Linda Anne Clarke

June 16, 1948 to June 12, 2018


Passed peacefully away on Tuesday, June 12th at the Miller Centre, Linda Anne Clarke (June 16, 1948 to June 12, 2018). Predeceased by her husband, Clifford Penney, her parents, Len and Shirley Clarke; and her Uncle Dick Clarke.  Leaving to mourn her brother, John Clarke, and sister, Jacquie Clarke; her special cousin Terry King (Mary);  and aunts, Margaret King, Josephine (Bob) Terris and Phyllis (Dennis) Budgell, as well as a large circle of family and friends.  She will be missed by her best friends (‘Linda’s birthday club’) who have enjoyed her many delicious meals and precious moments spent together. Dr. Amy Tong, Allison, Val, Marilyn, Lily, Donna, Joanie and Janet have been there for her every day, especially this last 9 months of her illness.  A special thank you to her many other lifelong friends, most especially Dolly Hart, Beth & Doug and Mandy.

Linda died as she lived her life, quietly, gracefully and surrounded by the love of her lifetime friends and furry friends, Maggie and Sarah. Linda was known for her big heart, her kindness and generosity to all those she knew. She was always there to celebrate birthdays and occasions and spoil everyone with presents. Linda’s biggest gift was her work with the School for the Deaf, a place she thought of as her second home with so many students to love and care for.  She was a kindred spirit who loved to help others and will celebrate her last birthday with all who knew and loved her on June 16th.

There will be no wake but a memorial service to celebrate her life and 70th birthday to be held at Carnell’s Chapel on Saturday June 16th at 11:00 a.m.  Cremation has taken place.

A special thank you to the doctors and staff at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre, Community Health nurses and Palliative Care, especially Carmel Collins, for the special attention and care provided to Linda.

Donations gratefully accepted in her memory in lieu of flowers for the SPCA.



11:00am, Saturday June 16th

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Jacquie and John,
I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She was a beautiful person and I have such fond memories of her from my childhood. Sending you both love and peace.

So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Linda’s contribution to the deaf community in NL and the NL School for the Deaf will be forever remembered.. We shared many stories and laughs together over the years at NSD. May Linda rest in peace.
Sincerely., Glendora Boland

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

I was saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. I worked with Linda for 20+ years and she was very dedicated to her job. She often went above and beyond to do good for the students and teachers. Linda had a big heart and always wanted to be everyone’s mother. She has been very good to me over the years. In addition she also had a skill with needle point second to none. I’m sure a lot of her friends and colleagues have a piece of her work. All one had to do was say “I like that” and she gave it to you. RIP Linda I will always remember your kindness.

I was quite saddened to learn of Lind’s passing. Linda taught me at MUN and she was quite motivational, caring, and humorous. She carried this into her position at the School for the Deaf. I worked with Linda while employed with AESB and had nothing but the greatest “respect” for her dedication towards her students and their parents. Linda was a good friend and wonderful colleague – RIP!

Deeply saddened to receive this news. So many fond memories from when we were kids. Linda, such a dear cousin, you will never be forgotten.

So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing my thoughts and prayers are with Linda’s family and friends at this sad time. I worked with Linda at NSD. Rest in peace Linda.

Sorry to hear of Linda’s passing our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Phyllis & Ray Penney

John, I’m so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

Anne Marie Woolridge

It was shock to learn of the passing of Linda. I first met Linda in 1987 at the old School for the Deaf and then continued to work with her team in its relocation to the new building on Topsail Road. There are so many, many memories of her while I worked with her. She was always kind, meticulously dressed at all times with perfect make-up and hair. Linda was dedicated to her profession and she gave it her best at all times. She was a great story teller and she had the heartiest laugh ever in such a petite lady.. Linda guided me to pursue my first assignment so many years ago and I will be forever grateful to her for her support. I later continued my friendship with her through studies and then the occasional meeting. Whether she was at a function or simply on her way from the gym, she was always the same and she always took the time to find out how you were doing. Linda was huge in her connection to people and in life in general. May she rest in peace and continue to charm whomever she crosses beyond this world. God Bless Linda and may she find eternal peace. May this servant find her just rewards in heaven. RIP sweet friend.

Linda – Rest in Peace , and thank you for your many beautiful lunches.
Your golfing friend!
Janet Nugent

So sorry to hear off Lindas passing, We was both shocked and saddened. We used to be neighbours on Balmoral Place but on most days while walking (and Linda with her beloved pets) we used to stop and chat. She never mentioned her illness, such a fine lady and so kind RIP my friend.

So sad to hear of Linda’s passing. I remember her well when she dropped by the Dept. of Education and frequently came by my desk for a chat. A lovely lady indeed. My condolences to those she left behind. RIP Linda.

My sincere condolences to the family. Linda was an amazing lady. She always make sure students behave good, stay safe and respect each other. I have wonderful memories of her at NSD.

Dearest Miss Clarke,
I wish we could have nice conversations over tea and coffee when I entered the real world so you could share some memories with me that I may not remember when I was a little kid. I grew up seeing you everyday for 14 years at former beloved Newfoundland School for the Deaf from age 5 to age 18. You were known as “Miss Clarke” as a strict and authority vice principal. There was a reason behind, you made sure students behaved well to stay safe and respect each other. I remember I was around age 6 I didn’t listen to one of teachers in the cafeteria during lunch time then you came and picked me up. I was so terrified of you psychologically to your office and I thought I was going to be smacked. I sobbed so hard. You were just calm and plain face talking to me gently. Hard lesson learned. You were very respected by all of us, the students at NSD.. I was very heartbroken to learn about your illness and had not seen you since I came to you to be my passport guarantee. Thank you for everything. I hope your spirit is flying all over the world and up into the universe exploring further on the other side!

Sad to hear of Linda‘s passing. She was kind and had a warm spirit. And she loved to be with her friends. Linda will be missed.
Terry and Diane Hart

Linda was an inspiration. She taught me a course during my Special Education degree and we became friends and colleagues. Over 30 years later we worked together again during the closure of the School for the Deaf. Her commitment to her students and her compassion for their development was inspiring. I will miss her gentle personality, that joyous laugh and her huge soul. She made a difference.

I will miss our phone calls but I know you are not suffering anymore. RIP Linda, my cousin who was like a sister to me when we were children.

When Paradise Elementary relocated to the School for the Deaf, Linda always had a cheerful greeting!! We had the same taste in novels and shared many! My condolences to the family.

Condolences to all of Linda’s Family.The Dillons

My sincere condolences to the family. Linda was an inspiration and friend to so many. Her compassion and spirit will be sorely missed.

My deepest condolences to Linda’s family and friends. I first met Linda when I was a beginning teacher of the Deaf and she was always very helpful and encouraging to me I have many fond memories of Linda; they all involve her kindness, her caring, her sense of humor, and her warmth. She influenced countless people over the course of her career and her devotion to people with hearing loss was profound. I’m so happy that I had the chance to know her. Rest in peace, Miss Clarke.

To John and Jackie;
I’m sorry to hear of Miss Clarke’s passing, she was an amazing woman who I had the privilege of having in my life espically during my childhood, I would spend weekends at her house , and we had created so many memories that I will always cherish from shopping to makeup to watching movies and going for walks to even making breakfast together. I adored her and looked up to her as a positive influence and role model but not just a teacher but she was my mom away from home. If I needed anything she was always there to help me, listen and even given me advice when needed. I will always love her and she will be missed very deeply.

Sending all my love to the family of Miss Clarke

My sympathies to you all at this difficult time. Linda was great person.

Deepest sympathy to Linda’s friends and family Linda was a neighbour in Grand Falls a good friend at MUM. I will remember her fondly. Monty Green

Gone but not forgotten… Rest In Peace Linda.
Love Aunt Jo, Uncle Bob & family❤️

Our condolences to Linda’s family.
The Boundridges

On behalf of the families of Linda we send our deepest sympathy to John and Jackie our prayers and thoughts with you. I remember her at NSD long time ago! She was very beautiful person. Thomas Strickland.

i am so sorry for their loss and i do knew her since at the school for the deaf and wow i can not believe that she is gone
rip linda clarke