Clara Galway

Clara Galway

Wednesday, November 1st, 1922 - Thursday, March 12th, 2020
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Clara MacLaughlin (Starratt) Galway ~ of Listowel, at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the age of 97 years.

Loving wife of Roy Galway for almost 73 years.

Mother of Jim Galway & Meg Shuebrook of St. Clements, Mi (Margaret) & Roddy Faulkner of Bass River, NS, and Peter Galway & Janice Hodder of Listowel.

Grandmother of Dan Galway & Angie Vaughan, Abe Galway & Tanya Lee, Jason & Tessa Faulkner, Jodi Faulkner, and Megan & Dustin Eberle, and great-grandmother of Alexander, Kalen, Addy, Amaya, and Alivia.
Sister of Barbara Hood of Truro, NS.

Predeceased by sisters Evelyn McLellan and Joyce Starratt.

One of 4 daughters born and brought up in Bass River, Nova Scotia by her parents James and Jenny (MacLaughlin) Starratt. She attended NSAC where she was the only female in her class, and later went on to MacDonald college (McGill) where she received a BSc in horticulture. It was there she met her future husband Roy.

Clara had three children and was a stay at home mom until she initiated a garden center at the co-op and worked there as the manager for 25 years, giving out much sought-after advice. She also taught many courses and seminars in gardening and landscaping over the years.

Clara loved her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly and they meant the world to her. She loved life and always treated people with respect, dignity and caring.

Music was a very large part of her life. She sang in the church choir up until recently, and also sang in the church choir in Bass River with her mother and three sisters until her mother’s death. She and her sisters continued on singing, becoming well known up and down the Cobequid Bay as “ The Starratt Sisters”. Clara also was a member of both the Concert Singers and the Bell handchoir at her church.

A very committed member of Trinity United Church, Listowel, Clara was very involved with the UCW, also volunteering for many activities, church dinners and funerals. She served on the board in many different capacities, one of her many accomplishments is the beautiful Christmas backdrop she built for the church sanctuary around 1958, and it still adorns the church today. Clara was very active in Scouting Canada for 25 plus years serving as a Cub leader and attending many conferences and seminars.

Also, an enthusiastic curler, Clara was still curling at the age of 95. At that time, she was recognized as the oldest active curler in Ontario. As a skip, she led her teams to many victories over the years. Through curling she made many friends and helped many beginners get started in the sport

Clara spent her summers at the cottage in Little Bass River, where many activities took place, many family suppers and nightly card games, and also doing things with her sister Barb. She was also a painter, a fabulous seamstress and an active golfer well into her years.

The Celebration planned for Thursday, May 14th HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

A Celebration of Roy and Clara’s life will be held at Trinity United Church, Listowel, and details will be announced as soon as they are available.

Interment in Riverside United Cemetery, Colchester County, Nova Scotia.

Memorial donations to Trinity United Church, Listowel, or Riverside United Church, Bass River, would be appreciated.

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    230 Barber Ave. N.
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The Celebration planned for Thursday, May 14th HAS BEEN POSTPONED. A Celebration of Roy and Clara’s life will be held at Trinity United Church, Listowel, and details will be announced as soon as they are available.


Donations are being accepted for: TRINITY UNITED CHURCH.


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Lewis Hinks

Posted at 07:05am
Valerie and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Please accept our heart felt condolences.
Lewis and Valerie, Chester, NS

Paula Blagrave

Posted at 03:50pm
Kerry and i would like to offer our sincere condolences to Roy and family on the passing of a wonderful lady Clara. She was always a delight to talk with whether it was when we were passing their home while walking in Jacksonville, or during our time together as sopranos in the Listowel Concert Singers. But my most memorable conversations were when we talked about attending and graduating ( albeit a few years after Clara) from Macdonald College of McGill. When we first met Clara and Roy and said we had gone to school in Montreal, we were delighted to know fellow graduates as there were not many in south west Ontario. Clara would have come into the BSc program as a "swampie" - the endearing name we called the NSAC grads who were completing their degree education in West Island Montreal. We talked together about our beloved alma mater, small and charming and where we both met our husbands. Clara, you used your education well. It was a pleasure to have known you.

Margaret McClement

Posted at 04:28pm
Such a great friendly lady - always a smile and a friendly hello. My deepest sympathy to Roy and family.
Marg McClement

Laureen Eby

Posted at 04:10pm
To the Galway Families:
I was so sorry to hear about Clara's passing. I have many wonderful memories of her sitting beside me in the Listowel Concert Singers choir and the the North Perth Singers choir. Also her knowledge of flowers and seeds was well received by me at the Co-op or just on the phone. She was such a special lady, I shall always carry many memories close to my heart.
I'm sure you shall all have many wonderful memories etched on your hearts forever.
Laureen Eby

Jean Templeton

Posted at 11:28am
My Sincere Condolences to all of Clara’s family. Murray and I so looked forward to Roy and Clara’s visit in the spring and fall when we could share time with many of their college classmate. I know she will be greatly missed in her community and also in Bass River where she enjoyed being so much. Clara was a wonderful caring woman.
Thinking of all of you with Love Jean (Templeton)

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