(Collingwood-Enterprise) - Another of the early born of Collingwood, Capt. Charles J. Clark, was called away on Saturday. His death occurred in the G. and B. Hospital.
Capt. Clark was born in Collingwood nearly 81 years ago, the third son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Clark, pioneers of town. He spent all his life here, hence saw the town rise from a comparatively small place to its present position of importance. He attended the old east ward school, at the easterly end of Ontario street, when it was under the principalship of Angus Cameron. On leaving the classroom he turned to a life on the waters of the inland lakes. He engaged in fishing and later with captain's papers sailed different tugs, operated in connection with the industry. For a number of seasons he maintained the ferry service for the C.P.R. between the company's station at Point au Baril and the islands on the outer fringe of the east shore of Georgian Bay. Of late he has lived retired in his home, on Napier Street.
Capt. Clark married Sarah Ross Bitman who survives with four sons, Arthur, the well known hockey star, and Reginald, in Grimsby, William, in Collingwood and Charles in Portland, Ore. There is also one stepson, Gordon Bitman, and one sister, Mrs. George Hartley, in Collingwood.
Some years ago, in the twenties, Capt. Clark was a member of the municipal council, in the work of which he took an active interest. He was an Oddfellow, a member of Collingwood lodge of long years' standing. He was an Anglican.
With an interest in general affairs of the day, Capt. Clark always preached the gospel of helping his fellow men. He believed in temperance as against the inroads of the liquor traffic, and throughout his 81 years lived a life imbued with good will and respect for others.
The funeral, which was under the auspices of the Oddfellows, was held on Monday afternoon at the family home, on Napier Street. Rev. W.E. Kibblewhite of All Saints' Church officiated. Interment was made in All Saints' Cemetery with the rites of the church and of the Oddfellows.
During Monday the flag on the municipal building floated at half-mast as a mark of honor of the aged citizen and the former councillor.