In Memory of




Obituary for Clayton Lawrence Frotten

Clayton (Clay) Lawrence Frotten
March 10, 1947 – January 30, 2024 – Aged 76

Clay is survived by his loving wife, Valerie; brother, Michael (Doris); niece, Erin; numerous cousins and families in Eastern Canada; five brothers-in-law and extended families in the UK. He was predeceased by parents, Basile and Eleanor and numerous extended aunts, uncles, cousins and families.

Clay was born in Yarmouth, near Quinan, Nova Scotia; raised in Montreal, and in 1977, moved to Calgary. Within two months, Clay became an active member of the Canadian Progress Club, Calgary Downtown and including the Uncles at Large Program where he had two nephews. He later became the Board Chairman. He joined Toastmasters International and became an area Governor and Man of the Year. In the early 80’s, Clay became a volunteer with the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede on the Promotion Committee. Soon after he was a volunteer and a director of the Calgary Tourist and Convention Bureau and later became chairman of the Canada Day Festivities with the City of Calgary.

Clay married his true love, Valerie in 1984, at the age of 37. In the 80’s, Clay started working on the Calgary Olympic Organizing Committee as head of the Speakers Bureau and in December 1987 joined the Transportation Committee moving athletes as required. In 1986 Clay started a career when he opened his new business as a manufacturer’s agent in the food service equipment industry. In 1994, he became an active member of CFSEA. In 1992, Clay broke his ankle and took up his long-time hobby of making wine. In 1996 he joined the Masons and the Al Azhar Shriner’s Oriental Band (not bad for a musician who could only play the radio). His love of entertaining kids came to be when he was made the Oriental Band’s Genie. Helping and entertaining kids was always a priority in his life.

After hip surgery, his friends grew when he joined the YMCA Aquacise, and for over 10 years attended 3 weekly sessions. Had a few house parties, and formed the Y KNOTS (as in Y not Laugh, Y not Party, Y not Enjoy the friends, and the experience). Our family is the many friends over the years which were always our family.

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect.
It means you can look beyond the imperfections in life
And try to help others while you are at it.”

A heartfelt thanks to the palliative care team.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 1:00 pm at the Al Azhar Shrine Centre, 5225 – 101 Street NW Calgary.

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Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.