May 14, 1929 - June 25, 2018
(Mary) Evelyn Clow (McLure), 89, of Flat River, died in the early morning hours of Monday, 25 June 2018 at the Dr. John Gillis Memorial Lodge in Belfast. She was born in Charlottetown, PEI, on May 14, 1929 to Holden and Grace McLure.
Evelyn was a teacher and breast cancer survivor; a lover of art, music, theatre and – most of all – people. After retiring from 35 years of teaching she opened Magic Fingers Craft Shop, which operated out of a number of locations in the Belfast and Flat River areas for over a decade. She was also a dedicated community volunteer: a lifelong supporter of the Women’s Institute, United Church Women (UCW), the Liberal Party of Canada, Community School and Allied Youth.
Evelyn opened one of the first three Allied Youth posts in Prince Edward Island in Caledonia in 1961, and went on to establish chapters in Mount Albion, Vernon River, Belfast and Montague. “I can still remember those A.Y. meetings at Evelyn and Earl’s house in Flat River,” wrote Alan Buchanan in 1996 when the Provincial Allied Youth conference was dedicated in her honour. “There would be 20 or 30 of us crammed into their living room. Oh, sure we came up with some pretty crazy ideas, but we were never discouraged from dreaming. We had a lot of fun, but we also learned what it was to be part of a ‘community’. We learned that our hopes and fears were normal. We learned how to be citizens. And we learned how to be leaders,” he said.
In 1998, Evelyn was named Citizen of the Year by the Belfast Lions Club. She was also given a PEI community school award and a PEI Teacher’s Federation Retirement award. In 2012 she was awarded the Adelaide Hoodless Award of Honour by PEI Women’s Institute for outstanding contributions to PEIWI.
A proud member of the Liberal party of Canada, Evelyn met several prime ministers and many premiers over the course of her life. She and her husband Earl were once invited to an event with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip during a royal visit to the island, and in 2000 Evelyn and daughter Faye dined with Prince Edward and Countess Sophie of Wessex.
Throughout her life, Evelyn travelled the world: to New Zealand, South Africa, England, Scotland, Florida and more. But her photos rarely pictured the landmarks that make those places famous; it was all about the people. She always returned with more stories of the people she chatted with on long bus rides than the things she’d seen and done when they got to their destination.
Evelyn was predeceased by her son Douglas Clow and brother Arthur MacLure. She is survived by her husband, Earl; her daughter Faye (Ray Sharkey) Clow and son Errol (Mary Lou) MacLure; grandchildren Jackie and Danielle Sharkey, Lana (Vincent) Chaisson, Lauchie (Rebecca) and Laurel MacLure; great-grandchildren Elijah VandenBorn, Connor Chaisson and Luka Reuben; sister-in-law Shirley MacLure, nieces Roblynn Hunnisett and Rhonda Perrin and grand-niece Emily Perrin.
Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel. Funeral Thursday from St. Andrew’s United Church, Vernon at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. John’s Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Camp Abegweit would be appreciated. Visiting hours Wednesday from 4 – 7 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.macleanfh.com