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Clay, Gene Edward
October 31, 1940 - April 21, 2018
Service:  There will be no formal gathering as per his wishes. Friends and family are invited to share memories in their own ways.
Notice:  He has enriched the lives of everyone he met and has ridden back into the mountains he loved.


Clay, Gene Edward

Gene Edward Clay passed away on April 21, 2018 in the Red Deer hospital. He left this world with the same quiet strength and courage as he lived his life with.

Gene was born in Innisfail, Alberta on October 31, 1940. His family lived at Stauffer and then moved to Caroline where he began his lifelong relationship with horses, logging with his father in a bush camp on the Raven River. In 1955 he went to work in the hills jingling horses. He became a guide and spent many years in the outfitting business which gave him a multitude of stories that he used to keep us laughing. He built a place of his own west of Caroline and married Shelagh in 1972. Gene then worked in the oil field industry while continuing to build up their home place. He made a great many friends rodeoing and worked as a pick up man for many contractors. Whatever he did he was respected for his solid work ethic and dependability which was at his core. Later in life Gene moved to Caroline and then to Sundre where he continued to make friends with his quick wit and mischievous nature that was given away by his crooked grin that we will never forget.
Gene is predeceased by his father Ed, his mother Stella and a special friend Johanne.
He is survived by his son Jack, grandchildren Cole, Samantha and Abigail, his lifelong friends Shelagh and Lee, his sister Edna and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and families.
There will be no formal gathering as per his wishes. Friends and family are invited to share memories in their own ways.
He has enriched the lives of everyone he met and has ridden back into the mountains he loved. Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Funeral Home and Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Memorial donations may be made in Gene’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626


The Haneys:
Dear Jack, grandkids, Edna, and nieces and nephews,
Our sympathy to all of your family.
We have so many happy memories of 'Clay Boy' or 'Geno,' Clayton's favorite names, used interchangeably for Gene. Clayton's stories go on forever, haying together, beaver trapping, guiding for Edwin, calving, hunting and even chasing wild horses! I think that perhaps making fun of me and my lack of farming knowledge was one of their favorite things to do too. Together, they had me convinced that I should probably be afraid of a newborn, black bull calf!! He was there when we got married too, as one of our best men. When he came to visit we always had macaroni and tomatoes, a favorite of his. He'd eat his fill, then race to the couch so he could stretch out and recoup!!. We always looked forward to the many laughs with a visit and game of cards with Gene.
May your happy memories bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead.
Clayton and Sonja
Gordon Roberts:
Sorry to read about your dad Jack, you talked about him a some at work.and the few times i talked to him i could tell he was a good man.
Marie Mason (Knight):
Condolences to the family. Even tho I had not seen Gene much in the past few years I remember him from school. He was always very pleasant RIP
Jennifer Hebb & Family:
Gene was a great man. I remember going to their farm and getting farm fresh eggs at one point and him and my dad yapping forever, stories and such. Our condolences to the Clay family.
Karen Foesier and Family:
So sorry for your loss, Jack and Families. Our condolences to you all!!
Sandra Zigler:
You were such a kind person, always recognized me and I’m sure you did acknowledge all peoples, always bring a smile to every one, you will surely be missed, Lord Bless you, Gene....
Shavon parsons :
I still can’t believe you’re gone you will be missed so much as I’m much and I will miss your visit at the Burger Baron as you would come and visit with me :)
Jo-Ann and Garry katona:
Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you with the loss of your brother grampa uncle and friend. Gene was a special person and will be greatly missed by all who new him. Our deepest sympathies to all of you.
Buff Mclellan:
After working with Gene at Strachan we formed a great friendship. He always had a humorous greeting when we met. Looked forward to every visit. Will miss his humour and wit. Rest easy my friend. My sincere condolences to all his family.
Crystal and Lorne Oliver:
Jack, our hearts go out to you. To lose a parent is something we've yet to be able to imagine. There is something of a child in us still at their passing and that child weeps tears no other will ever truly understand. With love, my friend xoxo Crystal (Anger) Oliver & family
Peter & Beatrice Leek and family:
Gene was an inspiring man he never went a day without telling us a story. Gene was a gentle and kind man never saying a bad thing about anyone. Gene you will be greatly missed. RIP my dear friend.
Linda Kinart:
I didn't know him but he sounded like a very great man to so many people. Condolences Jack to you, the children and your extended family. My deepest sympathies to you all..

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