After successfully completing his elementary schooling in the local system, he attended Spiers School in Beith for his academic conclusion. He won the Houston Prize for Art in his senior years and consequently attended the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1953 after five wonderfully happy years.
He emigrated to Winnipeg that same summer and found temporary work with the Winnipeg Tribune. Following that, Claud moved to Rossland BC in 1955 and began a 36 year teaching career in the Trail School District.
In 1987 Claud married Lynn Buchanan of Fruitvale BC and together they travelled extensively, arriving in Qualicum Beach in December 1989 to take up residence on their “own special island”. Here Claud enjoyed life among friends and not too far from his two stepsons Trevor (Naomi) and Kevin (Brendalee) and his five grandchildren : Rylee, Duncan, Grace, Catherine and Ian. As technology developed, Claud enjoyed frequent video chats with his brother, Ian (Betty) in Scotland.
Claud’s passions were people, golf and music. He was proud to have been a founding member and major contributor to the Village Voices of Qualicum Beach. He enjoyed singing with the St. Stephens Senior Choir every Sunday. During the years 1993-95, he was honoured to serve as captain of the Qualicum Memorial Men’s Golf Club.
People and their stories were endlessly fascinating to Claud. He interviewed and wrote articles about local personalities in all walks of life and these were printed in several local publications from 1994 to 2009. His published coffee table book “100 years of Golf in Qualicum Beach” which he accomplished with the help of Wendy Shaw, was the climax to a local writing career that included a paperback entitled “The People I Meet in Qualicum Beach.”
Claud loved to entertain and he immensely enjoyed his last party with family on Sunday, September 8 while in Palliative Care at NRGH. Special thanks to the staff and volunteers there as well as to all his helpers from Sue’s Seniors in the last few years.
A celebration of Claud’s life will take place at St. Stephens United Church, 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach on Saturday October 12 at 2 pm.
Memorial tributes may be made to the charity of choice or to the Palliative Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional Hospital.
Condolences can be forwarded through First Memorial at www.mem.com.
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