* 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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This poor bloke in this 30's was living at Blair Athol, accommodation for the homeless at Tugun, Qld, Australia. He had a small fibreglass boat and an old Falcon car.
this day, he took a lady from Blair Athol on a fishing outing over the Tweed Bar during the afternoon. They caught a couple of squire (snapper) and were a bit late - getting back at dusk to the Bar. Somehow he lost his bearings and missed the bar and got tossed by a wave onto Fingal Beach - damaging the boat and filling it with sand. They got ashore ok. He was lost and confused.
He and the lady walked into Chinderah and she got a lift back to Blair Athol and he was upset and wandered into the BP wanting food but had no money. Then he wandered down to Jenners Corner Shop, where he went in and asked for a pie - he was refused and sent on his way.
He walked back towards the BP and was half way there when he suddenly jumped out on the road in front of a lady drive driving south to Murwillumbah, waving his arms. She hit hm and he was thrown into the table drain
I got there just as he passed away.
The poor lady that hit him was extremely shocked and I thought she needed some counselling.
After I got all the accident details I saw the local priest and he went down to see the lady but on arrival was abused by the anti-catholic husband and kicked off the property.
I think the bloke was so upset about losing his boat and so confused that he deliberately jumped out in front of the car.
We found his car at the Kennedy Drive boat ramp and took it to the station. About a week later his relatives turned up and collected his properly.