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Death in our diocesan family: Joan Clarke

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With sadness we share the news of the death of Joan Clarke, 83, on April 6, 2019. She was the wife of the Rev. Canon Gervais Clarke, who served at the former Church of the Epiphany, Orange (now Epiphany & Christ Church, Orange). Her funeral was held April 27 at Trinity Cathedral, Miami, FL.

Joan Frances Monica Binger was born on November 23, 1935 in Marley Hill, Saint Catherine Jamaica, the last of eight children born to the Rev. Stephen Manoa Binger and Frances Iralea (Thompson) Binger. She attended Binger Preparatory School, the Swallowfield School, and the St. Hugh’s (Anglican) School for Girls where she excelled academically, graduating with outstanding passes in four A-Level subjects. After leaving St. Hugh’s, she spent one year at Clarendon College where she completed three more A-Level subjects.

Joan subsequently matriculated at the University College of the West Indies, then a part of the University of London, to study natural science and then subsequently medicine, and was a member of the second class in 1963 to graduate from the newly established medical school. She then worked at the Kingston Public Hospital, Savannah La Mar Hospital, and the Bustamante Hospital for Children, where she spent 23 years as a resident pediatrician, and where she was known and beloved by all for her medical prowess as well as for her humility and love for all whom she encountered.

On July 13, 1968, Joan married the Rev. Gervais Angelo Morales Clarke. They had two sons, John-Paul Barrington Clarke and Michael Dudley Delano Clarke.

In 1987, Joan retired from medicine and moved to Orange, NJ, where her husband served at Church of the Epiphany. During her time in New Jersey she worked at the YWCA as an administrator and care giver for children.

Upon her husband’s retirement in 2008, Joan and her husband returned to Jamaica, where they would live until moving to Miami in 2018.

In addition to her husband of 50 years and their two sons, Joan is also survived by three grandchildren, Maxwell, Michael, and Gabrielle Clarke.

Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven. Lord, grant eternal rest, forever in the radiance of your light. Amen.