Sydney Wilson Clay

27 Nov 1920 - 27 May 2011

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Sydney Wilson Clay

27 Nov 1920 - 27 May 2011
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The obituary of Sydney Wilson Clay. Cemetery: Sherwood Cemetery, Location: Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Birth: 27 Nov 1920, Death: 27 May 2011.
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Sydney Wilson Clay


Sherwood Cemetery

355 Sherwood Road
Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Island

Military Service

World War II

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Sydney Wilson Clay

On May 27, 2011, of Sydney Wilson Clay, age 90.
Born Nov. 27, 1920 at Nottingham, England, son of the late Samuel Wilson and Bertha (Shelton) Clay. Syd received his education at schools in Nottingham and after the deaths of his parents in London.
In January 1937, shortly after his 16th birthday, Syd enlisted in the Royal Air Force as an apprentice, thus joining the elite group known as “Trenchard’s Brats” named Lord Trenchard. Marshal of the RAF, who foresaw the need for a highly-trained ground crew to maintain the increasingly complex aircraft, then entering the service to meet the gathering menace of Nazi Germany.
During the war, Syd saw service at various locations in England. Following the Battle of Britain, he was posted to Canada, rising in the ranks to NCO (non-commissioned officer) ground crew at Charlottetown and Weyburn, Sask. He then underwent aircrew training as a pilot, returning to England and eventually realizing a boyhood dream of flying the famous Spitfire fighter.
Demobilized in 1946 with the rank of Flying Officer, he returned to Canada as an immigrant and on June 25, 1947, married Minnie, the daughter of Percy and Catherine (Cameron) Downe of Charlottetown.
Following several years with Maritime Central Airways as an aircraft engineer, he was employed with the Post Office Department, mainly in the Area Manager’s office, where he supervised the operation of rural mail delivery and smaller Post Officers throughout the province.
After retirement, Syd pursued his hobbies of painting and writing. Many of his paintings were hung in the Confederation Centre of the Arts at various exhibitions and, in addition, many of his aviation paintings were selected to hang in the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. In recent years, Syd was better known for his column, “Flotsam and Jetsam,” which appeared regularly in the “Voice for Island Seniors,” newspaper.
Syd leaves to mourn his wife of 64 years, Minnie, sons David (Elizabeth) and Cam (Ruth Ann), grandchildren Jacqueline, Johnna, Jeremy, Christopher, Cheryl and Scott. Great-grandchildren Sydney, Ashley, Matilda, Aiden, Wilson and Ella Minnie. Also one sister in England, Beatrice, sisters-in-law Roma Slomer, Kallie Wood and Jessie Downe, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by brothers Will and Cyril and sisters Dorothy, Evelyn and Gladys, all of the U.K. Also predeceased by brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Gladys Downe, Ed and Flo Downe, Hawley and Floss Crockett, Bob Slomer, Jack Herman, Russell Downe and Olive and Bert Hencher.
Resting at Hillsboro Funeral Home, 2 Hollis Ave., Stratford for visitation on Monday, May 30, 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at Stratford Chapel, Hillsboro Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Sherwood Cemetery.

Military Service



World War II

Life timeline of Sydney Wilson Clay

Sydney Wilson Clay was born on 27 Nov 1920
Sydney Wilson Clay was 19 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
Sydney Wilson Clay was 24 years old when World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.
Sydney Wilson Clay was 37 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
Sydney Wilson Clay was 44 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
Sydney Wilson Clay was 58 years old when Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after some of its members assassinated U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan (pictured). James Warren Jones was an American religious cult leader who initiated and was responsible for a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. He considered Jesus Christ as being in compliance with an overarching belief in socialism as the correct social order. Jones was ordained as a Disciples of Christ pastor, and he achieved notoriety as the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple cult.
Sydney Wilson Clay was 68 years old when The tanker Exxon Valdez spilled 10.8 million US gallons (260,000 bbl; 41,000 m3) of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing one of the most devastating man-made maritime environmental disasters. A tanker is a ship designed to transport or store liquids or gases in bulk. Major types of tankship include the oil tanker, the chemical tanker, and gas carrier. Tankers also carry commodities such as vegetable oils, molasses and wine. In the United States Navy and Military Sealift Command, a tanker used to refuel other ships is called an oiler but many other navies use the terms tanker and replenishment tanker.
Sydney Wilson Clay was 71 years old when The World Wide Web is opened to the public. The World Wide Web (WWW), also called the Web, is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links, and accessible via the Internet. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web browser in 1990 while employed at CERN in Switzerland. The browser was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and to the general public on the Internet in August 1991.
Sydney Wilson Clay was 83 years old when Facebook, a mainstream online social networking site, is founded by Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook is an American online social media and social networking service company based in Menlo Park, California. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.
Sydney Wilson Clay died on 27 May 2011 at the age of 90