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Richardson, Clayton Harvey

Richardson, Clayton Harvey

December 2, 1925 – Three Hills, Alberta  

November 16, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta  

Clayton ‘Clay’ Richardson of Calgary, AB passed away on November 16, 2015 at the age of 89 years.

Clay was born in Twining, Alberta, the second of two children born to Elizabeth and William Richardson. He and his older sister Doris attended school in Three Hills, Alberta. Following graduation, Clay quickly enlisted in the Canadian Navy in 1943.   Clay was discharged at the end of WWII and began his studies in Pharmacy at the University of Alberta in 1948. He began his career in pharmacy at Horsley Drugs in Red Deer in 1952 and later moved to Waterbury Drugs in Three Hills.   Clay married Jean (Christie) in June 1953. He had an opportunity in 1956 to pioneer his own drugstore in Hinton, AB as a new pulp mill was under construction. He and Jean owned and managed King Value Drug Mart until 1989.   Clay was very active in the Hinton community as the president of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Progressive Conservative Association as well as President of the Optimist club. Clay was often seen helping with projects that improved the Town of Hinton and assisted with the hand digging of the first outdoor swimming pool, helping to build the clubhouse at the golf course, helping with the minor hockey program and helping to build the first curling rink in Hinton. Clay and Jean retired to Salmon Arm, BC in 1989 and enjoyed many years spending summers at Mara Lake BC and winters in Mesa, AZ.   Clay and Jean were actively involved with the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm and were awarded the distinguished Paul Harris Award. In 2000 Clay and Jean moved to Calgary to be closer to family. Clay also became involved with the Rotary Club of Calgary and remained active until 2014. He enjoyed a very special closeness and camaraderie with his brother-in-law, Tom Christie following Jean’s death in 2002. Clay leaves behind many good friends at Sienna Park Green.

Clayton was very proud of his rural farming upbringing and achieved success by working hard, serving people and looking for ways to make his community a better place. He was a strong role model and provider for his family. We will always miss our Dad and Poppa dearly but will remember him with a smile, a wink and a happy heart.


Clay is survived by his daughter Elizabeth (Betty-Jean) (Randy) Sachro of Okotoks, AB, and his sons James (Vivianne) Richardson of Scotch Creek, BC and Kenneth (Janice) Richardson of Calgary, AB. Poppa was also very proud of his grandchildren Derrick Franche, Christie (Christopher) Smith, Chelsea (Derek Kovalskie) Franche, Benjamin Sachro, Jennifer (Luke) Flowers, Clayton (Katelyn Grimbly) Richardson, Blair Richardson and Colin Richardson. Great Poppa is also survived by his great-grand children, Avery and Oliver Smith and Isla Kovalskie. Clay is also survived by his second family Tom (Phyllis) Christie, Jim (Doris) Christie and Jack (Lynn) Christie as well as many nephews and nieces. Clayton was predeceased by his beloved wife Jean in 2002, grandson Adam Sachro, parents William and Elizabeth Richardson, his sister Doris Parker, his brothers-in-law Robert and Charlie Christie, Walter Parker and his sisters-in-law Margaret, Clarice and Nancy Christie, and son-in-law Dale Franche.

A Celebration of Clayton’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Clayton will be interred and rejoin his love, Jean in Three Hills, AB at a later date. Forward condolences through

If friends so desire, memorial donations be made to the Providence Children’s Centre, 5232 4th Street SW, Calgary, AB. T2V 0Z4 where Clay spent many hours volunteering and reading books to “his kids” or Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association, 1245-70th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 2X8.

Our family would like to thank the staff at the Scenic Acres Retirement Living Center as well as the medical and nursing staff at Foothills Medical Centre and the staff at the Chinook Hospice who made Dad’s final journey so comfortable and peaceful.

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

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  1. I want to send to all the family my heartfelt condolences. Though it is a sad time; remember a life well lived. Clay (Poppa) was a proud and strong man that left behind a legacy his family can be very proud of. Celebrate his wonderful life, keep him always in your hearts. Keep all the family memories close. A song, a bird and hockey game comes on, you’ll remember him fondly and smile. Though its hard time now, the memories will always be there when you need them the most. God Bless!

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  2. Phil and Deb Hogg

    To BJ and Randy, Jamie and Vivian, Ken and Janice and Families,
    Phil and myself were so sorry to hear about Uncle Clay and we were so glad he wouldn’t miss the Christie reunions. It was good that he had the strong family support so he could be there. It always amazed both of us how he “made the rounds” and had a great visit with all his Christie family. He was very sincere in wanting to know what you and your family had been up to. He will be sorely missed by all of us. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the funeral as we will be out of the country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  3. Clay will always remain a price of a man in my memories with a heart of gold and a knack for small talk. He was a fixture at King Drugs in Hinton when I was growing up. A loveable man with a great sense of humor and wit.

    I offer my sincerest condolences to the Richardson family.

    Warren Cook
    Kamloops, BC

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  4. Patty & Bob Viney

    We are so sorry to hear of Clay’s passing. My thoughts go back many, many years to when I worked at King Drug and had the opportunity to get to know him. He was a very thoughtful, kind and fair man and I will always remember the ways he and your mom treated me. Keep the sweet memories close to your hearts and he will never be far away.

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  5. Sheila, Monty, Jordan Giebel

    Dear Betty-Jean, Randy, Jim, Vivian, Ken ,Janice, and Family
    Sorry to hear about Uncle Clay’s passing, He and your mom were pretty special people. I remember their visits to Victoria, and how special and kind they were to our dear mom, Nancy. We will always remember and appreciate that. I also remember fond memories at the lake. Your dad had a great smile and such a kind heart. He will
    be missed. Love to you all. Sincerely Sheila, Monty, Jordan, Jim

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  6. B.J.and family, I am saddened to hear of the death of your dad.I remember him as a very kind and caring man.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Louise & Leonard Wall

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  7. Fiona & Aaron Galbraith

    Our dear friends, the Richardson Clan, Our hearts go out to you all in the loss of your wonderful Dad & Poppa. Family was so important to Clay & he was so proud of all of you! We have so many great memories of him through our growing up years in Hinton & of special times shared at our beloved Mara Lake. When we think of your Dad we will remember his easy smile & the twinkle in his eye! He was a valued member of the Hinton community & a dear friend to our family. He will be missed! Sending you all much love during this difficult time.

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  8. Cal and Teresa Hotchkiss

    Betty Jean, Jamie and Ken-We are so saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was such a wonderful man-always cheerful, always ready to help and a dear friend to many, many people. May your wonderful memories of him and knowing the love he shared help you through this sad time. Cal and Teresa Hotchkiss

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  9. Frank and Evelyn Parnell

    To my dear friend BJ, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time of losing your Dad.
    Love Ev and Frank

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  10. David, Shirley & Family

    BJ, Jamie & Ken, Your dad was special, a genuine smile, full of P&V and lots of fun to be around. We will miss him, I found a card today that says it all.

    Tonight, when you look up don’t think of them as stars.
    Think of them as porch lights welcoming your loved one safely home.

    Uncle Clay’s in good company, back with Mom watching over you all.
    Sorry we can’t be with you, our thoughts an prayers are with you.

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  11. Bud and Vi Jones

    We met Clay in 1958 when we moved to Hinton and he became our Pharmacist and friend until he sold the drug store and moved away. We have only kind thoughts of Clay as he was a fine gentleman with a wonderful sense of humour. He will be missed by many!

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  12. John and Marilynn Hickey

    To BJ, Jamie and Ken and families
    Your Dad and Mom were so important in our lives, especially the early days of our marriage in 1960. Jean was a surrogate Mom to me and Clay was the kindest, most caring person in the community who looked after each and every person in need. He simply never worried about the cost, just being there when help was needed.
    We know he went peacefully, knowing he would be joining his beloved Jean.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We’ll miss his Christmas letter this year but he won’t be forgotten.

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  13. Cecile and waldo wasson

    What a pleasure it was to have known Clay and family here in Hinton. Sincere condolances
    to all the family during a sad time.

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