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Clayton Harley Cole

Jun 21, 1955 - Feb 23, 2021

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Clayton Harley Cole

1955 - 2021

With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Clayton Cole at the age of 65 years, on February 23rd ,2021.

Clayton was born in Bentley, Alberta on June 21, 1955 and raised on a farm near Rimbey where he learned all about feeding and raising cattle, slopping pigs, riding horses, driving tractor and harvesting. From a tender age, he was always watching his dad auctioneering and practicing his own skills.

In 1966 the auction mart in Rocky Mountain House was built and soon up and running – Clayton always wanted to go and would start begging on Friday night to go to the auction mart for Saturday morning.

In 1969 the family moved to Rocky where Clayton never wanted to go to school, just wanted to become an auctioneer. Clayton’s wish was finally granted when his dad enrolled him and his brother Wes and great friend David Cadrain into auctioneer school in Billings, Montana in 1976. Clayton was so excited to come home with his auctioneer’s license and start auctioneering “legally” with his dad at the auction mart and at farm sales.

In 1981 he married the love of his life Cal-Linda (Sue) Calvert and together they raised two daughters, Crystal and Camilla.

After the auction mart closed in 2004, Clayton started his own business at Cole’s Sale Site located on his property South of Rocky Mountain House in 2005. Clayton continued regular Saturday sales and held many successful farm sales.

Clayton donated many hours volunteering his time auctioneering for numerous benefits, fundraisers, and charities.

He was such a hard worker and always on the go. It didn’t matter what town you were in, if Clayton’s name was mentioned there was always a story to be told. Clayton left a mark on many people’s lives.

Clayton will be lovingly remembered by his wife Cal-Linda, his daughters: Crystal (Shawn)Tuck, Camilla (Dustin)OpdenDries; five grandchildren – Tacie, Austynn, Nixon, Kixton, Maysa who kept him very busy, he also will be sadly missed by his mother Gladys Cole, sister Georgina Sadek, brother Wes, sister Tami (Deryk) Phillips. Clayton’s father and mother-in-law: Laurie and Calvin Calvert, his sisters-in-law Marcinda (Eddie)Anderson, Leeann (Tim)Luoma and numerous nieces and nephews.

Clayton was predeceased by his father Russell Cole in 2006 and brother-in-law Cody Calvert in 2016.

Living is a temporary state, but loving is forever. RIP Cowboy until we meet again.

Due to Covid there will be no service at this time.

Memorial donations in memory of Clayton may be made to STARS.

Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626

Condolences

Bruce Andersen :

Rest in peace Clayton till we meet again. You’re a good neighbour to have always willing to help out my condolences to the Cole family.

Brent MCMEEKIN :

My condolences to sue and the family,Clayton did so much for the community, I’ll miss him telling me to stop being so cheap and bid ,rip one of the best

Linda and Dale Howes :

Condolences and prayers for the family. He will be missed and remembered fondly.

Marjorie & Harvey Jensen. Myrnam, AB:

So sorry to hear the passing of Clayton. Our hearts go out to the entire family! He was a great auctioneer!

Val Rasmussen :

My condolences to the entire Cole family. Clayton will always be alive in in your hearts and memories.

Phyllis & Steve Molnar:

Our sympathy.
We sincerely will miss Clayton.
The auctioneering world will never be the
same.

Angela Lagace and family:

Clayton was an amazing person. Always had the time of day to wave, stop and shoot the BS, or just a nod of the head. I grew up watching him auctioneer in Rocky when my dad would take us to the most popular spot on a cool Saturday morning. And I kept that tradition going as I took my boys to Coles Auction site at his new location. Thank you for all you did for our community, and the surrounding areas. You will truly be missed by all. Heaven gained a true Angel! Sue and family, he will be with you all forever in his stories.

Anna Bertagnolli:

Very sorry to the Cole family...Clayton was a true treasure of Rocky Mountain House and will be terribly missed by everyone who was fortunate to be blessed by his huge presence and kindly words. Now it is time for the angels to enjoy him and wow, they are in for a wild ride! Don’t go in peace Clayton, but tell your stories loud and clear and let them know “The Auctioneer” is in town and they better get their bidding hands up!

Ena Hammer:

Dear Sue and family, also Gladys. So very sorry to hear of Clayton’s passing. He was such a fun guy and really enjoyed going out to the auction market and also 4-H days. Hoss and l had many great visits with Clayton. He will be missed. Our sincerest condolences to you all. A special hug for Gladys.
Ena and Hoss Hammer.

Seaborn Family:

What an absolute shock to the community, Clayton played such a big role in so many ways, he will be missed. Most sincere condolences to Sue, the girls and families.

Dale & Terrie Speight:

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Clayton, Please accept our most sincere condolences. Clayton’s loss will be felt by the entire community. Rest In Peace Clayton

Robert & Debora Martens, Doris & Ralph Rosdal:

Our greatest condolences to Cal-Linda, Chrystal, Cam, Tammy, Georgiana, Wes, Gladys, grandkids, and the rest of the family. Our family sympathizes greatly for you.
Clayton was a part of our families lives growing up, gymkhana, calf roping, and selling our cattle.
Later in years which included most of the Cole's family, we had the RAL-DOR Concession which followed Cole's Auction Farm Sales, Saturday Auctions, and Wednesday Horse Sales.
We felt like a part of Cole's family. We even played for their Christmas Party's.
Personally, it will be hard not to hear Clayton say, "Debbie dear, what are you buying today!" or "Here is my good friend Debbie dear." Or even not seeing all of the family and workers together at the Auction.
We are proud to have known him.
God bless you.
Wishing you all the best,
Deb

Everett & Elaine Gusek:

Condolences are sent to the whole family. Clayton always new who you were and greeted you in such a friendly manner. Always a smile or a witty comment. He will be greatly missed. RIP Clayton.

Murray M Fuhrer:

My amazing friend and all-time favourite client at the radio station. I will miss you calling me, "Young fella!" I'll never forget you, Clay. Much sympathy to your family.

Karen Virag :

Condolences to all Clayton's family and friends, he was an icon in our community and will be missed tremendously

The Mah Family at Wei's Western Wear:

Sending our deepest sympathies to Sue and the entire Cole clan. Clayton will be missed in so many ways. His bursting laughter, his kind heart, his loyal friendship and his trademark raspy voice will be fondly remembered. He had such a great memory of people in his life, all his experiences and was never short of a story to share. He was knowledgeable in so many areas and was connected in so many friendships. We feel blessed knowing him. He was one-of-a-kind and will be dearly missed. Our heartfelt condolences.
RIP Clayton.

The Mah Family

Jay Newsham:

Glady, Georgina, Wes, Tami, Crystal, Cam, Clinton & Ray - my condolences & sympathy. Was a great influence on all & will be missed.

Van Poucette and family:

Condolences and prayers to all family. Thank you for auctions you have put on we’ve been treated with great respect from Clayton the times we’ve been there.
May Creator be with those who are left to mourn.We will miss your laughter n voice echo throughout the Rocky Mountain valley ,we have precious memories and Creator has you in his heavenly home above. Rest In Peace

Roman & Irena Kneblewski :

With heavy heart we learned about Clayton’s passing we are fortunate to call Clayton and his family a friends , at this time of sorrow we wish to extend our best wishes to Cal-Linda and family , Clayton will always be in our memories and prayers

Connie Kerik Holloway:

Our condolences to all of the family and families related to Clayton.
Very Sorry For Your Loss

Craig & Linda Houle:

Clayton always had a smile and such a great sense of humor. He always had a story to tell and made you feel like what you had to say was important. We will miss him. Our condolences to his family.

Doug Pockrant:

Sorry for your loss. Prayers to family.

Connie Wickins :

Saturday at the auction was a highlight growing up for myself and so many in the community. A weekly tradition really. It is said by looking back can you trip over the future . So I pause to reminisce. I hear the sounds of the auction sale, the smell of the auction mart burgers , and my first pay check (from selling my first litter of pigs). This all brings a smile to my face. Thank you to Clayton and the family for the great memories. So sorry for your loss.

Tim & Jeannette Plante:

Clayton will be so much missed by his family and the whole community. What a huge loss we will feel together. Please reach out if there's anything anyone can do. Any of my interactions at the auction market were good. He was so kind fair to everyone.

The Ken Martin Family: daughers Jeannie and Marilyn:

Our sincerest condolences to the Cole families. Our thoughts are with you; may you find peace in the very many good memories of such a great person.

Dianne Stevenson:

My heart goes out to the family. He will be fondly remember. Any time I think of Clayton it is the joy in his heart and his love for life that I remember most. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. Hold on to the good times for there were many.

Ronald & Tatyana Stewart:

Sorry to hear Clayton's passing, thoughts and prayers go out to the Cole Family, he will always be remembered by the Stewart Family, Clayton was a great auctioneer & Family man, loved always going to his sales, he'd put a smile & make a person laugh, and love hearing his stories, we enjoyed talking with Clayton every time that we could, thoughts and prayers from us the Stewart Family,

Jon and Linda Yarwood:

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Clayton was a great man full of the best stories always. He will be sadly missed by one and all. His contributions to the town and community was always amazing. His time was priceless. Sorry again.

Christa & Gavin Trimble:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this most difficult time. Clayton was a great family man and was very dedicated to our community. He will be very much missed.

Lesley Roberton & John Sharpe:

We are so sorry to hear about Clayton's passing. Our condolences to all of his family.

Tom & Rena Stewart:

Our Deepest condolences to all the family's, An incredible man there is so much to say about him and so little paper to write it on. As many have already stated such a giving individual to so many people and communities and youth groups.
Will miss seeing his smile it always lit up the space or room he was in. Clayton always took the time to ask how you were and I always enjoyed listening to his "Colorfully Descriptive Political Views"
Rest in Peace .

Gary + Melody Bagstad:

We’ll miss the stories and laughs we had. Our prayers are with Sue , girls and families

Barb Schneider:

So very very sorry for your loss. Clayton was always able to stop an talk with you , he made everyone feel like a friend . My dad (Frank Schneider) coached him in hockey in the early years. Rest In Peace Clayton , you will be missed deeply .

Cody and Stacy MacLean:

So sorry for the loss of such an influence on my life from the time I was about 14 years old and we started coming up for the Wednesday night horse sales at Rocky. Clayton will be missed by so many of us that were fortunate enough to know him and call him a friend. We are forever grateful to him for his auction business advise and the opportunity he gave me. I look forward to the day we meet again. Or deepest condolences to the whole family. May he RIP

Dawn & Donn Mason/Meryl & Ernest Campbell:

Sending our sincere condolences at this especially difficult time. Such an immense loss for the family and the community; Clayton was a very stand up guy who supported so many events for the benefit of others. We will remember fondly of all our experiences with him throughout the years...

Jaylisa MacEwen:

My deepest condolences to the Cole family. Clayton will be missed by so many, he was such a nice man with awesome stories and always knew how to put a smile on your face. May you RIP

Debbie Scott:

So sorry for the loss of a cowboy ! May the creator watch over you and know you are pain free and in the wings of angels, you will always be with your loved ones and friends here , know you will never be for gotten!
May the creator watch over the family and keep you safe and your hearts strong ! God bless

Erika Wymenga:

My condolences to the family. Clayton and the auction will be truly missed.

Leskosek & North Family:

So very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man, always ready with a great smile to share. Our thoughts and prayers with you all,

Les Fodor :

Condolences to the Cole family. I met Clayton in the late 70s. Always had a good laugh whenever we crossed paths. Rest in peace Clayton.

Darcy & Tammy Hollingsworth:

Sincere condolences to the entire family. Always enjoyed visiting or just listening to Clayton. May your memories and many stories help you at this difficult time

Heather Irvine :

Condolences to the Cole family. The world is a much sadder place now without Clayton. He was a great horseman, a herdsman with a keen eye, a great auctioneer, a guy who would always be the first to help anyone, at any time. A huge smile and an even bigger laugh, he always had time for you, whether it was a quick visit or a round of drinks.
His memory will live on with the multitude of stories and how he touched so many people’s lives.
RIP Clayton

Kim Schaaf (Morison):

My heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time. Clayton and the entire Cole clan has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. Clayton was always the auctioneer for the April bull sale for Eionmor Stock Farms - I remember running up and down the stands as a wee one. He was the auctioneer for many of my 4-H shows and he continued with the sale of our family's cattle at the farm long after the auction mart was sold. My parents - Robert and Pearl - adored you all and you were always there for us, even after they both passed. I will always remember Clayton's booming voice, his infectious laugh and big grin. Although I now live far away, you continue to be in my thoughts. When times get hard, just know that he had a lasting impact on so many of us.

Cindy Loney:

Sue.....My deepest condolences to you and your entire family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Wayne MacLean:

So sorry to hear of your loss, My sincere condolences

Rebecca Thompson (Kirby), Wes Thompson:

Our heart felt condolences to all the Cole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Patrick and Patricia Alexander:

A very sad time indeed. Our condolences go out to all the Cole family. Clayton always had a big smile on his face as he made time to chat to anyone and everyone. He will be greatly missed by many.

Sheryl,Bill and Blayde Melaney:

Our deepest condolences to Cal Linda , Crystal ,Kam and families. Clayton will be missed deeply by many ... we will miss his big personality , his famous distinguished raspy voice and his friendly visits over all the years.
May you find comfort in knowing that he lived life to its fullest with no regrets and was so proud of his family . Memories are in your hearts forever. Clayton will always be a part of Rocky’s history - RIP Clayton
Hugs to you all...

Ken and Virginia Morison ...Eionmor Stock Farm:

Sending our sincere condolences to Sue and the family. We’ve had the pleasure of using Coles Auction service since the mid seventies. Clayton became a true friend to the Morison family promoting and conducting our sale for many years. Even after retirement, our friendship remained. Rest well old friend....

Tasia Rodgers:

Condolences to the Cole family from the Leskosek and North families.

Brenda Tait (Wilson):

My condolences to the family. Coles Auction was always a Saturday trip to town with my dad. Clayton will be missed.

Robert Watson:

My condolences to the family He was a great dad an loved every thing he did I remmber goin to some of coles sales an injoyed the very tasty burgers an the pie always put on great sales..He will be missed by all.

Rod and Tracy Scott:

Clayton was a good friend who we shared lots of great memories with. This is such a great loss to the community as well. Much love and thoughts with Sue and family.

Milton & Patti Elliot:

Sincere condolences to Sue and family.
Clayton and family were great community builders and he will be missed greatly. He was always available to help in any way.

Kelvin Braconnier (Victor Braconnier's son):

Soo sorry to hear this , we first met at many a Cole auction ! I have always thought of you guys and tried making to an auction but failed to do so . Deepest condolences to the Cole families.

byers family:

so very sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Darlene and Reg:

So very sorry for your loss, we r thinking of u.

judy and john kerr:

our condolences to the cole family we always had a good time with clayton at every auction that we went to great fellow will be missed rip

Dwight & Elana Hollingsworth :

So sorry to the whole family for your loss. What a great man he was. Always had time to stop and bullshit with you no matter where you seen him. You always had that smile on your face every time I talked with you. I don’t believe there’s a church or community centre big enough for this celebration of life if you could have one. Your going to missed cowboy. See ya on the other side.

Orran & Cindy Cunningham:

Our deepest condolences on the loss of a great man and fantastic story teller. Clayton will be greatly missed.

Wendy and Ron Killick:

Sorry for the loss of a true ambassador for our area .What you and your family have given to this community is immeasurable .RIP Clayton . To the family ,stay strong and thanks for sharing Clayton.

Janette & Lance Strom:

Our sincere condolences to the family.
Clayton will be dearly missed by so many.
If Clayton knew you he always made you feel like you were a dear friend. So many laughs at Wagon Auctions.

Wayne von Hollen:

I’m so sorry to hear of Claytons passing away, his smile and ability to take a moment for a handshake and a little conversation will definitely be missed.

Myrna Sim:

So sorry for your loss. Clayton was a great man and always a good time.

David and Joy Connelly:

Our condolences to the Cole Family on the passing of Clayton. He was a memorable guy, always a friendly hello and a story to tell. He will be missed by all who knew him, the town will be missing a spot only he could fill. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family .

Iris Eliuk and family:

Clayton was a good man who did his best to get the last dollar for items he was selling.He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Our condolences to his family ,his wife and children and also his Mom.

Ken Josie Frid:

We are sorry for the family’s loss Clayton touched the hearts of many people

Shelley (Houston) Dyrland:

I am so sorry for your loss. Clayton always made me smile, he lit up a room with his character and laugh. I knew him as a generous man with a huge heart. He will be missed by many in the area, but not nearly as much as he will be missed by his family and especially his grandkids! There are no words to ease your pain, but may knowing he will be remembered by many help ease your sorrow.

This quote is on my nephew's headstone, and it reminded me of Clayton.. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” Hunter S Thompson

May all the memories of Clayton living life to the fullest be with you!!

Ron Schultz:

Clayton will be missed and his benevolent side which was always there to help in time of need. I'm sure everyone will who heard his auction call will remember the ring of the "Auctioneer" voice he had.

Michele & Bill Hepburn:

Our deepest sympathy to Sue and to the Cole family. It's really sad to know we won't hear Clayton voice calling hey Mick & Billie - how you doing? Always, always enjoyed our visits and talks and we will never forget the kindness and knowledge he shared with us over the years. RIP Friend! To Sue & to the family - may all the great memories you shared and stories told by people all over who were lucky to meet this gentle man with the gruff voice bring you comfort in knowing he was loved and respected very much.

Pat & Treena Martin :

Our condolences go out to all the Cole family in this time of need...RIP Clayton

Chris and Brenda Sande and family:

Our deepest sympathy,Sue and family for your loss.The community will have a large empty spot.He will be greatly missed.

Warren and Diana Randall:

We are so saddened to hear of Clayton’s passing. He was a guy who always had the time for everyone and share a good laugh and story. He will be very missed by the whole community and will be remembered fondly for all the good works he did.
We offer our deepest condolences to Sue and the girls and all his family. May you be blessed with strength and peace during your time of sorrow.

Corey and Marie Cermak:

We were saddened to hear of Clays passing as he was a good and generous person. Condolences to you and your family.

Bev Wymenga-Emmons:

My condolences to Claytons Wife Cal-Linda(Sue) and the entire Cole family. I am so sorry for your loss.
I have so many fond memories throughout the years of Coles Auction on Saturday's and the horse sales on Wednesday nights. It was always entertaining, they didn't just put on an Auction, they put on quite a show. Coles Auction was also such a great place to meet up with your neighbors, family and friends and make new friends. Not just a place to buy and sell but a place to exchange stories and learn from other peoples farming experiences, not to mention getting a good bargain. They also had the best burgers and pies when they had the auction mart in town. Clayton was always entertaining, always friendly, always remembered my name and my family as we had sold and purchased livestock and equipment for many years through the auction mart. Clayton was even so kind as to attend my dad's funeral. I will never forget his voice, his smile, his willingness to stay late and help load equipment after the auction sales, and his genuine dedication to this community. He will be missed.

Jerrett:

I did not know Clayton on a personal level although I have had many conversations in Passing. One thing I can tell you is that he is more than just a friend or father, uncle or husband, he was a iconic figure in Rocky Mountain House, one who touched many lives but most importantly gave me And I’m sure hundreds of other people memories of the old auction mart days. He will be sadly missed and in my opinion is worthy of a plaque somewhere in our town that we view in our passings for many years to come.

Bob & Cathy West:

Our thoughts are with the family during these difficult times! Clayton was always a pleasure to talk to and work with ! He will be missed by many.

Lois Gasior Ritzen:

So sorry to hear of Clayton's passing. Many happy childhood adventures when visiting the family farm come to mind. Rest in Peace cousin. My sincere condolences to Aunt Gladys, Georgina, Wes, Tami, Cal-Linda and families

Marie Juuti:

My heartfelt condolences to all of Clayton's loved ones. The world will be a darker place without him.

Blanche Dickau:

So sorry for your loss.Thoughts and prayers to all the family. He always had a smile on his face and a kind heart. He will surely be missed by everyone who knew him.

Shirley and Jerry Murphy:

You are in our thoughts and prayers Sympathy to the family.

PAT IRONSIDE:

So sorry for your loss. I will always remember is stories and his genuine friendliness.
Clayton was truly one of a kind. He will be deeply missed.

Myrna Knull:

My condolences on the loss of a truly one of a kind person. Keeping all of you in my thoughts.

Barb and Jim Johnston:

So sorry for the great loss. Clayton will be missed by many.

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