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    - Dawn Wallbank
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    - Robert Garner
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On December 23, 2012 Bob Clayton's mighty and loving heart stopped and he died peacefully in the arms of his wife, Linda who deeply mourns the death of her Miracle Man and celebrates his life and love. Bob will be forever loved and missed by his children Rob and Tracey, and his stepson Matt Berg and their respective partners Cindy Lou Gagnon, Howard Roth and Melissa Keene Berg, his grandchildren, Troy, Lance and Quinn Clayton; Corey, Tyler and Samara Roth; Gillian and Grayson Berg. He was so proud of all of you and loved you dearly. Also saddened is Rob and Tracey's mother Lori Goulden. Bob will be sadly missed by his sister Betty Dean and her partner John Hughes. Uncle Bobby was very special to his nieces and nephews Karen, Rosalind, Ben, Wayne, Jamie, Kenny and Junior and their families. Bob will be fondly remembered by his sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Daly and Evelyn Robbins, brother-in-law Gordon Wallbank and his nieces and their families, Dawn Wallbank and Ross Chawsky and their children Amanda, Chelsea and Colton; Debbie Wallbank and Alan Langvee and their children Jason and Erik; and Dyanne Wallbank and Martin Stutz and their children Ryan and Shaun. Bob was pre-deceased by his mother and father, Eileen Willson Clayton and Robert Arthur Clayton, Rob & Tracey's grandmother Katie and her husband Len Shakesby, his mother-in law Jean Matheny and great friends Howard Matheny, Arthur Robbins and Al Daly.
Bob was a good friend to many people, known for his easy-going personality. He always had time to talk and share stories, laughter and good times. Bob was a naturalist, hunter, fisherman, photographer and artist. He loved the outdoors and spent his life enjoying the wilderness and forests of Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and northern United States. Bob was an extremely talented artist who drew beautifully detailed wildlife art. When strokes paralyzed his right hand he taught himself to work with his left hand and created rugged landscapes in the broad style of the Group of Seven. Bob and Linda loved to wander through flea markets, antique shows, auctions and shops. They walked hand in hand through life for over 37 years sharing a passion for antiques, travel, music, writing, photography, live theatre and each other. They were each other's fiercest protector and greatest friend.
Bob Clayton loved life, people, his children, grandchildren and, most of all, Linda. He lived the words of George Bernard Shaw: "Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." May his light shine on us forever.
The family will receive friends at Trinity United Church, 25 Bridge St E, Napanee on Saturday, December 29 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 1:30 p.m. Inurnment at Greenwood cemetery, Burlington at a later date. Donations by cheque to the L&A Hospital Foundation will be remembered with appreciation by the family.

Published in The Gazette on Dec. 24, 2012
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