Otis Delbert Clayton, 94 of Kingston/Greenwood passed away on December 7, 2017 in the Soldier's Memorial Hospital. Born on June 4, 1923 in Parker's Cove, he was the son of the late Capt. Delbert and Laura (Hudson) Clayton.
Otis spent his beginning years in Parker's Cove and after his grade 7 year, his family moved to Hantsport. After graduating from Hantsport School, he completed his grade 12 in the Windsor Academy.
The following year, Otis made the decision to join the RCAF until cessation of war in 1945 and in 1946; he, along with many other veterans went to Acadia University thus obtaining his degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. This was a new beginning for Otis.
In 1951 to 1952, Otis took on the roll of Principal in the Brooklyn Schools. During his time there, he served as President of Queens County Teachers. It was at this time he also helped form an Air Cadet group, and served as the Navigation Instructor. He moved back to Hantsport as vice-principal with Al Clark, teaching Math and Science. Otis also taught Sunday School in Hantsport United Church and was an elder there for several years. When the new Vocational school opened in Windsor, he resigned from Hantsport school and was appointed Science Teacher at this new school. Otis was also the Chairman of Cheverie Stewards, and Secretary of Walton Board of Commissioners. He also found great satisfaction as church organist in Cheverie. In 2000, Otis moved his family to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Upon his retirement, Otis purchased a 26-acre farm in Kempt Shore loving the ability to garden and all that came with it. Over the years, Otis enjoyed many activities besides his gardening, including Ham Radio Operator since 1967; he raised several labrador retrievers, which he spent time with hunting; he built several boats and set trawl for fish near Whitewater (catching great halibut!). Otis also purchased a 43-foot, two masts schooner, to which he added a diesel engine allowing for many great adventures.
Then in 2009, he moved with his new family to Greenwood where he continued his adventures.
Otis is survived by his second wife Evelena (Sherrard) Clayton; brother Maurice (Shirley) Clayton; sons Leigh Otis Clayton and Robin Charles Clayton; step-sons Richard Sherrard, Jamie Nicholson, Mark Sherrard, Franklin Sherrard; step-daughter Beryl Naugler as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Besides his parents Captain Delbert Dennison Clayton and Laura Vale (Hudson) Clayton he was predeceased by his first wife Octavia Hayward (Fielding) Clayton of 56 years; son Gorden Delbert (Carol) Clayton; step-daughter Janice Sherrard; siblings Captain Gerald (Luella) Clayton; Clyde (Mary) Clayton; Shirley (Minnie) Clayton; Robert (Doris) Clayton and Phillip (Laverne) Clayton.
A Funeral Service will be held on December 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Wolfville Funeral Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the Kingston, NS Food Bank, Canadian Red Cross or CNIB-Gift in Memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, Wolfville Funeral Chapel, 568 Main Street Wolfville (902-542-4656).