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Clyde Allan Thompson Ortner

May 16, 1937 ~ February 10, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Clyde Ortner Obituary

Clyde Allan Thompson Ortner, (86), of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2024.  Clyde lived his whole life in British Columbia.  He was born in Trail, on May 16, 1937, to Edith and Gerald Ortner.  He spent his childhood and teen years in Trail, then moved to Vancouver to attend University.  Vancouver and UBC were exciting for about a year, but Clyde soon returned to Trail in order to be near Carol, his high school sweetheart and his one true love.  

Clyde and Carol were married in June 1960.  During their first five years of marriage, Clyde worked as a Loan Officer with Bank of Montreal in Rossland,  Prince George, and Agassiz.  Clyde left the bank in 1965 and moved to Kimberley where his passion for numbers and ledgers landed him a job in Cominco’s Accounting Department.  In 1970 Clyde was transferred to Cominco’s Risk Insurance team in Trail.  After three years in Trail, the family moved to Vancouver where Clyde earned a degree in Risk Management and worked as a Risk Manager in Cominco’s Head Office.   The highlights of his career were his numerous trips to Polaris, the world’s Northern most mine, located in the Canadian Arctic on Little Cornwallis Island.  Clyde retired in 1992.  He and Carol spent their retirement years in Kamloops, Parksville, Nanaimo, and Qualicum Beach. 

Clyde was a dedicated Husband, Father, Grandad and Gigi who will be remembered for his sharp sense of humour, his high expectations for himself and others, and his passion for dogs, gardening, physical fitness, Tilley Hats, peanut butter sandwiches, cookies, and Licorice Allsorts.  Clyde lost his parents many years ago, and was predeceased by his sister Joan in April 2020.  Clyde leaves behind his wife Carol and their three children: daughter Julie and her husband David, son Gerald, and daughter Leah-Anne and her husband George.  He will be missed by his grand children, Ian (Maddie), Carlea (Bradd), Annika, and Keaton, and by his great grandchildren, Oliver and Bowen.  Also mourning the loss of Clyde are his niece Wendy and his nephew Michael.  

Clyde had a plethora of wonderful friends who have fond memories of working, golfing, curling, yoga-ing, walking, gardening, fishing, and partying with him over his many years in various communities and work places.

Clyde’s family wishes to thank Sukhi, Dana, Nelly, Megan, Steph, Melanie and the other dedicated members of the Long Term Care Team at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach. 

Thanks also to the Island Health Case Managers, The Gardens Owner Maureen McIntosh, and The Gardens Management Team who helped us find appropriate support and settings for Clyde as his long battle with Dementia intensified in recent years. 

Lastly, thank you to Pastor Terry Richardson and to Yates Memorial Services for providing a caring, timely, spiritual, and personalized memorial to Clyde on the morning of February 15th.  Many family members and close friends gathered, enjoyed peanut butter sandwiches and other refreshments, and shared wonderful memories of Clyde. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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