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In 1978 a group was brought together by Robert G Grantham, a current Life Member of ACAM, to form the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum Society. The Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum, as we now know it, was formed immediately after. Now, some 35 years later, this volunteer Museum has grown to be a significant preserver of the rich aviation history of this region. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of so many who volunteer their time and efforts, the Museum continues to develop and to provide Nova Scotia with a volunteer institution of which it can be truly proud.
The year 2012 saw continued improvements in the Museum displays and restorations. Unfortunately December also saw
the passing of long time Curator, and Museum founding member, Reg Clarke. His dedication will long be remembered.
“With spring in the near future, once again it is time to get our hands dirty at the Museum. One big project is the fabrication of 70 plus pylons to hold the new barrier chain that will enclose our display aircraft, aero engines, and other large items.
Argus simulator, and various engines is also taking place. Other projects will include new displays, completing ones already started, organizing the amazing Reg Clarke collection of models, photos, books, and other historical items. Reg, you will be missed, and yes, we will take good care of your collection and display it in the manner that it deserves.
It was with the greatest of regret that members and supporters of ACAM learned of the passing of long time Curator Reg Clarke at the QEII Hospital on December 25th following a severe stroke.
When the Museum was founded Reg immediately became Curator. Since then Reg has been fully involved in all aspects of the Museum operations serving many years as Curator as well as in many administrative roles including primary contact
with other Museums, Museum Associations, and Municipal and Provincial Governments.
Since then he has continued fully involved in ACAM affairs – his home was a virtual extension of the Museum. If one called his home the first greeting would be from Joyce – he would be summoned from his basement work space – and then, while waiting, one would hear of the latest exploits of “my Reggie”. The love and respect this wonderful couple, married for some 60 years, had for each other was always so obvious. Reg served for many years with the RCAF Auxiliary in radar operations also as an instructor with the Air Cadet movement.
He loved everything aviation related – in the words of Chairman Dave McMahon – “I don’t think I have ever met anyone with as much passion for aviation as Reg”.
And in the words of long time Museum member Dr John Christie – “Certainly the most knowledgeable aviation historian in N S and beyond” – and – “it is certainly true to say that without him there would not have been a viable Society or Museum”.
Reg was employed with M T & T for 46 years beginning in administrative support roles and retiring as a Certified Engineering Draftsman with supervisory responsibilities. Unknown to many, Reg was an accomplished drummer having once had his own band. He also, on one occasion, played with Don Messer’s band at an event where the regular drummer became unavailable! Reg was dedicated to his church having served as an elder for many years.
Throughout all these years he has been virtually the heart and sole of ACAM’s operations.
We have been so fortunate
HE WILL BE MISSED
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