The E. I. Clarke Memorial Fund
The E.I.Clarke Memorial Fund was started in 1968 as a memorial to Edwin and Jean Clarke by their son, Edwin Clarke Jr. The tenet of the family has always been "Faith, Family and Friends". Thus, when Edwin Sr. passed away in 1967 his son felt that it was important to honour both his parents with this memorial. Edwin and Jean Clarke were active members in Robertson United Church from the time that they moved into the area in the 1940's. Ed and Jean had two daughters Gladys and Ethel, and one son Edwin.
Edwin passed away in April of 2009. Aileen is still living in Victoria and is very pleased that her daughter Judith and grandson Thomas are keeping an interest in the E.I. Clarke fund. It is the wish of the Clarke family that this fund continue to provide service to the community that Ed and Jean were so passionate about.
Edwin Jr., was born in 1914 in Edmonton. He attended Bennett School, King Edward School, Scona High School and the University of Alberta. While attending university Ed started a trucking business, soon to be followed by Clarke's Tire Ltd and Capital Retreaders. In 1939, he married Aileen Jensen, a recent nursing grad from the Royal Alexander Hospital. Together, they had three daughters Sharon, Wendy and Judith.
Edwin served as president of the Edmonton Exhibition Board, president of Western Canada Fairs, and chairman of the Boxing and Wrestling Commission. Edwin was also an Edmonton Alderman from 1950 to 1956. Ed started Edalca Hotels Ltd. which operated various properties in western Canada.