With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Clarence M. Anderson of Rimbey, Alberta, formerly of Bentley, Alberta, who passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Area Three on Friday, May 21, 2021 at the age of 87 years.
When we leave this world, we only leave behind memories and stories, and Clarence has left behind many. He was part of a large family, and was raised in the Bentley area for his childhood. After meeting his wife, Ruby, they made a home and built a life residing in the Rimbey area. Clarence had many adventures and journeys, and met countless individuals along the way. His interest in family history led him and his brother, Dennis to Sweden and Norway. Returning home, Clarence was more than enlightened by the experience - and this was only one of his many adventures! A man of many interests and talents, he had an absolute love for trapping and snaring, combined with a healthy respect for all wildlife. After joining the “Trapper’s Association”, Clarence gave 110% to all activities, as he also did with most of his other interests and projects. Crafty by nature, Clarence built birdhouses and willow chairs, and also welded with the best. He was self-taught to play the fiddle in his later years of life; and he always had a homemade batch of fruit leather, or a pocket full of sweets to share. He was also renowned for his ‘prim’ (the whey off the milk), and lutefisk! Clarence was an ambitious man who partook in rodeos, logged unimaginably huge trees, and owned and operated CMA Drilling and Blasting. He spent many of his working years in Yellowknife, Inuvik, the Crowsnest Pass area, and everywhere in between. Fondly remembered for his self-made “camp shack” at family reunions, his beard, his cowboy hats, many Toyota “Japcans”, “shanni soup”, and his unforgettable cheeky grin … Clarence will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Forever rest in peace, Papa.
Love always … your wife, family, and dearest friends. xo
Clarence will be forever remembered and sadly missed by his loving wife of 61 years, Ruby; his daughter, Della Anderson-Thebeau of Rimbey; his son-in-law, Gary Thebeau of Winfield; his stepson, Roger (Sylvia) Newman of Misty Valley, Alberta; and his stepdaughter, Karen (Randy) Cross of Rimbey; as well as many treasured grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will also be lovingly remembered by five brothers: Dennis (Edith) of Rocky Mountain House; Ron (Sandy) of Pink Mountain, B.C.; Stan (Jeannie) of Bentley; Norman (Valerie) of Bentley; and Allan (Debbie) of Bentley; and three sisters: Glenda Kangas of Leduc; Myrna Robinson of Bentley; and Cheryl (Eldon) Stad, also of Bentley. Clarence will be remembered fondly by four good friends: Lars, Dan, Gary, and Neil; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and many other additional relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Julia; one brother, Elwood; and his brother-in-law, Lorne Kangas.
With respect for Clarence’s wishes, there was no formal funeral service. If friends desire, memorial tributes in his memory may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice. Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
Cremation Arrangements for the Late Clarence M. Anderson entrusted to the care of