Clayton "Clay" Iles

07/04/1938 - 25/10/2023


Obituary For Clayton "Clay" Iles

April 7, 1938 – October 25, 2023

Clay passed peacefully at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital at the age of 85. His family would like to thank the staff on Unit 23 and Dr. Brad Martin for their care and kindness.

Clay was born and raised in Manitoba with a big loving family. Clay and his wife Marj (Parfit) lived throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, NWT, and BC. They moved to Sexsmith in the 70’s where they raised their 5 children. They moved to Tumbler Ridge, BC where they shared a wonderful life together until Marj’s passing in 1995. In 1999, Clay married Ferne Emberley and they enjoyed life together in Tumbler Ridge before moving to Grande Prairie 2018.

Throughout his life Clay worked hard in various mines, road construction, P&G, had his own autobody shop and was the Mayor of Tumbler Ridge. Clay was a highly competitive hockey player, coached many hockey teams and enjoyed the sport with his family. He also loved playing baseball and never turned down a round of golf. Most of all Clay loved spending time with family and friends. He loved to laugh, dance, snuggle babies, and tell stories. Clay was a kind, generous, good man.

Clay will be remembered by his family; wife Ferne, sister Deloris (Wayne), brother Lee (Lois) children; Maurice (Dawn), Karlene, Tracy (Phil), Kelly (Rick) and Buck (Tanya), many grandchildren and great children and the Parfit and Emberley families.

He was predeceased by his parents Earl & Vi, wife Marj, brothers Len, Ken, Orval & Morris, grandson Joel, and daughter-in-law Brenda.

Everyone is welcome to the funeral service for Clay on November 1, 2023, at 10:00am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (10404-102 Street). A gathering of friends and family to follow at the Golden Age Centre (10222-101 avenue).

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742


1 Nov

Celebration of Life

Golden Age Center 10222 101 Avenue Grande Prairie, Alberta Get Directions »
1 Nov

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church 10404 102 St Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2W3 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • 11/20/2023

    It is with sincere sadness I send out my condolences to Clay's immediate and extended families! I did not hear about Clay until I read of his unfortunate passing in the TR newspaper, today. Having lived in Tumbler Ridge for many years and having worked directly with Clay at Quintette, we developed a mutual kinship that was always prevalent whenever we had an opportunity to see each other and share some personal stories. Clay was a friend and a storyteller, and his personal experiences were always threaded within each chapter. Clay shared many pearls of wisdom with me, and he offered himself to those who could benefit from his perspectives. His contributions as Mayor of TR, and during the most-dire period in its history, are legendary! I have had the privilege of knowing Clay as a friend and both his Isles' family and his Emberle family! I extend my sincerest thoughts and prayers to both families. His passing will be a significant loss to bear as Clay left a substantial legacy of friendship and love to all he knew. His Friend - Kelly McManus (Calgary, Alberta)

  • 11/09/2023

    Sue and my deepest condolences to the family. I first met Clay in 1986 when I became a pit supervisor at Quintette and worked overtime on B crew. Clay and I had many interactions after the mines closed and am very happy with what we were able to achieve. I have many good memories of my time with Clay which will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace my friend.

  • 10/30/2023

    My condolences to Fern and the Iles family. My time with Fern and Clay were always entertaining and a lot of good laughs. I truly miss our weekly visits. rest in peace Clay.

  • 10/30/2023

    We are truly honored to have been able to get to know Clay on our numerous trips to Grande Prairie to visit Geoff, Brigitte & Jude. What a wonderful and remarkable man! Our deepest sympathy to the entire family! In lieu of flowers, a donation will be made to the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre. Hugs, Linda & John Berg

  • 10/29/2023

    To all of you I learnt the news about your Dad today. With true sadness, it brought back memories of the way we were, Happy times. I remember if I could have another Dad he'd be just like yours. He was cool then and still looked it in his photo. Your parents were always there for us as they are for you still. Some memories fade away but your parents never will. Be strong and proud to know he touched alot of our lives. I will remember you all always with love.

  • 10/29/2023

    Condolences to all of Clay's immediate and extended family. From playing hockey with Maurice on the Midget Knights to spending time in Tumbler I always enjoyed a chance conversation with Clay whenever our paths would cross.

  • 10/28/2023

    Aunt Ferne, my condolences on Clay's passing. His memory will forever be a part of your story, may his love continue to comfort you.

  • 10/28/2023

    Rip Mr Iles, I will always remember your kind soul My condolences to the family Livia Barnfield

  • 10/28/2023

    My heart is breaking for Y'all. My deepest condolences to everyone. You are all in my thoughts during this difficult time. I have so so so many fond memories of Uncle Clay. Our families were so close growing up. I enjoyed every minute of it.

  • 10/27/2023

    I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Clay. He will be truly missed by everyone one.

  • 10/27/2023

    I'm so sorry to hear this. He was a wonderful man. I can see him sitting at the kitchen table in Sexsmith and enjoying a conversation with Marj. My condolences to all of you. Kim Nordmark

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