Obituary of Rev. Donald Irving McClare
Rev. Donald Irving McClare, age 93, of Windsor, NS, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Dykeland Lodge, Windsor. Born in Windsor on May 19, 1923 Donald was the eldest son of J. Horace and Alice (Lyon) McClare. He grew up in Hillsvale, Hants County, NS.
Donald was a graduate of Acadia University in Wolfville, NS and Gordon Divinity College in Massachusetts. He served in pastorates of the Atlantic Baptist Convention including: East Point, PEI; Centreville, Digby County, NS; Newcastle (Miramichi), NB; Havelock, NB; Lockeport, NS; North River, PEI; and Falmouth, NS. After retirement he and Pearl lived in Windsor and Wolfville, NS. Music was always an important part of his life and he sang in numerous quartets, family groups and choirs. He enjoyed gardening. Most recently he kept busy writing reminiscences of the McClare family and updating the family genealogy. Last year one of his stories was published in "Our Canada". He exhibited his passion for Christian service and witness into the final days of his earthly life and is now at peace with Christ.
Donald is survived by his wife, D. Pearl (Dimock) McClare, sons, John Arthur (Kathy), Stephen, Timothy (Heidi), daughter, Rosanne (Stephen MacNeil); grandchildren, Michelle McClare and David MacNeil; sisters, Pauline Goldsmith, Dartmouth; Edith (Budd) Paul, Dartmouth; brother, Layton (Doreen) McClare, Fredericton; sister-in-law, Edith (Fletcher) McClare and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Donald was predeceased by brothers, Walter and Edwin McClare, brother-in-law, Ted Goldsmith, sister-in-law, Helen (Dunbar) McClare, and two brothers in infancy.
Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317), where visitation will be held from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 27 at Falmouth Baptist Church, 404 Town Rd., Rev. Gail Whalen-Dunn officiating. Refreshments will follow. Interment will be held in the South Rawdon Baptist Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in Donald's memory may be made to Falmouth Baptist Church, Dykeland Lodge or to a charity of one's choice. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.demontfamilyfuneralhome.ca