Johnshaven mourns community stalwart

Long-time Mearns Leader correspondent and Johnshaven community stalwart Clark Simpson has died aged 79.

Clark was behind the ‘Johnshaven Jottings’ column which ran in this newspaper on a weekly basis for more than 30 years. He retired from the role last October, but continued to contribute to the paper on a semi-regular basis until March of this year.

A notice from his family said: “David Clark (Clark) passed away at home, in Johnshaven, with his family by his side, on Saturday, April 25. Much loved husband of Sheila, dear dad of David and Craig and proud and caring granda of Grant, Ross and Anna.”

Clark was well known in the Johnshaven community and beyond for his commitment to the village. He worked as a teacher in the area for many years.

Johnshaven Jottings first appeared on January 18, 1982, at first as a sporadic column written by Clark’s wife.

Clark soon took over and a regular half page column began, which expanded to the full page which he was producing until his final edition earlier this month.

Johnshaven was among several coastal villages to submit columns to our pages but, while the others gradually came to an end, the Jottings endured and grew from strength to strength.

Clark was hugely respected by all staff, past and present, at the Mearns Leader and will be sorely missed.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 6 at 2pm, thereafter to Johnshaven cemetery, to which all relatives and friends are respectfully invited.

The family have requested that, in lieu of flowers, if desired, contributions can be made at the church door to Christian Aid and Medical Camps, Nepal.