Andrew D. Clarke, native son of Grimsby suffers sudden seizure - Became one of Canada's greatest radio personalities through his "Neighborly News" Broadcast - had been equally as well known as a newspaperman.
All Ontario was saddened and shocked on Wednesday night and early on Thursday morning last, when the first news came over the air waves of the sudden passing at his home in York Mills of their beloved "Mayor on Little Places", Andy Clarke, in his 65th year.
Andy had been confined to his bed with illness from the previous Saturday but his condition was not considered serious. Early on Wednesday night he suffered a sudden seizure and despite the best of medical aid he never rallied and was taken Home by his Maker.
Andrew David Clarke was born, raised and educated in Grimsby schools. He was the youngest son of the late George C. and Amanda Clarke, a pioneer family of this district and a nephew of the late Wm. F. Clarke, for a great many years a prominent citizen and municipal official in Grimsby. His father was a well-known butcher and veterinary surgeon in the district.
Upon leaving school Andy worked for a time as a grocery clerk and then went to Niagara Falls, N.Y., where he worked for a power company.
By this time he made up his mind that he would like to become a newspaperman. He came home to Grimsby and after several conferences with the late Jas. A. Livingston, then editor and publisher of The Independent, he definitely decided to become a member of the Fourth estate and hied himself away to Toronto where he secured a position as reporter on that great school of journalism, The Toronto World. He remained with the World for some years and then went to the London advertiser as Editor of the District Page. From the Advertiser he returned to the old Toronto Globe where he remained for 16 years, 13 years of which he was News Editor, leaving that position shortly before the amalgamation of The Globe and The Mail and Empire.
Famous for his nasal, drawling voice, he had broadcasted on CBC Ontario-Quebec network on Sunday mornings since 1940 and won a reputation as a salty, cracker-barrel philosopher with a talent for digging up news that interested city as well as rural listeners. In January of this year he launched a series of sponsored broadcasts under the title of "The Mayor of Little Places". The title was suggested when he was made honorary mayor of several centres from which he had broadcast last summer.... buried in St. Andrew's churchyard...