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Joseph Clay

Also known as: Joe.


Picture of Joseph Clay.

Taken from Eulogy by William Gelson(Bill) Little given at Joe's funeral 5th. October 2005.

Joseph Grantley Clay is -not was- a good friend of mine. And of numerous others! Many of whom knew him much longer than I did. I first met Joe when he was Sailing Master of the Sea Cadet Training Brig "Royalist" in which I served. I was with him when he became ill as we sailed down the east coast from a refit in Hartlepool. He left the ship at Kings Lynn never to return. A professional seaman he had a deep knowledge of square-rigged ships and in his time was connected to Soren Larsen, Astrid, Lord Nelson and, of course, Royalist.
A gentle-man in the true sense of the word he was respected and admired not only by his peers but by the countless youngsters in the Sea Cadet Corps, and with whom he had a deep empathy. He understood their fears, aspirations and mischieviousness, probably as a result of his own boyhood as a cadet in the old wooden wall training ship "HMS Conway"! Like most of them, he was always a Conway Boy and her motto "Quit ye like men. Be Strong" he followed in spirit during his illness.
He was also immensely proud of his children and granddaughter and often talked about them, for he was a raconteur of note and could spin a yarn. A "run ashore" with Joe was either a good meal, a good wine and a discussion covering an array of topics, for he was well read - or it was a manic evening with an Eric Sykes/Harry Worth double act and a thick head to follow! Both of them equally enjoyable events.
I will remember him for his sense of humour and his spirit of generosity. Seldom did I, if ever, hear him speak ill of anyone, even those few that abused that generosity. He was patently disappointed but never verbally acrimonious. Let us remember, also, the love, devotion and professional care he received from his wife Janette, for without her, we would have gathered here long ago.
Now he has "crossed the bar".
He will be missed - but certainly not forgotten.

Added by: Janette Clay on 14 June 2007.



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