Quiet, behind the scenes approach helped raise money for countless Conservation Foundation projects spanning four decades.
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Foundation Past Chair, Hugh Clark, at the end of August. Hugh was a passionate conservationist and served on the
Foundation’s Board of Directors from 1977 to 1996, serving as chair from 1988 to 1991.
Both as a Director and Chairman, Hugh’s passion for Land Acquisition played a vital role in securing hundreds of acres of wetlands throughout the Spencer Creek headwaters. As Chair
of the Foundation’s Land Acquisition Committee, Hugh used his contacts to secure gifts from a number of local corporations, Foundations and service clubs which helped the Conservation Authority acquire parcels of land in the Beverly Swamp and Fletcher Creek.
Hugh joined his grandfather’s plumbing business, Adam Clark Company, at a young age and worked his way up through the ranks, eventually becoming the company’s President. With a
shrewd mind for business, Hugh helped grow the company into one of the region’s largest construction firms before he and his brother Alan Clark, sold the family business in 1981.
The Foundation, however, was not the only outlet for Hugh’s philanthropy. Through the years, Hugh volunteered with countless other local health, social and cultural organizations
in the Hamilton area. Hugh, Alan and brother William Clark founded the Clark Family
Foundation in 1979 before eventually bringing it to the Hamilton Community Foundation where it continues to provide vital funding for a great range of worthy community projects.
Hugh’s connection with the Foundation did not end when he left the Board of Directors in 1996. In fact, Hugh personally supported the Foundation’s EcoPark Campaign and used his extensive contacts in the community to rally support which helped HCA and the Royal Botanical Gardens acquire over 200 acres of natural lands through the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System. The success of the campaign was a fitting tribute to a man who embodied the philanthropic spirit.