Saturday, April 27, 2019

Fond farewell to the Valley's 'Old MacDonald'

"Old MacDonald" Keith Clark on the front page of the
Derwent Valley Gazette in 1996.
A FUNERAL will be held on Monday for the man known to a generation of children as the Derwent Valley's "Old MacDonald."

Keith Clark, originally from Ellendale, passed away at his home at Macquarie Plains on April 20.

Mr Clark and his late wife Deanna operated Old MacDonald's Farm and Hillcrest Holiday Cabins at Ellendale for 20 years from 1979-99, which led to Mr Clark becoming well known as "Old MacDonald" when the farm was opened up to day visitors and school camps.

He had a keen interest in community matters in the Central Highlands and Derwent Valley, and was a key driver of the establishment of the community garden at Willow Court and the Friends of Frescati.

Mr Clark is survived by his second wife, the Reverend Ellen Clark, and his children, step-children and grandchildren, and his two sisters and their families.

Family and friends are invited to attend Mr Clark's funeral service at 2.30pm on Monday, April 29, at St Andrew's Anglican Church, Ellendale. He will be buried in the church cemetery. Donations to mental health causes will be accepted at the service.

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