Easkey and Westport
He was aged 93 and was a retired radiologist from Mayo General Hospital.
Dr Clarke’s father was also a doctor and his mother a nurse and he followed his parents into the health profession, having studied medicine in university in Dublin. He joined the British army as a medical doctor and served in Burma. In recent years, Dr Clarke was celebrated for the work he did in Burma by the Burmese community in Ireland.
After the Second World War he went back to university to study radiography in England, where he qualified as a radiologist and became one of the leading radiologists in the west of Ireland. He was the first radiologist in Castlebar and he also worked in Roscommon, where he made many close friends, most notably Jimmy Furey, a celebrated boat builder on the River Shannon.
Dr Clarke will be remembered with distinction for the work he did in Mayo General Hospital.
He had a great passion for fishing and shooting and forged many strong friendships through his hobbies. He was an expert on and was always willing to give advice on game management and game development. Dr Clarke was also an honorary member and president of Belcarra Gun Club and an honorary member of Mayo Air Rifle Club, in which he took a keen interest. Belcarra Gun Club honoured him recently for his dedication and commitment to the club.
Dr Clarke was predeceased by his wife, Peggy (nee Moran), and son, Peter, who was also a doctor, and is survived by his daughters, Ruth Noyelle, (Switzerland), Pauline Farrah, (England), Denise (Easkey), and son, Derek (Westport); son-in-law, daughter-in-law; grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. He will be sadly missed by a large circle of friends.
His remains reposed at McGowan’s Funeral Home on Friday evening from 6.30pm with removal at 8pm to St James’ Church, Easkey. Mass was on Saturday at 1pm with burial afterwards in Roslea Cemetery, Easkey.
Dr Clarke was a noted angler and was Chairman of the North Western Regional Fisheries Board for many years. Members of the board and angling enthusiasts from all over the west were among those who gathered at McGowan’s Funeral Home and Easkey Church to sympathise with his family.
Donations in his memory may be made to Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.
May he have peaceful rest.