Clare Glennis Offet, late of Weyburn, SK passed away January 17, 2021 at the age of 87 years.
He was predeceased by his son, Curtis Offet; parents, Carl & Gladys Offet; mother-in-law, Esther Ratcliffe; brothers-in-law, Vernon Solie and Donald Jacobson.
Clare will be sadly missed by his loving wife of over 64 years, Ida; son Craig (Charmaine); daughter, Suzanne (Rick Brown); daughter-in-law, Deena (Todd Volk); 10 grandchildren: Darcie, Janessa (Joel), Carson, Jessica, Rachel (Brett) Courtney, Callie (Rielly), Jensen, Cael and Tahlaya; his sister, Sharon Solie; sister-in-law, Marie Jacobson; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Clare was born on the family farm south of Beaubier. He attended schools at Beaubier and Norge and took his Grade 9 and 10 by correspondence.
He worked for farmers in the area and then moved to Weyburn to work. He was a taxi driver, a salesman, and then worked at Souris Valley Extended Care Hospital as an orderly. He started nursing lectures but after a year applied for and got the manager’s position at the hospital piggery.
He met the love of his life in grade school but didn’t date until years later. He married Ida Ratcliffe on September 5, 1956 and they honeymooned in the Black Hills. His passion was always in farming so when the opportunity arose, they quit their jobs in Weyburn, sold their house and purchased a farm south of Beaubier and began farming with his Dad. Later, they moved to the village of Lake Alma, than to an acreage south of Lake Alma and in 2001, retired to Weyburn.
Clare had a love of farming, fishing and hunting from a very young age. He collected guns for many years and loved to show them off and go shooting. He taught gun safety and led Junior Sportsman in 4H for several years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. His kids always got to miss school on opening day to go deer hunting. He went on many hunting and fishing trips over the years – some with family, some with friends. He served as Master of Ceremonies for many weddings, anniversaries, and other social events in Lake Alma and surrounding communities. He was a great public speaker with a wonderful sense of humor. In addition to farming, he drove school bus for over 30 years, ploughed snow, worked as a security guard and owned a few businesses over the years. He was community minded and was a founding member of the Elks Lodge #520 and was active in it until it was dissolved. He also curled for many years and in later years, enjoyed watching curling all winter and football games in the summer.
He loved to visit with anyone young or old and many have said their day was improved after having a visit with Clare. More than anything, he loved his family. We enjoyed many family vacations and outings. We always stopped for the night in the early afternoon and we always got a hotel with a pool so the kids could go swimming. He was especially proud to be a grandparent and always made each one feel special. His grandchildren spent many hours combing his hair and putting barrettes in while he sat drinking coffee. This was quite a feat since he always had a brush cut. In the later years, he always asked about their lives and genuinely loved hearing about what they had going on.
He was patient and kind and rarely showed anger. Even anger was short-lived. He was always a glass half full kinda guy and things could always be worse. His happy disposition continued in his later years, even after his Alzheimers/Dementia diagnosis. His caregivers would tell us he was the best patient; would do what was asked of him and was always kind and grateful. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date with interment held at St. John’s Cemetery, Beaubier, SK.
For family and friends so wishing, charitable donations in memory of Clare may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, #301 ~ 2550 12th Avenue, Regina, SK, S4P 3X1 or to House 6, Box 2003, Weyburn, SK, S4H 2Z9.
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