Obituary of Turner Clarke
CLARKE – Turner David James of Port Colborne passed away unexpectedly at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the young age of 13 years. Loving and cherished son of Jason (Jake) and Aleasha Ann (nee Smith), beloved grandson of Ted and Cherry Clarke, Mary Pat and the late Barry Smith, great grandson of Lois McQuire and the late Jack, the late Gertrude and George Smith, special nephew of Scott (Carol) Clarke and their children Taylor and Jack, Noah (Susan) Clarke and their children Maggie and Sophie. Also survived by very close friends Todd & Holly Acaster with their children Jessica and Hunter. He will be deeply missed by countless friends and family members.
Turner was born in Welland on November 14, 2003 and attended Oakwood Public School. He was the Prime Minister of student council and graduated in June 2017 as Valedictorian winning numerous awards including Excellence in Education. He won the 2017 PC Optimists Youth Appreciation Award and was a runner-up for the PC-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce Youth Citizen Award. Turner absolutely loved all genres of music and the Arts. He has played piano for over 7 years and played trombone with the Niagara Elementary Instrumental Music program since Grade 4. In addition, he has been involved in musical productions as a member of the PC Operatic Society for the last 4 years.
Turner always showed a keen interest in History. He participated in Heritage Fairs since grade 4, winning awards in each year. On 2 occasions he represented the DSBN at the Provincial Heritage Fair in Toronto and was an OFHA Youth Citizen. This spring, he travelled to Iceland, Belgium and France where he was able to take part in the Vimy 100th Celebration. Turner’s poise and confidence has also earned many awards from the Legion and PC Lions Public Speaking competitions.
Turner also enjoyed sports and played travel basketball for the Port Colborne Hornets for many years as well as attended golf camps at Whiskey Run since he was 9.
Turner was charming, handsome, intelligent, funny, inspiring, confident, compassionate, musical, intuitive, and a beautiful soul. Turner was one of those bright stars that brought a little more light into your heart.
Turner’s family will receive visitors at the DAVIDSON FUNERAL HOME 135 Clarence Street, Port Colborne on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. and on Friday August 25, 2017 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church 176 Elm Street, Port Colborne at 11:00 a.m. with cremation to follow. Interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Hospital for Sick Children’s Foundation, Niagara Elementary Instrumental Music Program, or the Port Colborne Operatic Society. Online guest register and condolences available at www.davidsonfuneralhome.com