The family of Clarence Arthur Fidler is saddened to announce his death in Antigonish on October 7, 2021.
Born in Winnipegosis, Manitoba, on September 10, 1946, he was the eldest child of the late Arthur and Edna (Campbell) Fidler.
As a young man, Clarence proved to be a talented athlete at hockey arenas, baseball diamonds, curling rinks, and school gymnasiums. Following graduation from high school, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and graduated on May 19, 1970. This was a significant accomplishment for a young Métis man. He was posted to Nova Scotia where he served for 28 years at Truro, Parrsboro, Antigonish, Bridgetown, Kingston and Stellarton detachments.
In 1994, Clarence and his family moved to St. Andrews, Antigonish County, and in 1998, he retired from Antigonish Detachment at the rank of Corporal. In retirement, he enjoyed building golf clubs, volunteering in his community, playing golf, curling, and coaching junior curling at the provincial and national levels. His excellence as a coach followed many years of competitive curling during which he was a member of multiple provincial championship teams as well as winning the 1984 Canadian Police Curling Championship. He was awarded an honorary lifetime membership in the Canadian Police Curling Association and dedicated many years to promoting police curling in Nova Scotia.
He took great pride in his children and their accomplishments in hockey, curling, and highland dancing. He enjoyed playing cribbage, country music, and being in charge of the TV remote control.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Garry (MacPherson); his children, Hugh (Tammy), London, Ontario; Keenan (Devin) Fidler-Ryan, Doha, Qatar; Andrew (Laura), Newcastle, Ontario; his dear grandchildren, Kaelen, Eliot, and Sadie Jean Fidler-Ryan, and Grady and Zachary Fidler.
He is also sadly missed by his sisters, Darlene (Jim) Assailly, Dauphin, Manitoba; Geraldine, Nanaimo, BC, and brothers, Garold (Karen), Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba; Greg, Thompson, Manitoba; Dallas (Mona), Edmonton, Alberta; his sister-in-law, Ellen MacIntyre and godchild, Ciorsti MacIntyre, both of Halifax; as well as aunts, nieces, and nephews in Western Canada.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his grandparents, Sandy and Rosalie Campbell and Joseph and Margaret Fidler; sister, Brenda; and brothers Nelson, Eddie, Doug, Ralph, and Melvin; his father-in-law, Judge Hugh J. MacPherson and mother-in-law Jean C. MacPherson QC.
During his life, Clarence was fortunate to enjoy the friendship of many fellow neighbours, police officers, curlers, golfers, and community members. This is appreciated by his family as we support each other during these difficult days.
Visitation will be in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish on Sunday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 pm with a private family service on Monday at 11:00 am. The service will be streamed live and available on the funeral home website.
Please note that Masks, Proof of Vaccinations and Photo Identification are required for all attending the Visitation.
Memorial donations can be made to either the Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59 Antigonish or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com
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