HARPELL, Wil­bert Clay­ton

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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