George Clutton

09/11/1958 - 01/23/2020

Obituary for George Clutton

September 11, 1958 – January 23, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of George Clutton announces his passing after a short and courageous battle with cancer. His final days were spent in the care of the amazing staff at Prairie Lake Hospice.

George attended school in Sunset House and Valleyview. He also attended Fairview College and Western Canada School of Auctioneering. He married Val on July 4, 1981 and they resided in Fox Creek Alberta until June 2010, at which time, they relocated to Grande Prairie. While in Fox Creek, their family was completed with the births of two children, Phoenix (1984) and Dakota (1988).

George’s life long career in the Oil and Gas Industry included employment with Braidnor Construction, Amoco, Rio Alto Exploration and CNRL. Upon retiring George was able to spend more time camping with friends and wood working. Over the years, George volunteered his auctioneering skills for many charities. He also put in many volunteer hours at Silver Birch Golf Course.

George is fondly remembered by his loving wife Val; daughter Phoenix (Ryan Simpson); and granddaughters Reese Routhier and Piper Routhier; Mother Phyllis Clutton; sisters Judy Payne and Margaret Allen, and brother Robert (Terry) Clutton, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Upon Dakota’s passing, Kitty quickly gained a prime spot in George’s heart and will forever miss him.

George was predeceased by his son Dakota, Father Clifford, sister Joan Dove, brother-in-law Bill Payne and nephew Tyrone Allen.

A Celebration of Life will be held on February 1st at 1:00 p.m. at Bear Creek Funeral Home (Peace Hall) 11802 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie

At George’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Salvation Army Community and Family Services, 9615 102 Street, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2T8 or Always Find A Reason to Smile, Box 1668, Fairview, AB T0H 0C0

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Worked with George, Great man, always easy to get along with. My condolances.
- Anton Vitkunas
Deepest sympathies to the family. I met George at the very start of my career with Amoco. Back then, Amoco wanted young engineers like me to get good field experience. George taught me a lot in those early days at Ante Creek and Big Stone. We crossed paths again briefly when he was at Renaissance. A very good man.
- Martin Belanger
You are in our hearts. George was an amazing guy.
- Isabel McCallum
My favourite memory of George shows the fun prankster side of him. It was Halloween and the kids were quite small. George had a mold of his teeth from the dentist that he somehow snuck into one of my kids bag. When we got home we had the kids empty their bags so we could make sure the candy was safe. When I found the mold I was very confused. I called around to my friends to see if they had anything strange in their kids bags. Nope no one. So a few days later after George and Val couldn't stop laughing I found out where the teeth came from....We all had many laughs about that for a long time. Thank you George
- Laurie Grafton
Our hearts go out to Val, Phoenix and family. George feels like he belongs to us too because he treated everyone with respect, and was easy to be with, a gentle man. We hold your family in our heart.
- Rose and Kevin Hearn
When I think of George, it makes me smile, as I'm reminded of the fun he created in our Sunset House classroom. My favourite memory of him is of him walking on his hands, between the rows of desks, behind the teachers back. Sincere sympathy to Val and his family.
- Tammy Sherris
We are so very sorry for your loss, he was a great man and a good friend.
- Ryan Tammy Bartlett
I was thinking back to when George was 9 and I was 11. My parents were out somewhere and my grandparents arrived at the door unexpected. George ushered my grandparents in. saying,"Come on in. Marg get grandma and grandpa something to eat.They've travelled alot of miles, they're probably hungary. Make them some soup and toast. My grandparents looked at each other and smiled, Grandpa tried not to laugh but he did. They found it comical that little George was taking charge of the house and taking care of them. George was always one to take care of family. I will always remember George for his loyalty, his big heart, his sense of humour, his courage and his determination. He was dearly loved and no words can express how much he will be missed.
- Margaret Allen
Deepest sympathy for the loss of a wonderfull man,I had the opertunity to work with George for a lot of years, was a great trainer , boss,and friend through the years of working for Amoco.Rio alto,and Cnrl. Rest easy my friend.
- Brian Pankiw
Our sincere sympathy to the Clutton family.
- Ken and Pat Van De Kerckhove
Judy, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your brother. May God be with you during this difficult time. Dorothy Werklund. Church in Valleyview.
- Dorothy Werklund

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