Ronald James Clark

August 11, 1954 - October 5, 2023
October 13, 2023 18 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with great sadness that our family announces that Ron succumbed to lung cancer on October 5, 2023 at the General hospital in Edmonton, Alberta.

Ron is survived by his life partner of 15 years Sangiam Kumduang (Oot-little frog), brother Doug (Linda), and sisters Sheila and Sherral. Nephews Ryan, Bradley and David had a special bond with Uncle Ron and kept in close touch with him throughout their lives. Ron also had a special bond with Lee Hanna-Chiste (Guy) and was a de facto uncle for her sons Neil and Stuart. He was predeceased by his parents Alice and Sheridan Clark.

Ron was born in Edmonton and lived there for most of his life, with the exception of his high school years and some secondary schooling in Lethbridge. Ron’s career was varied. He was a Geotechnician in the early development of the Ft. McMurray oil sands in the 1970s, followed by several years working in the petrochemical industry. After completing a diploma in journalism at Grant MacEwan College he worked with a variety of print media outlets in Sherwood Park, Rocky Mountain House and Edmonton. He moved into historical resource development after taking related studies at the Universities of Lethbridge and Calgary. Interesting assignments in this area included reconstruction of Fort Calgary and a Canadian Geographic Society grant for the study of the original Fort Whoop-Up site near Lethbridge. After that, he moved to New Zealand to work on a sheep farm. Later he worked in various building construction and maintenance trades, finishing as maintenance supervisor for St. Joseph’s Basilica in Edmonton, where he enjoyed the camaraderie of the staff and volunteers. Ron was very appreciative of the well wishes and visits received from friends and family during his final days.

Ron and Oot built their retirement home in Thailand near Oot’s family, where they planned to spend the remainder of their lives together. Their finished home was a delight to them both. Oot moved there ahead of Ron to begin landscaping the 4 acre parcel. Unfortunately, Ron’s cancer diagnosis, just as he was about to retire, prevented him moving to Thailand. 

A Celebration of Ron’s Life is planned for 1:00pm, April 20, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Basilica in Edmonton. 

Donations in Ron’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Research Society. Photos, memories, and condolences may be shared through

  1. Ron I love you and miss you.
    You helped me and we had a lot of good times

  2. We’ll miss him dearly. Love and condolences from all of us.

    • Thank you Grant

  3. Oot, Sherral, Sheila, Doug and Linda and family.

    Our heartfelt condolences your loss. We are grateful to have had a few good visits with Ron before his passing. HIs loss came too soon. He will be sadly missed. Our love to all of you.

    With love and prayers,

    • Thank you Peter and Elvie

  4. Our sincere condolences to Oot and the Clark Family. We have lost a long-time friend and will miss him dearly. We just wish that Ron could have travelled to Thailand one more time to enjoy their property, even for a short while. May he rest in peace.

    • Thank you Dave and Maureen

  5. Looking forward to seeing you again in glory, good and faithful servant of the Church.

  6. I was deeply saddened by the news of Ron’s illness, but I was very grateful to have been able to have had a long overdue visit with him just weeks before he passed. We were the best of friends met in jr highschool, later became as close as brothers, that is how I will remember my friend Ron. My deepest condolences to the Clark family

    • Thank you Peter. Ron spoke of you often.

  7. I will miss our talks about everything and nothing all at the same time . Downtown Edmonton won’t be the same without you. My sincere condolences to Ott and family . May you be forever happy in eternal peace Ron.

    • Thank you for your kind thoughts Coco.

  8. Loved Dear Ron was able to Joke and talk like a Brother South Side North Side Rants. Miss ya Bud.

    • Thank you Todd

  9. My sincerest condolences to the Clark Family. I got to know Ron at St. Joseph’s Basilica where I worked in the office for about 14 years. Ron and I would often chat about all sorts of things as he would stop in the office on his way to do some chores in that area. There will be a Mass offered for the repose of Ron’s soul at St. Alphonsus Church on October 29,2023 at 11:00am which I requested. God blees you all. Elizabeth Szynkowski

  10. Thanks Todd

  11. I will always remember Ron as a dear friend, from our teenage years in Lethbridge in high school, our years in the 80s and 90s as football mates and many joint ventures, hockey drafts, laughs and misadventures since.
    Larry Anderson

    • Thanks Larry. Ron spoke highly of you

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