Obituaries

Obituaries

George Ricardo Clarke Sr.

George Ricardo Clarke Sr.

8/9/2012 10:08:52 PM
It was a Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 pm, when George came into the world. He was the apple of the eye to his parents, David a Taxicab Driver and Dr. Ruby Bethel Clarke a Cosmotologist. George was the only child born into this union. When he was born his maternal grandmother Ida Elizabeth Gardiner held him up at the Princess Margret hospital and said, “His name shall be called George.” As of that day, George’s love grew for his grandmother even into his adult life. His family home was filled with love that flowed throughout Cameron Street and the wider Grants Town Community.

Being the only child, George was inseparable from his mother and father. This was demonstrated by his appreciation for hard work and his love for serving mankind. Moreover, George had a special love for his daddy David and this was demonstrated repeatedly through his attentiveness especially during his dad’s health challenges.

George attended Mother Donaldson School from the age of three. He later went to Jordan Memorial (Jordan Prince William Primary School) and graduated from St. Augustine’s College his pride and joy. George was also the life of the party even at the school’s 35th Anniversary Celebration Party. There he developed many life long friendships and was affectionately called Porgie by many of them.
After finishing high school, George was employed at Bahamas Customs and later pursued higher education at St. Leo College; Tampa, Florida where he graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Business Management.

Upon his return from College, George continued a career in The Public Service in the early 1980’s beginning at Bahamas Customs as a Customs Officer. He continued his service onto The Bahamas Supreme Court where we worked as a Judges’ Clerk and a Court Reporter. Later he joined the Road Traffic Department as the Supervisor of the Licensing Department and ended his years of service at The National Insurance Board as Senior Inspector. At NIB, he made his mark, (known as The Early Birds) impacting all whom he came to know. He was the life of the office. Always with an infectious smile, George seems to have been on a mission to do God’s work while on earth.

George’s first encounter with Tracey who attended Queen’s College began in the late 1970’s when he caught a ride home with her brother Richard (“Big Rich”) in Stapeldon Gardens after school. On that ride home from school, George eyed Tracey all the way home. That afternoon was the initial introduction which eventually unfolded into a beautiful marriage union of twenty-five years when they were married at Wesley Methodist Church on January 3rd, 1987 Three (3) beloved children were given to this union: George II (Ricky) who is the firstborn son born in 1988. A few years later, the joy of this family heightened when Ruben was born in 1994 and Italia (Tally) in 1998. George was also a father figure to many children at Holy Trinity Parish Church. This was evident after the deaths of Colin Christie and Lilly Pearl when he took in their son Colin Craig and he became the fourth (4th) child in the Clarke’s Sunderland Road home. He loved them all. To George birthdays, anniversaries and family times were very important—they were everything to him and they took priority.

George played an integral part in the life of his home parish, The Most Holy Trinity Anglican Parish Church from the early days where he and his family worshipped. George was involved in many church ministries including: Anglican Christian Men (ACM) , The Bus Ministry , The Usher Board Ministry, The Marriage Ministry , Men of Valour , Cell Church, Youth Ministry and Cursillo.

As beautiful as life was for George, he had one lifelong battle-Asthma which he fought to the day he was called home—VICTORY BELONGED TO GEORGE THAT MORNING-HE HAD FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT AND THE BATTLE WAS WON. It was early on Wednesday morning August 8th at home when his family sought further medical assistance for him, however a short while later at Princess Margaret Hospital George Ricardo Clarke passed from life into eternity.

MAY GEORGE REST IN PEACE & MAY HE RISE IN GLORY
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Posted By: PORTIA SMITH-COERBELL on 8/16/2012 9:56:56 PM
Rest in peace Georgee! You indeed had an infectious smile. You married my cousin and became a cousin, nephew. brother and son in the Smith family. You will be missed. We pass this way but once and you have left your mark on your lap. Rest in peace dear cousin. We love you!
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