Monday, July 4, 2011

RIP Ewan 'Sudsy' Clark

Thursday, June 23, 2011 was a sad day for all of us in the arts in Canada.
That was the evening Ewan (Sudsy) Clark passed away as a result of complications due to an aggressive colonic cancer diagnosed only three months earlier.

He fought against the cancer as hard as he worked all his life as a musician, actor, writer, producer, teacher and bon vivant.

Since the age of ten Ewan, when he performed his first role as Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors and at the same time acquired his first fiddle, was caught by the acting and music bug. Suds, as he is known to many of us, spent his life making music, acting on stage, in television and film, and working with actors, writers, musicians and incredible radio technicians in Halifax to bring magic to the CBC Radio airwaves.

Since moving to the west coast in 1991 with his partner, Susan MacPhee, Ewan played several seasons with Bard On The Beach, and spent two seasons on Vancouver Island working with Chemainus Theatre. He always loved “trodding the boards”. He continued to perform in radio, television and film.
Ewan played a crucial role in the establishment of the Union of British Columbia Performers even before moving to Vancouver. As a member of the Maritime division of ACTRA Performers Branch, he had worked closely with Alan Krasnick and became a founding member of the UBCP to signify his support of the autonomy of West Coast actors.

Upon moving to Vancouver he became a member of the UBCP Board of Directors, serving as Treasurer during its difficult formative years.

His move to Vancouver prompted even more involvement in music. He rediscovered his Celtic music roots through his association with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra and branched out to play with various groups and to teach music with private students and at Douglas College in New Westminster and The Place des Arts in Coquitlam.

He died at home, quickly and without pain, talking about his plans for the next
day.

Ewan specified he would appreciate that in lieu of flowers, people make donations to The Actor’s Fund of Canada.

CLARK, Ewan
Born: 19??, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: 6/23/2011, Vacouver, British Columbia, U.S.A.

Ewan 'Sudsy' Clark's western - actor:
Dead Man's Gun (TV) - 1997, 1998 (townsman, man)

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