Louis Franklin Claxton passed away on January 2, 2012 at the age of 84 at the Chilliwack Hospital. Lou was born on November 17, 1927 in Smith’s Falls, ON and is survived by his dear brother Neebour, nephews Lyle & Calvin Tingey and Daryl Claxton, and nieces Denis Claxton, Valorie Harmon & Sharon Gauthier. He also leaves to mourn his passing, step grandsons Steven & Douglas Horsfield.
In his time, Lou was a devoted son, protective brother, and a wonderful husband, uncle and grandfather. He was very proud of having served his country in WWII but under the uniform beat the heart of a poet. He wrote verses all his life and in those line the deep love he bore for e his mother, Hetty, rang out like a churchbell on a clear quiet morning.
Though Lou never had any children of his own, he and his wife, Violet, raised her son Ray Horsfield who, sadly predeceased Lou. Violet passed away in 1996 leaving a vast emptiness in Lou’s life. It was then that he found spiritual comfort in the Community of Christ Church. Over the years, Lou forged many stalwart friendships, but one in particular, Tom Beer, warrents mention. Whether it was trimming Lou’s much-loved plum tree or taking him to doctors appointments, Tom was always there, remaining Lou’s closest friend and spiritual advisor until the very end.
Lou was an enigma. He loved to tease and joke, but in times of great stress, he was the voice of reason. He could be gruff and ornery, but his touch as he nudged his cat outdoors for a walk about was a gentle as a mothers. Lou was a member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local #170, establishing many lifelong associations, including his good friend Don Rutledge. At Lou’s express instructions, no formal funeral service is to be held. He can’t however, forestall the tears that have fallen, nor stop the sharing of fond remembrances of all who knew and loved him.
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