The Obit For Reg Clarkson

Reginald L. Clarkson
1925 - 2012

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on April 21, 2012

Reg Clarkson passed peacefully into God's hands on April 16, 2012 with his wife Peggy and family at his bedside. A standout in football, baseball and basketball, Reg's remarkable athletic career earned him a place in the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and recognition as one of the province's finest all-around athletes. Reg was an avid golfer for the past 50 years, playing almost daily until his final round in January 2012. As was so often the case, Reg won his final match and shot below his age.

An outspoken defender of the poor and unrelenting advocate for "the least among us," Reg focused his efforts on changes to the prison system, welfare reform and women's rights. His passion for philanthropy was truly rare and an inspiration to many who entered his life. This vigor for charity and education earned Reg a Masters of Social Work from UBC in 1964; returning to university with six children already at home.

Reg's 60-year marriage to wife Peggy produced 8 children, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; all of whom he was tremendously proud of. His sons and daughters-in-law were equally cherished, and Reg was a father-figure to many more nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by daughter Clare and grandson Phillip.

Reg's Memorial Mass will be held on Friday April 27th at the Good Shepherd Church in South Surrey at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.