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Brenda McClare
1951 - 2020

Spouse of Reg # 28861 Sgt. Earl McClare, Retired


Brenda McClare, 69, of Thomasburg, ON passed away peacefully at home on March 4, 2020. Survived by husband Earl, and children Gillian (Nick), John, Ashley (Matt), and Allison (John).

Born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Brenda moved to Toronto following completion of college, where she met her future husband, Earl. They married in 1974 and lived in various locations throughout southern Ontario as a result of Earls' employment transfers. They were finally able to settle in Burlington, ON where they raised four children. Following retirement, Brenda and Earl moved to Thomasburg.

Brenda was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in early 2007. Although she nearly succumbed to this cancer at that time, the combination of her inner strength and resilience, and the skills of the oncology clinics in Belleville and Kingston, the disease went into remission. As a result, the family was able to enjoy treasured life together for another 12 years. During that time, Brenda was an active and popular member of her community, volunteering at the Heart of Hastings Hospice House for several years, and assisting at services to residents at local nursing homes with her church.

Brenda was especially known and respected by everyone who knew her for her kindness, integrity, and wisdom. Her children were devoted to her for those reasons as well as the wonderful life lessons she imparted to them. The values she taught them will remain with them forever.

In late 2018, the cancer returned. Although she fought bravely, the disease became continuously more aggressive until the end.

The family would sincerely like to thank Dr. Charles Mustard and the staff at the Gateway Medical Clinic in Tweed, ON, and Dr. Roger Levesque and staff at the Belleville General Hospital, Oncology Clinic. Their efforts and support to Brenda and her family during the past 13 years was more than the family could have ever anticipated and for which they are eternally grateful.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 11th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Cassidy Funeral Home, Tweed, ON. A Celebration of Life will follow on Thursday, March 12th at 2:00 PM at Belleville Seventh Day Adventist Church, 253 Dundas St. W., Belleville, ON with Pastor Evaldo Vicente officiating. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Dr. Douglas A. MacIntosh Cancer Fund at Belleville General Hospital, Belleville, ON.