Obituary of Clayton (Clay) John Arthur Marion
December 3, 1945 - Thunder Bay (Port Arthur), Ontario
April 26, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta
Clayton Marion of Calgary, AB, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at the age of 76 years.
Clayton, “Clay” to his family and friends, was born in Port Arthur, ON on December 3, 1945. Clay grew up in Florida and attended the University of South Florida, where he studied toward a degree in Zoology. He moved back to Canada (Toronto) in 1967, married Alice, and discovered a passion for restoring neglected houses and turning them into homes. Clay was an antique dealer and through his love of heritage craftsmanship grew to become a gifted furniture maker, expert woodworker and furniture restorer. Clay loved music, art, and was a talented photographer, an avid reader and collector of books.
Clay accomplished much through his life and was particularly proud of restoring his home in Aylesford, NS, where he lived with his family until 1988. Clay also loved the time he spent working with disabled adults at The Beehive Learning Center in Aylesford. He was known for his wry sense of humor, an ability to roll a perfect cigarette, and stellar cider brewing skills.
Clay is survived by his two daughters, Eve Marion (Charles Spencer) of Durham, NC and Claudia Marion (David Middleton) of Toronto; two sons, Jason Marion and Charles Marion (Anny Maisonneuve), both of Gatineau, QC, along with his former wife, Alice Terry of Mebane, NC; and their thirteen grandchildren, Maxwell, Georgia, Lily, Emma, Benjamin, Caius, Jérémie, Eliza, Félix, Juliette, Jonas, Sonja, and Arielle. Clay is also survived by his former partner and dear friend, Louise Whitton. Clayton was predeceased by his mother Gainya Farnsworth (née Eugenia Stadnek), father Clayton Marion Sr., and foster brother, José.
A Celebration of Clay’s Life with his family and friends will be held in his beloved Nova Scotia at a later date. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.
In living memory of Clayton Marion, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.