Gary Melvin Clausen
of Summerland BC, born June 25, 1957 passed away peacefully with his family by his side in Penticton Regional Hospital on August 6, 2013. Throughout his life, Gary enjoyed many sports including hockey, baseball, golf, and fishing. These activities, however, were far surpassed by the love and time he had for his family and the joy that they brought him. Gary was always eager to lend his support as well as reach out a helping hand to others. His willingness to help out family and friends without expectations made him a truly respected and conscientious business man. He had a remarkable sense of humor and wit he loved to share with everyone around him. But above all he was a devoted husband, committed father and proud grandfather (Papa). His peers will always appreciate him by his integrity and quality workmanship within the community. His dedication as a coach was to inspire fun and fair play and to develop life skills. Involved in Summerland Minor Hockey for almost a decade, he inspired many. Gary was a kind, fine, good man whose memory will be captured in our hearts. He will be forever and always loved by his wife of 29 years, Kathy; his daughter Nicole (Jesse) Clausen, his sons James Clausen and Thomas (Savanna) Clausen, as well as his delightful grandson Brandon. Also left to mourn are his sister, Louise (Gerry) Bryant and his brothers, Martin (Wanda) Clausen and Glenn (Judi) Clausen, father-in-law Don Cameron, brothers-in-law, Don Cameron Jr. and Greg (Arlene) Cameron, as well as all his nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by his parents Martin and Gladys Clausen, and his mother-in-law Rita Cameron. A Celebration of Gary’s life was held on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Summerland United Church, 13204 Henry Street, Summerland, BC with Reverend Houle officiating. Memorial Tributes may be made in Gary’s honour for Bursaries for Summerland Minor Hockey Association or Youth at Summerland Golf and Country Club. Condolences may be directed to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com.