In Memory of




Obituary for John Ronald Clark

On January 17, 2024, the world said goodbye to an adventurer, a thrill-seeker, and a true-life enthusiast. John Ronald Clark passed away peacefully with assistance at the age of 59 with his loving daughters, Jeremy and Ellie, and family by his side at his home, just as he wished. A light in so many lives, John lived every day to set new limits and give joy to each person he interacted with. With a zest for life, John always had a passion. From sailing to kiteboarding to Onewheeling to cooking. Each day was a new adventure for John, and he never stopped.

From learning to sail at Frenchman’s Bay Yacht Club, to becoming a seven-time Shark World Champion and an Albacore World Champion, John’s passion for sailing brought him not only around the world for competitions, but also gave him a rewarding and enjoyable career. He owned Kingston Sail Loft (formerly JC Sails) for over 30 years, crafting one of a kind world class, race winning sails. After mastering the world of sailing, John found a new passion in kiteboarding. His love for kiteboarding brought him to new places, like Brazil, Africa, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. At 55, he discovered a new extreme sport—Onewheeling—covering over 12,000 km around Kingston in four years, often sharing the thrill with his daughter Ellie by his side.

Beyond his adventures, John's deepest bonds were with his family, most lovingly his two daughters, Jeremy Osa Clark and Ellie Dorothy Clark. Their connection was like no other, and they will forever be best friends. He was loved dearly by his father, Ronald James Clark (Mary Ann Sheppard), his mother, Sandra Gay Duncan (Ian Duncan), his sisters Nicole Yvonne Clark and Camielle Ellen Clark (David Holmes), and his nephew Klaus Brockhausen. He has left a lasting impression on a multitude of friends, the sailing and kiteboarding communities, and the countless people he met along his journey. He will be deeply missed by many.

A tribute will be held on January 31, 2024, his 60th birthday. The event will take place at the Red House, 369 King Street East, Kingston. Please join us between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to gather for a cheers to his lively spirit that touched us all.