Shirley Clarke in my opinion was one of the most classy Realtors I have ever met. The way in which she (and her Family) conduct their business was and is First Class. Shirley has contributed a tone of time to local Charities and Events. It was my pleasure having known Shirley and on Behalf of my Family to the Clarke's our thoughts are with you.
Shirley Clarke, a top realtor in North Vancouver for more than a decade, died Tuesday after battling ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, for two years. She was 57.
Clarke started her career late, after raising her three children as a stay-at-home mom, and rose to become the No. 1 realtor in North Vancouver in just three years.
She remained at the top for four years and then formed a team that held that position for six more years, up until today.
Clarke was born Shirley French on Sept. 14, 1953, in Toronto to Ron and Irene French, the first of their two children.
She met her husband, John, in 1969, when she was a teenager and they married in 1974, celebrating their 36th anniversary in June.
Two years later, she graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in political science and was elected the first female president of U of T's student council in 1977.
A year later, she gave birth to Laura after she and John moved to Windsor, and then London, Ont., where Jordan was born in 1982 and Brooke in 1984.
The family relocated to North Vancouver in 1988 and in 1997, when their youngest was 13, Shirley went into real estate.
Her whole family now works together in the industry.
She was diagnosed with ALS in October 2008.
She leaves her husband, John, three children and their spouses, and two grandchildren, Emerson and Charlotte.
Her family called her a "living angel who loved to give and help others."
A celebration of her life will be held at Highlands United Church in North Vancouver on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. Donations can be made in her name to the ALS Society of B.C.