Kensington (July 11, 2013) – Don Clark was born and raised in Kensington, and lived there for most of his life. Don, now 81, spent much of his time working for the town in some manner.
The Town of Kensington will be recognizing Don’s contributions to the community by naming a ball field after him. The ball fields are located at Community Gardens Complex, where Don offered much of his support. The field closest to the Royal Canadian Legion, unofficially referred to as the Canada Games Ball Field, will now be known as the “Don Clark Ball Field”.
“Kensington turns 100 next year, and we have had many citizens that have significantly impacted our town over those years, and Mr. Clark is one of them,” says Mayor Gordon Coffin.
Don served on the Town Council from 1979 to 1990 and with just a town clerk and one maintenance person, he worked very hard with the other councillors and the former Mayor Gerald MacCarville to foster significant growth in Kensington.
Both as a business person and as a town councillor, he was passionate about supporting the local community, including Community Gardens Complex. His business at the time, Don L. Clark Insurance, has sponsored the Kensington Granites hockey team for at least 20 years, and more recently, the senior men’s baseball team. Don has served as the honorary Chair of the Zamboni Fundraising Committee, and has always been quick to donate to other Town ventures such as the Kensington Police Fishing Derby and Bike Rodeo, the Arts and Culture Festival, and when Community Gardens was fundraising to install much-needed lights in the ball fields.
“I know he took his job very seriously and put a lot of time into town business,” says son Walter Clark. “He was passionate about supporting the local community, including Community Gardens facilities.”
The official naming ceremony will take place on Friday, July 12th at 6:45pm at the ball field dug out, where the Mayor will introduce Don and the new sign will be unveiled.