May 17, 2018
George “NEIL” Clark, 66, of Courtenay, B.C., died peacefully in his home on Thursday, May 17, 2018, following a heroic and tragic battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family and his wife, Johanna, the love of his life for 22 years.
Neil moved to the Comox Valley in May 1996 as co-owner of Budget Brake & Muffler, where he became known for his strong work ethic, integrity, honesty and charm. These attributes served him well when he and Johanna owned Al’s Septic Service, which had an excellent reputation. Neil and Johanna retired in 2012 and Neil began to pursue his many passions in earnest. He loved to fly fish and was a master flyfisher man. During the 1980s, Neil travelled the world on Princess Cruise Lines, working behind the drums for many performers and entertainers. Now retired, he again took up his drum sticks and played with many local bands in the Comox Valley. Neil was also a talented wood worker and carver and always had a project on the go.
Neil is survived by his wife, Johanna, his brother, Daniel Clark (Cheryl), his niece and nephew Rebecca and Cameron; his niece Hollis McKay (Colin), his step-daughter, Mikhyla Stewart, his sisters and brothers-in law, Judith and Ray Attfield and Janice Kovacs and Ralph Webb. Neil will be sadly missed by all his family, friends and fellow musicians.
A musicians ‘Tribute to Neil’ will take place on Thursday, June 7th, hosted by the Georgia Straight Jazz Society, at the Avalanche Bar & Grill on 8th St., Courtenay, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Entry is by donation to the Comox Valley Hospice Society.
The family gives special thanks to Dr. James Ingrey and Dr. Jonathan Reggler for their compassion and care during Neil’s illness; and to Toneff Funeral Services for their excellent assistance and service.