Clive Sykes: 1947-2012Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
SooToday.com received the following announcement today from Gordon R. Sykes regarding his brother Clive Maxwell Sykes who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, served as a Bombardier with the 49th Field Artillery Regiment, organized war protests againt the war in Vietnam and worked with troubled youth.
After a brief illness, Clive passed away with his wife by his side in British Columbia at age 65. Pre-deceased by father John Douglas Sykes (Doug) and brother John Douglas Sykes Jr.
Survived by wife Yelana Angela; son Maxwell Martin-Sykes; daughter Olivia Alexandra Martin-Sykes; granddaughter Sierra Rose Sykes.
Also survived by mother Jacqueline (Myrtle Cecilia) Sykes; brothers Howard Cameron Sykes and Gordon Russell Sykes. Friend to Pamela Ann Martin.
Clive was born in Timmins, Ontario and experienced his youth in Sault Ste. Marie.
When a young man, Clive served as a Bombardier with the 49th Field Artillery Regiment.
He then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from Lake Superior State College.
Clive earned his Master of Arts from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
He was very proud to have been an organizer of Vietnam War protests and candlelight vigils while at University.
Clive did not go through life as a passenger.
He engineered it and encouraged others to do so as well.
He was equally at home in the back-country of the B.C. interior as he was at his and Yelana’s beloved Rowanridge Estate in Christina Lake B.C. Clive had many talents: he was an avid and skilled fly-fisher; an accomplished sailor; a connoisseur and maker of fine wines and beers; a stage actor and a gifted artist; a raconteur who enjoyed sharing his remarkable insight and encyclopaedic knowledge during hours of conversation.
The list goes on.
Clive’s characteristic passion was very evident throughout his professional life. He worked for the Ministry of Children and Families.
He was a Childcare Counselor and Complex Supervisor for Maples Facility.
After his “retirement” Clive was employed by Boundary Family Individual Services as a Clinical Consultant and was instrumental in developing the “Family Attachment Matters” program.
It was Clive’s challenging work with troubled youth that inspired him most.
A Memorial Service will take place on September 01, 2012, 11:00 A.M. at the Boundary Museum, 6145 Reservoir Road, in Grand Forks, B.C. In lieu of flowers, Clive requested that donations be made in his memory to: Boundary Family Individual Services Society, Box 2498, Grand Forks, B.C. V0H 1H0.
Cremation and Arrangements entrusted to Everett Baker of Grand Forks Funeral Home. firstname.lastname@example.org