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Phyllis Marie (Rowe) Clarke

Phyllis Marie (Rowe) Clarke

Born In: Sydney
Born: May 4th, 1947

Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: December 24th, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Phyllis Marie (Rowe) Clarke, age 70, on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, with her loving husband by her side.
Born on May 4, 1947 in Sydney, Phyllis was the daughter of the late Ronald and Ella (Carew) Rowe.
Phyllis grew up in the Pier and always was a “Pier Girl” and proud of it. She attended school at Villanova, Don Bosco and graduated from Holy Redeemer Convent High School, Sydney in 1965. Her dad died when she was 13, Phyllis and her siblings were raised by their mother, Ella and Aunt Mary.
When she left Cape Breton in the summer of 1968, little did she know what lay ahead. Phyllis was hired at the Bank of Commerce in Hamilton, Ont. as a teller. A fellow employee immediately took a liking to her warm Cape Breton personality and down east good looks. After a short courtship they were married in Dave’s hometown of Kingston, Ont. on June 14, 1969. They honeymooned in Sydney, when Dave first met her family. Phyllis loved animals and they had several pets throughout their 48 and a half years of marriage. She is now reunited with her three dogs, Fergy, Briar, Sydney and her cat, Judy.
Phyllis enjoyed bingo with her friends in Westport, Ont., Sydney, N.S., Largo and Sun City Centre, Florida. She will be missed by her card group in Bolingbroke, Ontario and especially the group in Sydney called CLUB. Phyllis and her husband, Dave spent many winters in Florida after they retired. She enjoyed cruising the parks in her golf cart and playing competitive shuffle board in Clearwater. She was Dave’s biggest fan when it came to curling, lawn bowling and shuffleboard. When health issues started to be a problem for Phyllis, they replaced Florida with Sydney as their winter home and Bobs Lake, Ont. remained their summer residence. Phyllis loved her home in Westmount and was always excited to return in the fall and reunite with her family as well as her bingo and card buddies.
Phyllis will be greatly missed by husband, Dave; siblings, Ron (June), Mary (Jimmy) Gillis, Bob (Wilma), Allan (Mae), Harold (Bettina), Brian (Kay) and Barry (Joan); many nieces and nephews; many friends in Bobs Lake, Kingston, Sydney and Florida.
Besides her parents, Phyllis was predeceased by her special aunt, Mary Rowe; parent-in-laws, Bill and Rita Clarke and brother-in-law, Murray Clarke.
Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Phyllis Marie (Rowe) Clarke will be held in Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
A gathering of family and friends will take place from 10-11 a.m. with service to follow at 11 a.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Fr. Paul McGillvray officiating. Light refreshments will be served in the reception area following the service. Private family interment will take place in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney, at a later date.
Because of her love for animals, Phyllis will always appreciate you supporting your local SPCA.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.pierfuneralhome.com.


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