October 30, 1940 – September 29, 2020. At almost the age of 80, Claude passed away at home on September 29, 2020. Claude was born in West Pennant to his loving parents, Lillian Irene and Joseph Carlton Gray.
Claude will always be remembered as the “man behind the counter” at Brenton Gray’s Boatyard where he worked for 52 years. His great sense of humour was appreciated by everyone who ever worked with him, especially his nephew, Joe, with whom he shared a special bond. In his earlier years, Claude worked on an oil rig up north for a short time and also went swordfishing. He loved to hunt and fish with his friends and family. He was a loving husband and father who took great care of his family and was always there for guidance. He was quite a handyman and took pride in fixing things for his friends and family. Claude, you are deeply loved and will be forever missed.
Claude leaves behind to mourn his wife of 55 years, Linda (Gilkie); children, Claude Jr. “Billy”; Heather; grandchildren Morgan, Haley, Madison and Connor; sisters, Margaret and Shirley; sister-in-law, Patsy; one niece and many nephews and his best friend Wayne. Claude was predeceased by brother, Melvin; sister, Madeline; and brothers-in-law, Harold Miller, Don McGrath and Brenton Gray.
Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. In keeping with Claude’s wishes, there will no visitation or funeral. There will be a small gathering at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Claude may be made to St. James United Church in Sambro.