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CLAEYS, Randall “Randy” William

August 20, 1959 – January 13, 2012

Randy Claeys, beloved husband of Penny and father of Greg, Dana and Jeff of Calgary, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2012 at the age of 52 years.

Randy was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB where he spent many enjoyable summers at Grand Beach. He played junior football for the St. Vital Mustangs and attended Red River College. Randy married Penny Gilhuly on August 25, 1984 in Winnipeg where he began his career in sales. They resided in White Rock, BC for eleven years before settling in Calgary in 2001. Randy was employed in various sales positions prior to beginning a business in Calgary, in the window and door industry and managing real estate investments. Over the past five years, Randy developed a passion for motorcycle touring, taking extended trips in North America with his friends. He also enjoyed vacationing, the highlight being visiting Italy for their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Randy was most proud of the young adults his children have become.

Besides his loving wife Penny, Randy is survived by his children, Greg, Dana and Jeff; his cousin Jo-Anne Ford; mother-in-law and father-in-law Shirley and Dick Gilhuly; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rick (Patti), Rod (Colleen), Jill (Rob) and Sherrill; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Gertrude and Bill Claeys and his brother Gerry.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Randy Claeys, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. You are in our thoughts and prayers Penny, and our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

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  2. Don & Joyce Rhymer :

    We wish to express our sincere sympathy on the passing of Randy. Please know that we are keeping you in our prayers. May he rest in peace.

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  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will always cherish the memories of football and fishing with Randy. He was a kind and caring friend. I cannot begin to express my deepest condolences. Ron St Mars

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  4. Pat Connolly and Tim Loucks :

    Dearest Penny: So sorry to hear of your lose. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. May cherished memories of Randy comfort you and your family at this time.

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  5. To Penny and her extended family;
    I’m so sorry to have read Randy’s obituary in today’s Winnipeg Free Press. I had been following his progress through Patti & Rick. I met Randy when he worked at Great-West Life and have fond memories of him as a fun, personable and caring person. He was also a great addition to our fun league baseball team….he was the home run king ! Randy touched many lives and will be miss by all. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family through this trying time.
    Sincerest regards,
    Sue Nicholson

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  6. My deepest sympathy to all of the family of Randy.

    As children Randy, his brother Gerry and myself grew up together every summer at Grand Beach.
    Every weekend when we arrived at our cabins we had to do our chores, cutting the grass, getting water from the well and others I would take off to Randy and Gerry’s cabin to plan our 2 short days.
    During summer holidays we were all like brothers, doing almost everything together.
    I remember getting up at 6am and riding our bikes 2 miles all the while holding our fishing rod in one hand and the tackle box in the other.We did this so we could get in as much fishing as possible before we had to get back to the cabin so our parents did not know how long we were gone. They never found out, I think! I miss those days!!
    I am sad to say I cannot remember the last summer we did that.
    I think that things changed in our lives over summer and either I did not go out for a weekend, or they did not come out and we slowly went different ways.
    Knowing Randy I am sure he loved his wife dearly and raised his children the way he was, in a fun and loving manner.
    Once again, I am very sorry for your loss.
    Brad Childe

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  7. Maureen Devanik Butterfield (Winnipeg, MB) :

    Dear Penny and family,

    Randy was such a great guy. I was so shocked to hear of his passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. He will be sorely missed.

    Just some thoughts about Randy….

    As a young “Tomboy”, Randy and I spent every day together at Grand Beach. We loved the outdoors and were inseparable.

    Together we climbed oaks and poplars, rolled in the sand dunes, dove into Lake Winnipeg’s mighty whitecaps. We lived in our bathing suits, always ready to take a quick dip, wade through reeds and bullrushes, or step into mucky roadside ditches to catch humungous bullfrogs. We carried plastic pails and nets to catch minnows, rope to swing from trees, pocket knives to carve our names in park benches, pickerel rigs for our rods. We never wore shoes, never carried a towel, and seldom stopped to eat or sleep. We kept watch for shooting stars, and the Big Dipper. We ate french fries and drank Lime Crush at The Hilltop Restaurant and bought penny candy at Lou’s Store. We skipped stones by the hour and filetted the sunfish and pickerel we caught at The Lagoon. We trotted around Grand Marais down dark, secret paths at midnight. We played cards, roasted marshmallows, had spitting contests, and jumped from mighty boulders. We slurped Gertie’s delicious Kool-Aid, and spent Saturdays nights at the huge bonfires and singsongs on The Hill, complete with piano and eukele accompaniments from Cuddy and Pearl.

    Keeping up with Randy was no small feat. Behind his beaming smile, skin like a cocoa-bean, and blonde rush of sun-streaked hair, was a formidable rock-skipper, wood-chopper and foot-wrestler. Our world was born of the beauty of nature, and the freedom we had to explore it.

    My “best-bud” Randy taught me many things each summer, but being a girl, what I most valued was that he taught me to be confident, daring and energetic. He demanded that I do whatever he (a boy!) would do.

    I cherished our childhood summers together, and they would never have been the same without such a wonderful buddy.

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  8. Lisa Beaudry klassen :

    Dear Penny, I am so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. My prayers go out to you and your family as you go through this difficult time.
    Love Lisa

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  9. Lorna Beaudry :

    Penny ..we are so very sad for you…
    Larry and Lorna Beaudry

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  10. Dear Penny

    Read about Randy in Winnipeg’s paper, just wanted to drop a note to let you know that I am thinking about you, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Terri

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  11. Penny and family, I’m sorry to hear about your loss and I would like to pass along my sincere condolences. Randy was always a fun and pleasant person to be around whether it was after a football game or just goofing around at a practice. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you move forward in time.

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  12. Please accept my sincere condolences. My son, Logan, and Jeff are friends and I had no idea what an ordeal your family was facing. Jeff has been by on several occasions and I also know him through Centennial High School. He has always been such a nice young man and I was glad that Logan forged a friendship with him. My husband also has terminal cancer so unfortunately Jeff and Logan had something in common that they kept private. If there is anything we can do to help the family, please feel free to contact us.

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  13. Dianne Domaratzki :

    Dear Penny and family,

    We are thinking of you during this sad time with fond memories.

    Dianne Domaratzki and Al Valentin

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  14. Mike and Dawn Jerlo :

    The world is a lot less brighter without Randy in it. Our deepest condolences to Penny, the family and friends near and far.

    Mike and Dawn

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  15. Dear Family of Randy Claeys

    So sorry to hear about Randy. May all of your memories give you comfort in your grief.
    Sincerely,

    Colleen Munro

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