HARPELL, Wilbert Clayton
Age 87 of Halifax, formerly of Port Bickerton. It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of their dear husband, father, grandfather and brother in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. On December 21, 2019, Clayton was peacefully ushered into eternity to be with his personal Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Born on March 9, 1932 in Fisherman’s Harbour, he grew up in Port Bickerton. Clayton began his career as a fisherman and in particular enjoyed his time swordfishing. His desire to achieve his personal goals led him to further his education followed by a rewarding career as Captain with the Canadian Coast Guard Search & Rescue (Port Bickerton), a role he undertook with great pride, retiring after 27 years of service. His career, while an important aspect of his life, was secondary to his role as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He had an unshakeable faith and shared his love of God through words and everyday actions. He served in several organizations, was a member of Stoneridge Fellowship Baptist Church and was our family’s voice of reason, advisor and role model. A great storyteller, Clayton shared many aspects of his life with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, much to their entertainment and delight. Besides his wife of 67 years, Mickey (Fenton) Harpell, whom he loved dearly, Clayton is survived by his children, Donna (John Hogg), Glen (Bev Kaiser), Brad (Sharon Martin) and Janet (Tim Zinck); grandchildren, Kimberley Hogg, Krista Hogg, Kelli (Hogg) Barclay, Amanda (Harpell) Payzant, Matthew Harpell, Justin Zinck, Candice (Zinck) Rempel; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as brothers, Doug, Jerry, Asa, Charlie, Isaac, John; sisters, Hilda Sherman, Florence Baker, Marjorie Yake, Carol Whitmore, Wanetta Evans, Sandra Archibald, Barbara Croft, Judy MacDonald, Cindy MacGrath; as well as many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Clayton was predeceased by his father, Asa; mother, Rhoda (Horton); daughters, Charlene and Annette; brother, Stan; and a number of brothers and sisters in-law. The family would like to offer a special thank you to the many health care professionals at the QEII Dialysis Unit for the compassion and care they provided over the past eight years as well as his family physician Dr. Raj Bhanot who provided exceptional care during Clayton’s health journey. A special thank you to Sue and TJ’s Van & Carpool Services Inc. who provided Clayton with such caring and reliable transportation to dialysis treatments each week. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to be announced on T.J. Tracey website. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, Halifax. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.tjtracey.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.