Clive passed away with his wife by his side on August 22nd, 2012, in Boundary Hospital at the age of 65. He was predeceased by his father, John Douglas and his brother, John. He is lovingly survived by his wife, Yelana Angela; son, Maxwell Martin Sykes (Devin Masyk-Neumeier); his daughter, Olivia Alexandra Martin Sykes; granddaughter, Sierra Rose Sykes; his mother, Jacqueline Myrtle Cecelia; his brothers: Howard and Gordon; and first wife, Pamela Ann Martin. He is also survived by his nieces: Keira (Kevin) Sernowsky, Meriya (Jaron) Dyble; sister-in-law, Pauline; in-laws, Garth and Joyce Robinson; brother-in-law, Dean Robinson; and many close friends.
Clive was currently employed at Boundary Family Individual Services Society. He was a true Renaissance man, who lived his life to the fullest. He was equally at home hunting in the back country, performing in professional theater or counseling troubled young people. Clive was a skilled fisherman, a connoisseur and maker of fine wines and beers, an extraordinary chef and a gifted artist. He was a raconteur who enjoyed sharing his deepest thoughts in conversations for hours. He was a born teacher who never stopped sharing his remarkable insights and encyclopedic knowledge. In Clive’s work life, which he was passionate about, he cared for and assisted many troubled young people, working at BFISS as a clinical consultant / team consultant. Before that he worked for the Ministry of Children and Families and had worked prior at the Maples Facility as a childcare counselor and a complex supervisor. For five years in the 1970s, Clive created and ran a furniture business at Vancouver, called ‘Jack the Stripper’, but it was his work with young people that most inspired him and he had a major impact on many lives.
Clive was born at Timmins, Ontario, and grew up at Sault Ste. Marie. He graduated with a BA from Lake Superior State College and attained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; where he met his first wife, Pamela Martin. Together they settled at Vancouver in 1975 and had two children, Maxwell and Olivia who he was extremely proud of. When their marriage ended after 15 years, Clive moved to Christina Lake with Yelana, his second wife, and together they built their beloved ‘Rowanridge’. Clive and Yelana have many wonderful friends and truly enjoyed nature’s beauty, tranquility and their lifestyle.
A memorial service will take place on September 1, 2012, at 11 a.m., at the Boundary Museum, 6145 Reservoir Road at Grand Forks, B.C.
A special thanks to the dozens of people at Boundary Hospital whose lives he touched and who made his final days as comfortable and joyful as possible. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boundary Family Individual Services Society, Box 2498, Grand Forks, B.C., V0H-1H0, or drop off at Glanville Centre. “The Family Attachment Matters Program” is the program that Clive had been so instrumental in developing. Cremation. Arrangements entrusted to Everett Baker of Grand Forks Funeral Home.