Clarence Baptist

Clarence William Baptist

Thursday, September 29th, 1927 - Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
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It is with great sadness, but with peace, that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great grandfather. Clarence William Baptist passed away peacefully at the Melfort Union Hospital on July 15, 2020 at the age of 92

Clarence was born on September 29, 1927 near Yorkton Sask. to David Arthur and Elizabeth Baptist. Before his first birthday he moved with his family to the Star City District. He was the 7th child of a family of 14 children.

He married Doris (Marlene) Helstrom on November 4, 1955. They lived at the Melfort Research Station until 1969 when they purchased their home in Melfort. They were happily married for 61 years and were blessed with six children. After Marlene's passing in April 2017, Clarence moved to Legion Place where he resided at the time of his death.

Clarence worked at the Melfort Research Station for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He then worked another 8 years for the City of Melfort Parks and Recreation until retiring fully at the age of 65.

Clarence loved his sports. Anything that had a score he would watch on TV. His favourite teams were the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Maple Leafs. During his retirement he bowled, curled and golfed for many years. He was also a Melfort Mustang season ticket holder for over 25 years. After his heart surgery in 2013 he had to resort to be more of a spectator - but not bad for someone 85+ years of age at the time.

He is survived by:

His children:
Kevin (Bev) and two children: Tyler(Candice) and Jenna (Chase)
Rodger and two children: Nicole (Haley) and their two children: Grayson and Payton
Shawn (Tiffany)
Darwin (Lynette) and two children: Stacie (Brandon) and their two children: Burke and Holden
Rob (Christina) and three children: Braden, Madison and Ella
Val (Charlie) and daughter Jodi (Jason)
Lois (Dennis) and two children: Chelsey (Devon) and their two children: Kayden and Berlyn
Jesse (Amanda) and their two children: Emersyn and Kesslyr.

His siblings:
Ross Baptist, Beatrice Shipley and Jean Hawrychuk

He will be missed by his brother-in-law Vernon (Cheryle) Helstrom; sisters-in-law: Vipsen and Jean Helstrom and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Marlene, his parents, his brothers: Harold, Clifford, Ronald, Kenneth; his sisters: Coral, Kathleen, Ethel, Dorothy, Elsie and Thelma.

He will be forever in our hearts. May he rest in peace with all those have gone before him.

Due to Covid 19 the family will be having a private graveside service on July 19, 2020. For those who would like to pay their respects, may do so at his grave site at the Melfort Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Clarence's name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada; or the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Rick Rumberger

Posted at 09:22am
I got to know Clarence at the rink. Just a really fine man. Sympathies to the entire family

Gladys Foster

Posted at 10:27pm
So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad Rodger. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time.
Stacey & Gladys

Shannon Baerwald

Posted at 12:59pm
Our sincere condolences to the entire Baptist family. May you find peace and comfort in your wonderful memories of him. I have many fond memories of uncle Clarence which I will cherish forever. Heaven gained another beautiful soul and may he rest in peace with Auntie Marlene and our other special angels. Sending all our love, Shannon and Madyson Baerwald

Wanda Ollivier

Posted at 10:02am
Val, Rodger, Kevin, Darwin, Lois, Rob and families:
We were so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a one-of-a-kind guy and will be missed by a lot of people.
Always had a smile and something corny to say. Hold on the those precious memories and know that he is now at peace with your Mom again.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joe & Wanda (Gray) Ollivier

Karen Johnson

Posted at 12:23pm
To the children of Clarence (and Marlene) I was saddened to read this notice of Clarence's passing. Your Dad was a good man, a good neighbour when we all lived on Bemister West, a good co-worker to my husband, and a very humble and kind man. I always enjoyed my visits with Clarence. The last time I saw him was at your Mom's service and he looked lost. He is not lost anymore for they are together!! Blessings and Hugs.

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