April 7, 1849: Fire destroys much of the center of Toronto including the cathedral. The organist, James Paton Clarke (41), will never again serve in that position, even after the church is rebuilt.
January 3, 1852: James Paton Clarke (44) is “advised of his deficiencies” as organist at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic cathedral in Toronto. He is dismissed as of the end of the month.
August 27, 1877: While walking to the breakfast table in his home on 5 Gwynne Street in Yorkville, Ontario (Park Road, Toronto), Dominion of Canada, James Paton Clarke dies of a heart attack, aged approximately 70 years. His earthly remains will be buried in St. James’ Cemetery, Toronto.