With great sadness, we announce the passing of Clayton G. Daye on August 27, 2023, at the age of 90, at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Clayton was born on August 22, 1933, in Chipman to his loving parents, the late Fred and Pauline (Granville) Daye.
Clayton spent his childhood on the Salmon River, accompanied by his brothers Garnett and Roly. Garnett, being older and wiser, played a fatherly role, while Clayton and Roly enjoyed their shared passion for hockey and ball. However, they also worked diligently on farms and gardens. At the young age of 15, Clayton became skilled in boat building, igniting a lifelong love for boating. Known for his determination, competitiveness, and charitable spirit, Clayton was always willing to lend a helping hand and undertake any task that needed to be completed.
In 1957, Clayton married the love of his life, Jeanetta, and together they moved to Saint John. Clayton initially managed service stations before transitioning into auto body work. Eventually, he established Daye’s Autobody, a thriving business known for its satisfied customers. Although he later found enjoyment in “The Valley,” Clayton always remained appreciative of the opportunities Saint John had provided him.
Throughout his life, Clayton and Jeanetta cherished their time together. They delighted in snowmobiling and exploring the province and beyond. They built lasting friendships, spending wonderful moments at Kedron Lake and their cottage at Mill Cove on Grand Lake. Recently, Clayton celebrated his 90th birthday, surrounded by loved ones at the lake, filled with joy.
Clayton was a devoted sports enthusiast, having been one of the original players of the Ken Gents hockey team. He even organized a fundraising hockey tournament in Denmark, forming lifelong friendships along the way. In his later years, Clayton enjoyed public skating but missed his hockey stick dearly. Regardless, he remained an avid sportsman, faithfully supporting his beloved Leafs, even through their losses. Clayton also held membership in the East Riverside Golf Club and the KV Old Boys.
Clayton is survived by his brother Roly (friend Marie), as well as his children: son Danny (Judy Williston), daughters Jocelyn (Wayne Burnside) Daye and Cathy (Randy) Mersereau. He also leaves behind grandchildren Shelley (Chris), Scott (Jill), Layla, and Danen, great-grandchildren Jakob, Corbin, Brandi, Linkin, Meadow, Fjord, and Marsh, and great-great-grandchild Daxon. Along with his parents, Clayton was preceded in death by his wife Jeanetta, brother Garnett (Mildred), infant brother Ralph, and sister-in-law Marjorie.
We extend heartfelt thanks to the Nursing Staff on 3CS for their compassionate care of Clayton, as well as Dr. Whalen and Dr. Andreani for their attentive support during his declining health.
A private interment for family and close friends will be held on Monday, September 4th, 2023, at 1PM at the Baptist Cemetery on Maple St. in Chipman. Additionally, a Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, September 30th, 2023, from 2 – 5PM at the Kennebecasis Funeral Home, 152 Pettingill Rd., Quispamsis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SJRH Foundation, the NB Lung Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.kennebecasisfh.com.