July 11, 1925 – December 10, 2013
In a world short of positive role models (those with values of hard work, honesty, accountability, with a moral compass that never falters, to whom a handshake means more than any piece of paper or any official stamp) we find ourselves with one less.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing or Archie Clements (Clem) Betton on December 10, 2013.
Dad was born in High River Alberta on July 11, 1925. He had fond memories of growing up around his grandfather’s farm in that area and of his dad’s farming and cartage businesses. His fond memories were no doubt influenced by meeting mom (Millie) who he married on May 24, 1950 in Calgary Alberta.
The family that followed (Pat, Donald and Al) were all born in Alberta where Dad continued farming and other entrepreneurial endeavours until cold winters finally got the best of him.
The move to the Coldstream Valley happened in 1966. Dad never forgot his Alberta roots or his many friends there. He returned to Alberta for a period after we lost mom.
Dad loved music and dancing. It brought him and mom together and was one of their last pleasures together before she left us in 2001.
He loved practical jokes, coffee and poker with his buddies in Alberta, building almost anything, healthy crops in the field, political debate, storytelling, his border collie Missie, and , above all, family.
In recent years it was the company of his great grandkids that made his eyes sparkle.
Dad was predeceased by mom (Millie), his wife of 51 years, his sister Gwen Dube and brother Fred Betton.
He is survived by three children Pat (Don) Sibilleau, Donald (Yodit) Betton and Al (Pam) Betton. Three Grandchildren, Dale (Jenny) Sibilleau, Leslie (Jeremy) Frick and Darlene Sibilleau, four great grandchildren, Alexis and Makenna Sibilleau, Kalin and Hadley Frick, brother Ross (Alice) Betton, sisters-in-law Marg Betton, Jean, Anne and Lannette, extended family and close friends.
He will be missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him.
A private funeral has been held. There will be a celebration of life in the spring.