COMPTON, Ellis Gallinger
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The family of Ellis Gallinger Compton is saddened to announce his passing on June 18, 2013 in Moose Jaw, SK. He was the fourth of eleven children of Monte and Mildred Compton, born on September 17, 1925 in Darmody, SK. His childhood and school years were spent in Moose Jaw before joining the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. He spent over two years on the H.M.C.S. Gaspe which was a mine sweeper in the North Atlantic. Before going off to war at age 17 he met Joyce Stebbins who would become his wife in 1946, within weeks of completing his wartime obligations. Following his discharge he and a partner started up a taxi company which they ran for three years. After that it was three years as a grain buyer for PH & H and trying his hand at farming during the balance of the 50's. In 1959 he began selling cars, which would become a lifetime involvement for him, his children, and now his grandchildren. In 1970 he had the opportunity to move to Assiniboia, SK and purchase the GM dealership which would become Compton Chev-Olds Ltd. It was his pride and joy and he enjoyed going to work every day. Almost 25 years of living in Assiniboia resulted in the best years of their lives. He was involved in many organizations, including a term as President of the Assiniboia Rotary Club, General Motors Dealer Council, Saskatchewan Auto Dealers Association, as well as several sports organizations. In 1994 they moved to Regina for their retirement years. The love of farming never left him as he operated a small hobby farm in Assiniboia, and his yards were always full of lots of flowers and tomato plants. A very private man who didn't enjoy crowds (other than Rider games and the odd trip to Toronto to watch the Blue Jays) he was always most content being at home, especially in the summer watching the Blue Jays games. Ellis is predeceased by his parents, three brothers and one sister. He leaves to mourn his wife of 67 years Joyce, his sons Clarke (Sandra), Gary (Sharon) and Keith (Barb), grandchildren Casey, Curt (Shannon), Craig (Erin), Kyla, Brad, Shane, Colleen and Kyle, and great-grandchildren Catherine and Ella. In lieu of flowers, donations made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, 279 - 3rd Ave N, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2H8 or The Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre St, Regina, SK, S4P 2R3, would be appreciated. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Parkview Funeral Chapel, 474 Hochelaga St West, Moose Jaw. Blair & Kelly Scott, Funeral Directors. (306) 694-5500. Please sign our online book of condolences at
Published in The The Star Phoenix on June 20, 2013