Richard Henry Clark

Like too many Canadians, Richard Henry Clark's life ended untimely at the early age of 66, battling cancer. Thankfully, Richard filled those years fully pursuing his passion for nature and life outdoors at home and abroad. At 28, Richard completed his first solo flight and received his scuba diving certification. He loved to swim, canoe, sail, windsurf, camp, trail-hike and experience rugged and remote locations.

In working with his father in the family business, Richard learned the value of investing in people and the skills needed to continue operating a successful business endeavor. His personal investment passion and acumen generated handsome returns.

Close friends described Richard as private and reserved but open-minded, possessing a keen sense of humour - a man of deep thoughts but few words and a person who was considerate, generous, compassionate and humble.

His awareness of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre's reputation for world-class research and compassionate care, and expereiening that care personally, resulted in Richard generously leaving one half of his estate to the Centre in his will.

A large part of his generosity will be used to establish an academic Chair for the Medical Director of the Centre. The Richard H. Clark Chair for Cancer Medicine will ensure that the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre maintains a pre-eminent position of international leadership, and will continue to provide outstanding patient care, education and research.

The Chair will provide necessary resources for the Medical Director to ensure that the Centre is globally connected and able to collaborate with other leading cancer faciliites and programs throughout the world. 

The establishment of this Chair will serve as a lasting tribute to the generosity of a man who lived a rich life which cancer brought to an end too soon.

The remainder of Richard's generous bequest will be used for cancer research, to help find more options for the "Richards" in all of our lives who are stricken with cancer.
  Added: December 2013