Philip Henry Clay
Philip Henry Clay (Jiggs), 96, passed away peacefully in his Long Beach home on December 14, 2013. Jiggs was born in Long Beach (then called Zaferia) to George J. Clay and Maude A. Clay on February 9, 1917. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 70 years, Helen Mary Clay. He was the fifth of seven children and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and studied art at Long Beach City College. After college he owned and operated a Union 76 service station. During WWII, he worked at the Naval Shipyards as a machinist. After the War, he took over the Butcher Shop in the family grocery store, "Clay's Market", until its closure in the late 1960s. Up until his retirement in the early 1980s he managed the meat departments at Alamitos Bay Market and Ray and Roy's Market. Jiggs was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed traveling, gardening, playing piano and painting. He will be missed by his family and friends for his sense of humor and his warm and easy going personality. He was a member of the Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club and also logged many hours delivering "Meals on Wheels". He is survived by his six children: Julie Layne, Kathy Clay, Mary Wiest, John Clay, Tom Clay and Theresa King; sixteen grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be held this Friday, December 20th , 10:00AM at St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E. Wardlow Road., Long Beach, immediately followed by burial at All Souls Cemetery, 4400 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2013