Gillard, Claude: Fishing, hunting, golfing and Evie

Claude Gillard passed away peacefully with his wife by his side in Long Term Care on Nov. 15 at the age of 93 years.

Claude went to school in the hamlet of Throne and married Evie Thacker on June 25, 1950 in Edmonton, Ab.

They started their small family with a son, Bryce who was born on Jan. 31, 1951.

During this time Claude was employed at Clarks Lumber doing carpentry work.

In April of 1951 the decision was made to move back to the family farm at Throne. Soon after the move their daughter Rondi was born at the Coronation Hospital on Aug. 15, 1952.

Once again Claude took up his carpentry skills and started working with Bullick Construction where he was employed from 1964 to 1984. From this job a long time friendship was built with Ted Bullick.

In 1984 the decision was made to move off the farm and into their new home in Coronation.
Claude and Evie enjoyed travelling which took them to the casinos at Jackpot. Another favourite hobby that allowed them to spend a great deal of time together and took them travelling was fishing.

Even though he was retired, if Evie was asked where Claude was she would say that he was at work. Which really meant that he had gone up to the Seniors Center to meet his friends Ted Bullick, Max Heidecker, Albert Untch, Fleury Nicoud and other seniors to have a daily game of pool.

For many years golfing was a daily ritual. Claude also spent many hours reading and never missing the 6 o’clock news.

Claude also had a love for the game of crib.  He passed this fondness on to his children, grandson and was just starting to teach the game to his great grandson. When the family would get together Evie would always ask “Are you going to get out the crib board?”

Every year come fall Claude would go deer hunting with Evie helping him as his ‘spotter’. In later years his son, Bryce and his wife Mona took on that role.

A week before his passing Mona shot her deer with the rifle that Claude had given her, which brought a smile to his face.

Another big part of Claude and Evie’s life was berry picking every fall.

Claude was predeceased by his father, Arthur in 1940, his mother, Matilda in 1970 and his only sibling Reg in 2005. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Evie of 65 years; his son Bryce and wife Mona daughter Rondi and husband Jack; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Respecting Claude’s wishes there will be no funeral service. Memorial donations may be made in Claude’s memory to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Heather Caseley of Coronation Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.578.2928 Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting our website at

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