Arthur Bruce Clarke
CLARKE, Arthur Bruce -- It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Bruce, a long time resident of Vancouver, British Columbia. Bruce peacefully passed away at Surrey Memorial Hospital on September 11, 2023. Born in Halifax, Bruce was one of eight children. He attended Bloomfield School and Queen Elizabeth High School, where he developed his love for basketball as a part of the varsity team. He spent a short period of time working as a Porter for the Canadian National Railway, after which he left Halifax to live in Vancouver. There he served as a Correctional Officer at the Okalla Prison prior to joining the Vancouver Police Department in January 1970. Bruce was the first black officer hired by the police force and made significant advancements throughout his career. He was promoted from constable to detective and prior to his retirement held the esteemed title of sergeant. He reflected on his policing career with honour and considered it to be a tremendous experience. Bruce attended the World Police and Fire Games where he represented the department’s snooker team. He was a keen card player who enjoyed poker competitions, he loved a good game of golf and was an avid world traveller, which included road trips across Canada. Bruce was an intellectual, charming man with a kind soul and stubborn spirit that allowed him to overcome obstacles and achieve his goals. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Bruce is survived by his best friend and loyal confidant of 64 years, Hubert Earle, with whom he shared a rare and unbreakable bond that transcends time; his loving daughter, Bonnie Smith of Toronto, two grandchildren, Kyle (Anna) and Katie (Logan), Toronto and one great-grandson, Owen, Toronto; his brother, Gerald
( Halifax; sisters, Patricia and Wendy, Halifax; Bruce was predeceased by his mother, Nettie Jean; siblings, Ernie, Evelyn, William and Norman.
A sincere thank you to all of the Surrey Memorial Health Care Professionals involved in Bruce’s care. Dr. Kiani, your support was exceptional. Cremation has taken place and a grave site service will be officiated by Reverend James Haughn at the Fairview Cemetery in Halifax, on Nov. 3, 2023 at 1pm. Following the interment, family and friends are invited to gather for a reception at 169 Regency Park Drive, 1st floor, Clayton Park. Donations in Bruce s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.