August 4, 1932 - January 14, 2021
Service Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Service Time: 10:30 a.m. from St. Andrew's United Church (by invitation only) or virtually on the church's Facebook page.
Earl Vincent Clow (Aug 4 1932 - Jan 14 2021) died peacefully on Thursday morning, with his daughter Faye by his side at Dr. John Gillis Memorial Lodge, where he had been cared for by dedicated staff for the last 5 years of his life. A number of the nurses and staff at the lodge were community members who knew Earl in his younger years and could appreciate his cheeky sense of humour and quirky ways. He was 88.
Earl was a man of routine: breakfast dishes laid out the night before, shirts meticulously hung in the same direction in his closet. Card parties at least twice a week and church at St. Andrew's United on Sundays. He ate the same lunch nearly every day of his 36-year career with Canadian National Railways as a section man and train plow operator. Earl was the last section man on PEI, when the railway was decommissioned in 1989. While he worked in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to earn pensionable service, Earl was never more happy than at home on the island where he could spend the summer fishing local rivers, the autumn hunting ducks and geese, and the winter in the smelt shack in Pinette.
Earl was a lifetime member of the Charlottetown Trap and Skeet Club, a former elder and steward of the United Church of Canada and a member of the CN Pensioners Association.
He had been married to Evelyn Clow for 65 years, until her passing in 2018.
He is survived by his brother; Victor (Lucy) of Pleasant Grove; his daughter Faye Clow (Ray Sharkey) of Cornwall; his step-son Errol MacLure (Mary-Lou) of Dover; his grandchildren Lauchlin (Rebecca) MacLure, Lana (Vincent) Chaisson, Laurel Lee MacLure, Jackie Sharkey, Danielle Sharkey; and great-grandchildren: Elijah Vandenborn, Gwen Chaisson, Luka Reuber and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents William and Lena Clow; his brother Elmer Clow; his sisters Hattie Mossman and Georgina Kavanagh; and his son Douglas Clow.
Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel. Funeral Saturday from St. Andrew’s United Church, Vernon Bridge at 10:30 a.m. (by invitation only). For those wishing to attend virtually, the service will be available on church’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/standrewsvernonbridge. Interment in St. John’s Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of PEI or St. John’s Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.macleanfh.com