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Vale Gordon Clarke
Gordon Clarke’s funeral was held at the Lilydale Memorial Chapel on May 13th. Gordon was a greatly respected orienteer and husband of Joyce Rowlands. Although Gordon was a member of Yarra Valley he helped out enormously at our club’s events.
He was even lending a hand at the Victorian Champs last September, when he was obviously not well. The chapel was full to overflowing. I counted at least 160 people and more than half were orienteers.
David Goddard, President of YV, gave an excellent eulogy; as did one of Gordon’s mates, a neighbour of the Clarke family, from their days living in Ringwood, and his son. All the stories bore testimony to Gordon’s great life and character. Everyone spoke warmly of Joyce and the great care she took of Gordon.
NEV has made a $100 donation to Cancer Council of Victoria in Gordon’s memory.