Clint Prouse passed away at 7:10 am on Sunday April 8, 2001 after several weeks fighting pneumonia, four days after his 80th birthday. Linda's mother remarried after being a widow for thirty years and I guess it pays to be fussy, because widower Clint was both a very interesting guy and a gentleman. During the ten years we knew him, Linda and I enjoyed several day trips and many a fine meal together with her mother and Clint. Clint's father owned a large farm in, and was mayor of, Pickering Ontario. An only child, Clint's mother died at a very young age.
Signing up as a teenager, Clint became a pilot during WW II, flying the huge Short Sunderland Flyingboats out of Ireland on submaring patrol. With his first wife Helen, he was father to Carol and David Prouse and adoptive father of Clinton. After the war he became an engineer and was responsible for the construction of many of the Hydro generating stations here in Ontario. He had been severely ill for some weeks before his death in the intensive care unit of the cardiac wing of Sunnybrook with multiple problems (bonecancer, blood clots, a heart condition and pneumonia).
He was an active member of the West Hill Highland Creek Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion for twenty-five years, serving in senior administrative positions. Over thirty members of the Legion attended his funeral where they performed a special memorial service.