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Obituary for Clayton Edward Paquette

Clayton Paquette
September 30, 1938 – 2022

Wow! What a man.
He is survived by many that he loved and who felt the same about him. Whether you are a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a colleague, knowing this makes his passing easier to accept.

He had a profound effect on those who knew him. He never let another person down. He fulfilled every obligation he ever undertook. His word was his bond, and everyone knew it. He made everyone feel welcome, especially in his home. The door was open to all.

Accomplishments and achievements, too many to mention. A community leader and advocate. Fiercely tough and loyal, that was Clayton. Never will you meet a man who more faithfully lived his values.

In his 83rd year if you can believe it! Many have heard him say he never expected to make it past 40. He treated every day as a gift and right until the end he demonstrated that by being with people, enjoying meals (and drinks!) and sharing a few laughs. His “can’t take it with you” approach resulted in many adventures, in his younger days he was always on the go with many friends and social circles. There were many road trips and world travels with his life partner (some say they were joined at the hip) and after retirement slowing down a little for time in his woodworking shop and beautiful garden with the waterfall and pond. Many happy hours were enjoyed.

Family meant everything to him, coming from a large family, he had strong family bonds. He had many friends and was a “people magnet”. Always saying “stop in sometime” which typically would lead to “stay for another”. All are encouraged to raise a glass in his memory.

He had a quiet dignity, respecting himself the way he respected others. As he faced his final days, his body ravaged with cancer, he occasionally lost his good humor. But he never had one moment of self-pity. The day before he passed when the hospice nurse asked him how he was doing, he gave the same answer he gave every day. I’m doing great!

He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Marion Paquette as well as children Steve Paquette (Cathie) and Sue Paquette (Danny Fasano) and two beloved grandchildren Marc Paquette and Veronica Paquette. And, how he loved his grandchildren. He will be missed by his surviving brother Hubert (Chuck) Paquette and sisters Wilda Myers (Dean) and Martha McLean (Donald).

Sincere thank you to the caring doctors and nurses at the Brockville General Hospital Palliative Care unit. In lieu of flowers, those who wish can donate to the Cancer Society or the Brockville General Hospital Palliative Care unit. A private immediate family ceremony will be held at Irvine Memorial Chapels & Cemetery, 2451 County Road 15, Maitland.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Maynard Recreation Centre, 10 Robert Rd, Maynard, Ontario from 1:00pm - 5:00 pm. Tributes will be held at 2:00 pm with an open mic to follow. CASUAL SUMMER ATTIRE PLEASE - (SOMETHING LIKE SHORTS AND FLIP FLOPS, JUST NOT A SUIT AND TIE).

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