    Posted on: Saturday, January 20, 2024 Reply

    I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Brian for 50 years plus, through Earl Haig S.S., Canadian Tire, socially a.k.a. The Jolly Miller and attempts at Weight Watchers lol.
    We’ve reconnected in the last couple of years and we were able to pick up where we left off. Brian was a loyal friend, generous, genuine and very giving of his time. He was always ready to lend a helping hand.
    He was a man with great pride in his home and his family and loved his holiday traditions.
    Brian will be truly missed and forever in our hearts.
    We love you Big Guy!! 💕
    Carol & Stephen

  • Alexander Begg
    Posted on: Saturday, February 10, 2024 Reply

    So sorry to hear the sad news. Brian’s life was well lived, whereby, he earned the respect & admiration of all. I often reminisce about the good times we shared together. I first met Brian at the Borden Figure Skating Club when our daughters were teenagers. He was always the go-to-guy, whenever the club req’d volunteers to organize different events. I fondly remember him setting up his tailgate BBQ & preparing delicious meals for the Judges on test day. His philosophy was that a well fed Judge was a Happy Judge. Dressed like Davy Crockett “King of the Wild Frontier” in his rustic leather jacket, raccoon hat & famous Gag Cook Book “Wild Life Recipes”. Everyone loved Brian. He was a man of integrity with a heart of gold, extremely likeable personality & infectious sense of humor. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Evelyne, Tricia, Lindsay & extended family. Bon Voyage Brian, until we meet again. Tks for the wonderful memories. Al & Ann Begg

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