Obituary of Patricia Ann Claydon
September 1, 1945 – London, England
February 23, 2023 - Calgary, Alberta
It is with deep sorrow that the family announce the passing of Patricia “Pat” Claydon, beloved wife of Martin Claydon, of Calgary, AB, on Thursday, February 23, 2023, at the age of 77 years.
Pat was a beautiful person and a blessing to all who knew her. Pat’s caring and vibrant personality allowed her to make many close friends throughout her life. A caring mother and grandmother, she cherished her children and grandchildren. She was indeed the “heart” of the family.
Pat possessed a contagious laugh and enjoyed sharing her time with friends and family. An extremely positive person, Pat was a kind and compassionate soul and people enjoyed being in her joyful company.
Pat and Martin were married in March 1965 and immigrated to Canada in September 1966, settling in Calgary to raise their family.
When the children were old enough Pat took on several different employment opportunities from banking to retail. But Pat’s love for the Art Community eventually found her working at Stage West Dinner Theatre, where she made life-time friendships with her co-workers. Through these friendships Pat was invited to work at the Alberta Ballet. During this period Pat took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator for the Ballet’s special fundraising events such as “House and Garden”.
Pat was a selfless person that was always willing to help those in need. These included “waifs and strays” that she had met throughout her life that she would invite to stay in her home, from Ballet Dancers, High School students, Japanese Police personnel, a Māori woman from New Zealand who was volunteering with Pat at a folk festival, and a young girl that Pat met at a Victoria, BC bus stop, who would be in Calgary for the Stampede without a place to stay.
Throughout her life Pat excelled as a true leader from being selected as “Head Girl” at her school in England. Her leadership qualities really shined during her church life at Red Deer Lake United Church, leading Bible Studies, Youth Groups and serving on several Church Boards and committees and was particularly proud of being the first female chair of the Board. Pat also enjoyed singing in the church choir for many years.
Her love of the arts again came to the fore when she organized the annual church fundraising Variety Shows for several years as well as performing in church stage plays herself.
Pat is survived by her husband Martin, two children Robert (Carma) Claydon, and Michelle (Doug) Den Hoed; and five grandchildren Kessa, Jenna, Britta, Bennet, and John. She is also survived by her two sisters, Eileen Tillett and Ruth Webb and her sister-in-law Maureen Rice.
The family wish to express a special thanks to the staff at AgeCare, Midnapore, for their supportive care.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Red Deer Lake United Church (West on Highway 22X past Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB), https://reddeerlakeuc.com/, or to the Parkinson Association of Alberta, 120, 6835 Railway Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2V6 Telephone: (403) 243-9901, www.parkinsonassociation.ca.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Red Deer Lake United Church (96187 Spruce Meadows Green SW, Alberta, T1S 2R9) on Saturday, March 4th, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Midlands Link. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join Pat’s service streamed live (see below) on the day of the service. For those who are unable to view live, a recording of the service will be posted. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.
In living memory of Pat, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab t2x 3j3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.
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