Highly Respected Community Builder Bob Clark Passes Away At Age 83

The impressive resume for Bob Clark from Carstairs included everything from becoming Alberta's youngest MLA in 1960 to bringing a Centennial Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship to Olds as the President and General Manager of the Grizzlys. Clark was born in Acme, Alberta on July 2nd, 1937 and passed away at the age of 83 in July of 2020.

Premier Jason Kenney issued a statement on Friday, July 10th expressing his sadness after learning of the death of Bob Clark.

Kenney called Clark a legendary figure in Alberta politics.

The career of Bob Clark from Carstairs encompassed everything from politics to athletics.

He became the youngest Alberta MLA at the age of 23 in 1960 and served what became the Olds-Didsbury riding. Clark was also named the province's first Ethics Commissioner in 1992. His many volunteer roles included time as Chairman of the Board for Olds College as well as the Chairman of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

In 2003 Clark was given the Alberta Lieutenant Governor's Award for his dedication to public service. The Town of Carstairs has named the library the Bob Clark Public Library in his honour.

One of his accomplishments this year was being named to the Class of 2020 for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame along with names like Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Jamie Macoun, John Davidson, Ken Hitchcock and Dr. Randy Gregg.

This is what Bob had to say to 96.5 CKFM in January about being part of that group.

The induction ceremony for the Class of 2020 was originally set for this coming Sunday, July 19th in Canmore but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was pushed back to July 18th, 2021.

This is the second Hall of Fame induction for Clark who went into the Alberta Amateur Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in 1974. 

Clark is a former General Manager and President of the Olds Grizzlys who led the local AJHL club to the Centennial Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship in 1994.

The Grizzlys honoured him in February of this year with a banner with his name and picture on it which will hang from the rafters at the Olds SportsComplex.

Board member with the Friends of the Grizzlys Society - and Bob's son-in-law - Mike Van Tetering shared these thoughts about him with 96.5 CKFM on that night.

Bob Clark has passed away at the age of 83. 

 

Hear 96.5 CKFM's interview with former Olds Grizzlys GM & President Bob Clark after he was named to the Class of 2020 for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, January 20th.

Listen to 96.5 CKFM's conversation with Mike Van Tetering from Friday, February 14th.

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The Olds Grizzlys issued this statement as they mourn the passing of Bob Clark:

It’s with great sadness the Olds Grizzlys announce the passing of Bob Clark.

Bob had a long and distinguished political career serving the constituents as MLA of Olds-Didsbury. Bob also served the Province of Alberta in many different capacities over the years as well.

Bob was the general manager of the Olds Grizzlys hockey club from 1987 to 1995, and the President of the team from 1996 to 1999. Bob’s reign with the Grizzlys was highlighted by winning 1992, 1993 & 1994 AJHL Championship and finally winning the 1994 Centennial Cup on home ice in Olds.

From 1998 to 2007, Bob served as Chairman of the Board of Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Junior A chairperson for the Hockey Alberta Board of Directors.

Bob is a 2020 inductee in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Grizzlys organization send their deepest condolences to the Clark family during this difficult time .

Memorial services have not been finalized at this time.

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The AJHL is also mourning the passing of Bob Clark:

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is saddened by the passing of Bob Clark – a renowned politician, life-long community leader and past AJHL Chairman.

Clark was the General Manager of the Olds Grizzlys from 1987-1995 and President from 1996-1999.  The team captured three Alberta Junior Hockey League championships and the Centennial Cup in 1994 under his reign.  He then served as Chairman of the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 1998-2007.  Bob also held the position of Hockey Alberta’s Junior A Committee chair, was a special advisor to the AJHL, and a director with the Friends of Alberta Junior Hockey Scholarship Program.

Bob, a resident of Carstairs, was involved in hockey in Alberta for more than half a century, displaying a passion for growing and improving the game for athletes and administrators. Clark was a 2020 inductee in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.

“On behalf of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, I offer my sincere condolences to Mr. Clark’s family and friends,” said AJHL Commissioner Ryan Bartoshyk.

“Mr. Clark's contribution to the AJHL is everlasting; I will personally miss our conversations at the arena; his guidance, insight and knowledge of both the game and life provided a lasting impression.”

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Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement on the passing of former Alberta Minister, Bob Clark:

“I am saddened to learn of the death of Bob Clark, a great Albertan and legendary figure in Alberta politics.

“Bob was born and raised in Central Alberta, where he was elected to the legislature in 1960 as the youngest MLA, at 23 years of age. He went on to serve with distinction as Minister for Youth and Minister of Education. 

“Following the election of the Lougheed government, Bob became Leader of the Opposition in 1973, and continued to represent the constituency of Olds-Didsbury until 1981. As both a government and opposition member, Bob was respected by members of all parties, and was considered a true gentleman with a real heart for public service.

“That same dedication to Alberta led him to serve as the province’s first ever ethics commissioner, and later the first privacy and information commissioner. He volunteered in countless roles, including for three terms as chairman of the board of Olds College, and chairman of the board of the Alberta Junior A Hockey League.

“He was always a passionate voice for his constituents, agriculture, and our parliamentary institutions.

“On behalf of the Government of Alberta, I offer my sincere condolences to Bob Clark’s family, loved ones and friends, and the entire community of Olds at this time of loss.”

 

(Photo via the Olds Grizzlys website)

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