* a collection of stories and memories, in no particular order, from the life and times of John Clarke, who served as a policeman in the Australian Police Force, a great practical joker, he also had a great affinity with people and wildlife, was a champion swimmer, snooker player, loved golf, still loves fishing and is also an artist. I hope you enjoy his recollections - cheers, karin (his daughter)
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Tim was born in 1970 and was a dear little fellow. We couldn't keep him in the yard as he could climb over any fence. We had a 6 ft paling fence and the lady in the flats/units next door, used to ring us regularly to inform us that Tim was climbing over the fence again! He was always heading for the breakwall to join his Dad (me) fishing. Tim was badly knock-kneed and we took him to specialists and he had to wear these horrible splints at night - he used to cry for hours and after a couple of months, we threw the splints in the garbage andhe was much happier. His legs grew straight in time, he also overcame a stutter and later, we discovered he had juvenile diabetes around the age of 10
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Missy came along in 1971 and was a gorgeous little girl. Very stubborn and knew how to get what she wanted. We used to go for fmaily walks on the breakwall and once we got a certain distance, I would have to carry her on my shoulders - she would just lay herself down on the concrete and scream until I picked her up.