John Edward Charles Clark

ID# 2700, (14 Nov 1927 - 14 Jul 2004)
Clark family group: June, Ailsa, Jack and Tony c 1965
Jack as a baby at Ranfurly

John Edward Charles Clark was born on 14 Nov 1927 at Ranfurly, Central Otago, New Zealand ,

Certificate held on file is of the small offical date of birth one, that was applied for on the 21st November 1941 from Ranfurly. I am assuming that my father would have needed this to join the Postal Service in 1942.1,2

He was the son of John Mafeking Clark and Jane Isabella Scott.

John Edward Charles Clark was also known as Jack Clark.

Jack's occupation
40 Years Service in the NZ Post Office
Telegraph Boy, Dunedin-12 Jan 1942;
Appointed Permanent Staff-1 April 1943;
Telegraph Sorter, Dunedin-20 Dec 1944;
Telegraph Chauffeur, Dunedin-29 Aug 1947;
Chauffeur, Public Service Garage, Dunedin-26 Oct 1948;
Clerk, Postal Services Dunedin-1 April 1951;
Senior Clerk, Postal Services, Dunedin-1 April 1959;
Supervisor, Class 4, Wanganui-26 April 1965;
Supervisor, Class 3, Lower Hutt-31 Mar 1967;
Inspector, Class 2, POHQ - 23 Dec 1969;
Manager, Postal Services, Invercargill, Special 4 - 24 Sept 1976;
Manager, Postal Srvices, Dunedin, Special 5 (Grade 07) - 1 Jan 1977;
Acting Deputy Chief Postmaster, Dunedin (Grade 08) - 25 Dec 1979 - 10 Mar 1980;
Manager, Postal Services, Wellington (Grade 08) - 31 Mar 1980;
Manager, Mail Circulation (Grade 08), POHQ - 5 June 1981;
Retired - 31 March 1983.

Harry Edwards, Jack Clark & Ray Middlemiss
Dunedin 1942 Telegraph Boys.

Jack was associated with Rowing and Golf.

He was very interested in rowing from a young man, and I remember many years of us going to seeing the rowing championships on Lake Waihola.

Jack was also very keen on playing golf. He was a left hander and used to carry his clubs with him wherever he went. When he was an Inspector in the PO, the PO he was going to visit used to know that he was coming, as the golf clubs always arrived first.
He obtained lots of tropheys over the years and also had a Hole in One in Jan 1974.

Jack Rowing
Jack playing golf, was in the newspaper

Jack was associated with the Masonic Lodge for most of his life.

He recieved his 50 years Service Medal, from the Right Worshipful Brother Peter L Robinson, Provincial Grand Master, Otago District in Sept 1999 at Oamaru.
His 50 years service was due on the 9 June 1999. He was cremated with the lapel badge on him.

Jack recieving his 50yrs Service Medal, Sept 1999

On 29 Dec 2001 Jack developed an illness, he had a massive stroke. He was taken to Oamaru Hospital where he recovered, and then later transferred to Southanjer Rest Home on the 21 Jan 2002. Conditions there were not good for him so he was then transferred to Thornbury House, Dunedin which he enjoyed. Unfortunately due to further stokes he was moved to Ross Home, which catered for more nursing care.

Jack died on 14 Jul 2004 at Lindsay Ward, Ross Home, North East Valley, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand , at age 76 years and 8 months

John Edward Charles Clark
passed away at 1.10am at Ross Home
Aged 76,
Born 14 Nov 1927, Ranfurly
Retired Postal Manager
Parents: John Mafeking Clark, Shipwright/ Retired Railway Employee & Jane Isabella Clark MS Scott
Married previously to Margaret June Scott, when aged 21, at Dunedin

Living Issue: F: aged 49.1,3

Jack's cause of death on 14 Jul 2004 was from Pneumonia - Probably Aspiration Pneumonia 2 weeks
Poor Swallowing
Previous CVA
General Frailty Months
Controlled Congestive Heart Failure
Mitral Regurgitation.

Jack's death notice appeared on 15 Jul 2004 in the "Otago Daily Times", New Zealand ,

CLARK, John Edward Charles (Jack),
On July 14, 2004, at Ross Home; aged 76 years. Loved father and father in law of Ailsa and Bill and the late Tony, loved Pop of Kevin and Simmone, beloved friend of June Faid, loved brother of Murray, Gordon, Alison and Judith.
Many thanks to the caring staff of Lindsay Ward Ross Home.
A service for Jack will be held in the Dignity Funeral Services Chapel, corner of Isadore and Middleton Roads, Dunedin, at 11am, on Saturday, July 17, followed by private cremation.
In lieu of flowers donation for the Heart Foundation would be appreciated and may be left at the service.
Messages to 56a Eskvale Street, Dunedin.
Dignity Funeral Services.4

Jack was cremated on 17 Jul 2004 at Anderson's Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand ,

Held after a service via Dignity Funeral Services, at 11am -
Copy of the Funeral Service was taped and is held with Ailsa Corlett.
A private cremation took place and the planting of ashes with Tony's was held on the 20th July 2004.

Present at the planting of the Ashes were Ailsa Corlett, June Faid and Sandra Sutherland.

A new plague was also placed on the Beam, with photos of both Jack and Tony.5

Jack and Tony Plaque

Jack and June had 2 children, 1 still living.

Child of John Edward Charles Clark

FatherJohn Mafeking Clark (17 May 1900 - 25 Jun 1969)
MotherJane Isabella Scott (20 Mar 1899 - 5 Oct 1968)


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1927 Folio No 7069, Dec Qtr. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  3. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: 2004 NZ Online Database: 2004/ 16048 - DOB 14 Nov 1927.
  4. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Otago Daily Times Newspaper, inserted 15, 16 & 17th July as well as listed in the Oamaru Newspaper - copies held on file. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  5. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), Dunedin City Council Online Database: Andersons Bay Cemetery - Ashes Beam Interment 20 July 2004, Block A Plot 4. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.