With a heavy heart, we share the news that the Poole Lifeboat family has lost one of its characters today. John Clark snr, with brine in his blood, from a long line of master mariners and fishermen he joined the crew as a swimmer along with Dave Coles, they were divers together and had never ending lungs.,John was also the British Spearfishing Champion.
They served at the Old Lifeboat Station on the Quay, Salterns and where the Station is today, serving as ILB crew, then 2nd Coxswain, assistant Mechanic. After he stood down he was actively involved in fundraising supporting his wife Mary, who was souvenir secretary. He shared his splicing skills on many Open days or he was involved on the water in the demonstrations, usually playing the roll of ‘drunk who goes overboard’.
He continued the Sprats supper at Lilliput sailing club and fish supper at the Station feeding the five thousand after the service of the sea, and was Father Christmas until recently and so much more. He always had time for a yarn and was happiest afloat in his beloved harbour or what he called his dung heap, along side this he volunteered for The Green Island holiday charity as boatman. His straight talking and ‘colloquialisms always raised a smile and we will miss him but are richer for his presence in our Station life.
God bless and god speed as you cross the bar.