Joseph CLAYDEN

CLAYDEN, Joseph. 1913 – 2013. Joe succumbed after a very short battle with cancer and just 6 weeks before his 100th birthday. He was predeceased by his childhood sweetheart, Kathleen, in 2004 and he leaves behind his son, Peter and his daughter-in-law Elaine; two grandsons Cam and his wife Vanessa with their two children Josie and Daylen and his younger grandson Matt. Born in Essex, England his studies to become a chartered accountant were interrupted by WWII. He enlisted in the Royal Navy and spent all of the war years divided between armed trawlers on the North Atlantic convoys including Iceland and Russia and on mine sweepers who were required on a daily basis to keep the shipping lanes around England free of mines. Shortly after the war and once he had obtained his accountancy designation he signed up for overseas service and moved with his family initially to Dar-es-salaam, Tanganyika and finally Nairobi, Kenya where he was a special advisor to Kenyatta and Mboya prior to the move to independence for Kenya. From there he emigrated to Canada in 1964, joining the Ontario government, retiring as the director of the Gasoline and Tobacco branch of the treasury. In 1987 he and Kathleen moved out west to the Crescent Beach area to enjoy retirement and be close to their family. Joe was a great golfer wherever his travels took him, continuing to play well in to his 90’s and having had the pleasure of shooting his age on quite a few occasions. The family would like to thank Roger Turner and Harmony Health for all the wonderful at home support they provided, and in particular, Thea Wall, that allowed him to stay at home up until the last few hours. Joe was a wonderful friend to many and a caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The family has requested a private funeral service for only family members; his ashes will be later buried alongside Kathleen and other close family members in Essex. In lieu of flowers contribute to a charity of your choice. Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 604-536-6522


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