Marc Clerk was a passionate advocate for change in Knowlton and Sutton, the areas he came to love after moving here in the late 1960s.
Marc, who has died at the age of 95, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where his Canadian father was working as an architect. The family moved back home to Montreal when Marc was nine years old, then moved to an apple orchard in St. Hilaire. He studied at McGill for two years but left to work in a munitions factory during the Second World War.
He went into the aluminum window business with his brother, supplying windows to Habitat 67, among other projects.
Marc and his wife, Gabrielle, moved to Sutton in 1968 and raised sheep on a 180-acre farm. He owned and operated a woolens store, La Cheviotte – named after his Cheviot sheep – and was president of the Sutton Merchants Association and a councillor for Sutton Township.
He was president of the Sutton Historical Society and involved with the Brome County Historical Society when he moved to the Town of Brome Lake after leaving farming in the 1980s.
He was a founding member of the Knowlton Merchant’s Association and co-chairman of the Imaginaction Policy Plan. He was outspoken and a dedicated writer of letters to the editor.
“Marc was concerned that the TBL council decisions were not carefully thought out,” said his friend Peter Wade.
“Some fifty of his articles on local history have been published in Eastern Townships publications,” said his son David Clerk. “He was full of projects right until the end of his life.”
Marc Clerk is survived by his daughter Nathalie and his son David, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.