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RILEY: Clayton Lawrence “Farmer”

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On August 10, 2020 @ 6:28 PM In Obituary,Seaforth | 91 Comments

RILEY: Clayton Lawrence “Farmer”

Suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, August 9, 2020 of RR 2 Seaforth at the age of 67. Cherished husband and best friend of Dawn (Wood) Riley for over 46 years. Proud father of Stacey St. Denis, and Jamie Riley and Angela Hartin. Adored poppa of Nikolas, and Mason St. Denis and Jeylin, Westin, and Chanel Riley. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Shirley Langlois of Calgary, AB, David and Joan Riley of Kitchener, Harvey Riley of St. Thomas, Nancy and Douglas Bickell of Brampton, Steven and Stella Riley of Kitchener, and Ralph and Dianne Wood of Harpurhey.  Clayton will be missed by many nieces, nephews, and his dog Scanner. Predeceased by his parents Archie and Viola (Cardiff) Riley, sister-in-law Carol Riley, brother-in-law Randy Wood, and parents-in-law Chip and Anne Wood.

Clayton was a lifelong farmer, with a passion for his livestock and fields. He was a true “go big or go home” kind of guy. He was a gentle giant who loved life, a “walking heart on two legs”. Clayton will be greatly missed on the yearly moose hunting trips, always organizing everyone to ensure the tags and his hunting buddies were looked after and in order for the upcoming season. It was once said that Clayton could tell better stories than Walt Disney. Each time the story was told, it always got bigger and better. He never missed an opportunity for road side produce deliveries, or to help someone in need.

Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West, SEAFORTH on Thursday from 2–4 and 7–9 PM. Due to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, each person must RSVP with a time to attend the visitation. Please click “Register Now” below to register. Each person coming into the funeral home must wear a mask. A private family funeral service will be held on Friday, August 14th at 11 AM. Though the service is private, the family invites you to join them from the comfort of your home. Stream the service live by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh. Interment Clinton Cemetery.

Donations to Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters would be appreciated by the family.

Condolences for the family of “RILEY: Clayton Lawrence “Farmer””

Condolence from jordy speake on August 10th, 2020 6:56 PM

Jamie and family, please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your father. My heart goes out to you all in this very sad time, may your family, friends and God help you get through this very difficult time and help ease some of the pain you are enduring.

Condolence from Robert Sallows on August 10th, 2020 7:17 PM

R.I.P. old friend.I’ll remember our times in that old Hullett School House. Condolences to the family and your many friends.

Condolence from John Munro on August 10th, 2020 7:30 PM

Dear Dawn and families, Rose and I send our thoughts and prayers to you all. John

Condolence from Pauline Mero on August 10th, 2020 8:06 PM

Dawn and Family so sorry for your loss

Condolence from Nancy Anstett on August 10th, 2020 8:12 PM

Dawn, Jamie, Ang and Riley families. Doug and I send our condolences on the passing of Clayton. Cherish the great memories you shared. They will keep him close to your heart

Condolence from DARYL RAYMOND on August 10th, 2020 8:23 PM

Will miss his ground hog derbies good man and lots of fun sorry for your loss

Condolence from Tina Hurst on August 10th, 2020 8:32 PM

Strength to the entire Riley family. Thoughts are with you all.

Tina, Brady and Kennedy.

Condolence from Gayle Hoffman on August 10th, 2020 8:34 PM

So sorry for your loss.Sending hugs to everybody

Condolence from Tracy Lawson on August 10th, 2020 8:58 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss…..
Clayton was larger than life and someone you could never forget once you met him.
I will never forget Norman the Pig & those Groundhog Derby’s!! The most unforgettable personality I ever met!!
Rest Peacefully Clayton…..
Sending prayers & strength to Dawn, Jamie, Stacey and the whole Family.
May the wonderful memories you have help you at this difficult time..

Condolence from Ed and Glenda Becker on August 10th, 2020 9:03 PM

Our deepest condolences go out to Dawn and family.

Condolence from Allan & Christine mcwhinney on August 10th, 2020 9:30 PM

Clayter could always tell a good story. We often benefited from some of his roadside produce deliveries. He had a heart of gold and we will miss him dropping in for visits. You are all in our thoughts.

Condolence from John van Vliet on August 10th, 2020 10:07 PM

My deepest sympathies Dawn and your entire family. I could always count on a good laugh any time I saw you guys.

Condolence from Cathy and Kevan Broome on August 10th, 2020 10:22 PM

So very sorry to hear this sad news. Kevan and I send our deepest sympathies to all of you.

Condolence from Darren Stevenson on August 10th, 2020 10:31 PM

So sorry for your loss. Cherish his memory in your hearts.

Condolence from Larry & Beth Livingston on August 10th, 2020 10:31 PM

Dawn and Family deeply sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Thomas Fehr on August 10th, 2020 11:50 PM

Dawn and family sorry to hear the loss of Clayton he was a great friend of mine since i was very young Tom Fehr our condolence

Condolence from Agnes Marks on August 11th, 2020 4:10 AM

Sorry for your loss we will never get another Clayton in our family.

Condolence from Bruce and Heather Wilbee on August 11th, 2020 6:40 AM

We’ll miss him terribly so sorry guys.

Condolence from Bob & Wendy Patrick on August 11th, 2020 6:48 AM

R.I.P. Clayter..you will be truly missed. Our deepest sympathy to Dawn and the Riley families

Condolence from Kathy Hunking on August 11th, 2020 6:49 AM

So very sorry for your loss Dawn, Stacey, Jamie, Angela and your families.
Hang tight to the memories you have all shared. Clayton will live on within all of you.
Kathy (Doupe) Hunking

Condolence from Doug and Shirley Scarrow on August 11th, 2020 8:29 AM

So sorry for your loss…Clayton was a good man and will, be missed by many
Our heart goes out to you and your family at this time

Condolence from Carman Roesner on August 11th, 2020 8:32 AM

Very sorry to hear this sad news. My sincere condolences to Dawn and family.

Condolence from Butch & Cindy Fleet on August 11th, 2020 8:38 AM

Dawn, Jamie Ang & Stacey & family. Butch & I send our deepest condolences. Thinking of you all.

Condolence from Beck Wells on August 11th, 2020 8:46 AM

Clayter will be missed be many. What a man he was. Always enjoyed the stories….

Beck & Carri Wells

Condolence from Teresa Jones & Roy Fenwick on August 11th, 2020 8:52 AM

Dawn and family, please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Clayton. He will be missed by many, he was quiet the character, but a lovable character at that. Rest in paradise Clayton.

Condolence from Bill & Connie Devereaux & Family on August 11th, 2020 9:44 AM

Our deepest prayers and sympathy are with you and your family at this sad time.

Condolence from Ross Govier and family on August 11th, 2020 9:53 AM

Thinking of you all.

Condolence from Carman and Betty Riley on August 11th, 2020 9:53 AM

Carman And I are so sorry for your loss. He was quite the character and we both enjoyed his visits. Hugs to you all!

Condolence from Susan LeBeau on August 11th, 2020 9:57 AM

Our prayers are with your family at this sad time. Clayton held a special place in our grandchildren’s heart. Jim and Sue LeBeau

Condolence from Brian and Janet Keys on August 11th, 2020 10:07 AM

Dawn and family….our deepest condolences. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Condolence from Angela Postma Wilken on August 11th, 2020 10:51 AM

Dawn, Stacey, Jamie and your entire family, I’m so very sorry for your loss, Clayter was a one of a kind, the world has lost a good man and will be missed by many. Thinking of you all during this very sad time. Angela Postma Wilken

Condolence from Sharon Dalton on August 11th, 2020 10:55 AM

Dawn my sympathy to you and your family. Words fall short when trying to say how sorry I am, I am wishing you strength during this hard time . My thoughts are with all of you

Condolence from Linda on August 11th, 2020 11:18 AM

Dawn and family
Ralph and Dianne and family
Our condolences on Clayton’s passing.
He will be missed by many

Condolence from Carla & Zeke Nikitin on August 11th, 2020 11:39 AM

My dad and I are so sorry to hear of Clayton’s passing. We have many great memories with Clayton. Our thoughts are with you all during these extremely difficult time!

Condolence from Joyce Ribey on August 11th, 2020 11:56 AM

I wish to express my sincere sympathy to all of you at this very sad time.

Condolence from Piet and Rose on August 11th, 2020 12:37 PM

Taken too soon, so sorry for your loss Ralph and Dianne. You are in our thoughts strength to your families.

Condolence from Doug & Cheryl Riehl on August 11th, 2020 12:45 PM

Doug & I send heartfelt sympathies at this sad time. He was as big as life & one of a kind. Beautifully written obit describing him perfectly he’d be so pleased. May all those memories bring comfort during & for times ahead for through those one never really leaves us.

Condolence from Dwight and Tanya on August 11th, 2020 1:20 PM

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Clayter.

Condolence from Bernard and Heather Boyle on August 11th, 2020 1:46 PM

Dear Dawn and family, we will miss Clayton and you dropping into to pick up calves. Your visits were the highlight of our day, we could always depend on Clayton for a good story and a laugh not to mention his infamous produce deliveries. Think of you and your family

Condolence from Ann (Rivers) Preszcator on August 11th, 2020 2:48 PM

Dear Dawn and Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Condolence from Suzanne and Greg Brandon on August 11th, 2020 3:09 PM

So sorry to hear of Claytons passing.

Condolence from Jerry & Elda Riehl on August 11th, 2020 4:25 PM

Our. Condolence to you Dawn, and your family. Our thoughts an prayer are with you all.

Condolence from Dave Lang on August 11th, 2020 4:49 PM

Deepest sympathy to Dawn and family. He will be missed.

Condolence from Melvin and Bonnie Jewell on August 11th, 2020 5:55 PM

Dear Dawn, So sorry for your lose. We send you prayers.

Condolence from Louise Fowler on August 11th, 2020 5:59 PM

Dawn and family. Don and I are so sorry for your loss. It’s been a long time since we lived in Kinburn but some people you just don’t forget and Clayton was one of those people. We will remember him fondly. Right now you remember Clayton with sadness and tears but soon enough you will remember him with smiles and laughter. Our condolences to you and your family. RIP Clayton

Condolence from Michele Klein on August 11th, 2020 6:10 PM

Dear Dawn and Family: I loved Clayton’s nicknames he had for everybody. Also, he never knew the name of the road he was on. He had a special name for each place, but you had to know who lived on that road , even if it was 50 years ago. Never ask Clayton for directions.

Sincere condolences,
Tom’s Grama and Grampa’s kids.

Condolence from Murray hunking on August 11th, 2020 7:03 PM

To The Riley Family , I’m So Sorry To Hear Of Clayton’s Passing !! I Went To Hullett School With Him !! He Will Be Missed !! You Have My Condolences !!

Condolence from Marilyn McMahon on August 11th, 2020 7:26 PM

Clayter and I started grade one together at SS#1 Hullett. So many child hood memories hanging around at the Riley’s. He was a special kid. Wish I had seen him more In my later life…. my condolences. Marilyn (Holland) McMahon

Condolence from Jeff & Andrea on August 11th, 2020 7:34 PM

Dawn , Jamie and Family: Our Deepest condolences to you all at this time of loss and sadness.
Kinburn has lost a Great Man. Clayton gave so much of himself to his family , friends and the community. We will miss seeing his smiling face, jokes and making us always laugh. He was a great friend and neighbour, always there when i needed his help. God bless you all , you are in our prayers.

Condolence from Jane andrews on August 11th, 2020 8:00 PM

Dawn. So sorry for your loss. We will remember his crazy stories . He will be missed. .. From all of us at Andrews Sports. John ,Jane,Jason,Josh,Jamie.

Condolence from Ron and Kathy Ward on August 11th, 2020 8:14 PM

So sorry to hear about Clayton. Thinking about the entire family at this sad and difficult time. Hold onto all those memories.

Condolence from Bob & Marie Johnston on August 11th, 2020 8:26 PM

Sending our sincere sympathies to the Riley Family at this time.

Condolence from Len Jamieson on August 11th, 2020 8:58 PM

Dawn and family, Ralph and Diane, very sorry to hear of Clayton’s unexpected passing. Deb and I send our condolences and hope your memories are a comfort. I am remembering the chats and great stories when we were meeting up at the Baker farm a few years ago.

Condolence from Sylvia & Eugene on August 11th, 2020 9:03 PM

Dawn, Stacey, Jamie and the entire Riley family, Ralph & Dianne and the entire Wood family my heartfelt love to you all. Clayter was one of a kind I loved hearing his stories as said bigger and far better then Walt Disney. Cherish all your memories of him closely, hugs to you all.
You will be missed by many friends and family Clayton RIP.

Condolence from Gerry and Cheryl McLaughlin on August 12th, 2020 5:35 AM

Dawn, Jamie, Angela, Stacey and family..
Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Darren & Teressa Thomson on August 12th, 2020 6:38 AM

Dawn, Jamie , Angela and family our sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Clayton will be very much missed . Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers at this time .

Condolence from Sheila and Jim Thompson and family on August 12th, 2020 9:11 AM

Dawn and family.
Jim and I would like to send our condolences to you and the family. We will miss his drop in visits that always gave us some good chuckles. He always had a good story to tell.

Condolence from Jammie Strub on August 12th, 2020 9:19 AM

Dawn and family sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.

Jammie and Shelley Strub.

Condolence from Deb Nikitin on August 12th, 2020 9:35 AM

Dawn, Stacey, Jamie and families. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Clayton. He was a very special, one of a kind person. All of you are in my thoughts.

Condolence from Joanne Hickey on August 12th, 2020 10:33 AM

Dawn, Jamie & Ang, Ralph & Dianne and families

Our sincere sympathy to all during this difficult time. Thinking of you.

Cub Bettles & Joanne Hickey

Condolence from Stacey Greer on August 12th, 2020 1:04 PM

So many great memories of my teenage years spent with the Riley’s. I will always remember Clayton’s kindness and understanding . To Jamie,Dawn,Stacey and the rest of the family, I am truly sorry for your loss

Condolence from Anne Powell on August 12th, 2020 1:25 PM

Dawn and Family.

Sending my condolences for your loss of a good man and a kind neighbor. He will be fondly remembered with smiles

and laughter by all. I am thinking of you during these sad days knowing that peace and joy will again come to you.

Condolence from Marj Dobson on August 12th, 2020 1:39 PM

Dawn and family. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you all at this difficult time.
Marj Dobson

Condolence from Cathy Goetz & Brian White on August 12th, 2020 3:39 PM

Jeylin, Weston and Chanelle; I know you will miss your Grandpa greatly. Jamie and Angela and the rest of the extended family, I wish for you a lifetime of sharing your memories. The stories must live. Brian knew of grandpa through hunting and of course myself from my years at Hullett. Weston we enjoyed working with you at the Trappers Convention last year.!keep your drive for “the hunt”, grandpa will always be watching.

Condolence from Clarence and Else Dale on August 12th, 2020 3:46 PM

Dawn , so sorry to hear about Clayton. He will be missed by many of us. Our thoughts are with you and the family. Hugs for all !

Condolence from Erin Mitchell on August 12th, 2020 4:41 PM

My condolences to the Riley family.
I have fond memories of Clayton and Dawn during my teenage adventures hanging out at the Stricklers.

Condolence from Karen Campbell Taylor on August 12th, 2020 5:31 PM

Our condolences to your family. If ‘wheeling and dealing’ happens in Heaven, I’m sure Dad will be showing him the ropes. Thinking of you.

Condolence from brenda gale crosby on August 12th, 2020 7:08 PM

dawn i am so sorry too here about clayton

Condolence from Paul and Cathy Hulley on August 13th, 2020 8:14 AM

Our Deepest Sympathies to Dawn and Families. Cherish your many memories.

Condolence from Pat and Heather DeJong on August 13th, 2020 10:29 AM

To the Riley and Wood families, please accept our deepest sympathy as you mourn the loss of your loved one. Clayter was definitely larger than life and will be missed by many. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Ruth and Steve Hildebrand and Family on August 13th, 2020 12:03 PM

Dawn, Stacey Jamie and families, Ralph & Dianne and families,
Our warmest thoughts are with all of you at this sad time.
Clayton will be missed.

Condolence from Joan E Whyte on August 13th, 2020 1:11 PM

Our sincere condolences to the Riley Family on the death of Clayton. Cherish the memories.
Nick and Joan Whyte

Condolence from Marg and Bob Lanteigne on August 13th, 2020 5:14 PM

We send our heartfelt condolences to the Riley family.

Condolence from Ted Redpath on August 13th, 2020 8:49 PM

We had some good times moose hunting
Always a lot of fun. I remember bringing deer home from manitoulin island in the wheel well of my van that mr Riley shot. will miss his stories.
Ted Redpath

Condolence from John and MaryLou Driscoll on August 13th, 2020 9:19 PM

Dear Dawn and family
Our heartfelt condolences to you at this time. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
John and MaryLou Driscoll

Condolence from Nancy on August 13th, 2020 9:35 PM

My heart goes out to you Dawn terrible thing hang in there my girl

Condolence from Carmen and Mary Ann Drost on August 13th, 2020 11:58 PM

Dawn, Stacey, Jamie, Ang and families. Our hearts are sad with Claytons passing. We’ve been neighbours forever. When we had the farm he always lent a helping hand. If help was needed to deliver a stubborn lamb or help with a ewe who had a difficult birth, an extra hand for haying… Clayton would always come. We will miss him dropping by for a drink and a visit. We always learned something and loved to hear his amazing stories. He had a big kind heart. He loved his animals and being a FARMER! He was so proud of his family and loved to talk about all of his Grandchildren. Our sincere condolences to all of you with the sudden loss of your Husband, Dad and Poppa. You are all in our thoughts. Clayton will be missed by many.

Condolence from Kathy Dale on August 14th, 2020 2:34 AM

My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Condolence from Darlene McCowan on August 14th, 2020 7:35 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Clayton’s family and friends during this difficult time. Clayton was always so kind and never failed to bring smiles and laughter along with him. We have many wonderful memories of Clayton over the years. He will truly be missed.

Condolence from SCOTT AUSTIN on August 14th, 2020 8:03 AM

Dawn, Jamie and Family,

The Friends of Hullett would like to express our sympathy for your sudden loss. As neighbours on the big farm Clayton ‘always brought a smile to us with his funny stories!

Scott Austin

Condolence from SHIRLEY LANGLOIS on August 14th, 2020 1:43 PM

My best memory of my brother: I bought my 1st house. Clayton filled my freezer with chicken so I wouldn’t have to spend a lot of money for food ! Thank You!!

Condolence from Wayne and Dayle McFadden on August 14th, 2020 4:41 PM

Our thought are with you and family. So sorry fo your loss

Condolence from Barbara Phillip on August 14th, 2020 6:08 PM

I will always remember his love for his family, his work ethic around the homestead, his kindness to animals and the many neighbour’s that resided in the town. Im glad to have had the opportunity to have met him and from all of the Phillip family to all of the Riley family, our deepest and heartfelt condolences.

Condolence from Ken Riley cousin on August 15th, 2020 9:06 AM

Ken and Liz Riley of Strathroy On. So sorry for the loss of Clayton and the families sorrow,

Condolence from Danny and Kathy Pretto on August 15th, 2020 3:48 PM

Sorry for your loss…your all in our prayers….Danny, Kathy, Shane and Brandon Pretto ( The Trappers

Condolence from Patti James on August 16th, 2020 2:39 PM

Sincere condolences to Clayton’s family and friends upon his passing. Many years of fond memories of Clayton and the boys while at hunt camp here in Atikokan!
Big hugs from the family of Moose and Lorraine from Morris’ Camp.
Patti-Ann and the kids (Jennifer, Meaghan and Christopher)

Condolence from Anita & Earl Johnston on August 18th, 2020 5:03 PM

Dawn, Jamie, Angela and family. Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Jim & Marian Finlayson on August 19th, 2020 8:44 AM

Dawn, Jamie, Stacey and family
Ralph & Dianne and family
Our deepest sympathy to you all. So sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Dave McCormick on August 20th, 2020 8:32 PM

So very sorry to hear of Clayton’s passing. My condolences to the family. I will miss having him at the produce auctions in Lucknow.

Condolence from Bo Johnson on August 22nd, 2020 7:57 PM

I remember going through public school with Clayter. I was often at the Riley house playing out in the fields with him. He was always lots of fun and very innovative. Clayton never missed an opportunity to make some money. I remember having a cucumber patch to sell to Bick’s pickles in Dublin. One morning I got up and Clayton had already picked all my cucumbers and was taking them to Bick’s himself. He laughed and laughed. Said I needed to get up earlier to catch the worm. What a guy.
So sorry Dawn and family for your loss. He’ll be missed for sure.

Condolence from Pat Rowland on October 19th, 2020 7:26 PM

Dawn, my heartfelt condolences! I just found out about Clayton yesterday (October 18) out here in Edmonton. I built silos summer of 1977 with Clayton, Dan Cronin and Mike Parsons. I have never laughed so much at any job as I did that summer! Clayton was a great fella to work with and a hell of a hard worker. Wish I had run into him in the past years! Take care Dawn.

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