In Memory of

Clifford

(Clinton)

Lougheed

Obituary for Clifford (Clinton) Lougheed

C. Clifford Lougheed
April 12, 1928-November 21, 2023

Cliff passed away, peacefully, at his care residence, after a day enjoying visits from his children and grandchildren. Dad was pre-deceased by Rilla, his loving wife of 65 years, in 2014. With his last words, “I am going to meet my Creator”, we had no doubt mom would be the first one waiting for him as he went ‘home’ to be with Jesus.

Dad is survived by his daughter Jo-Anne (Ian) Seymour, and sons, Kevin, and Scott (Susan) Lougheed as well as grandchildren Andrew (Andrea) Seymour, Patrick Seymour, and Katie (Konrad) Krahn; Christopher, Nicholas and Caroline Lougheed; and Laura (Adam) Fanset, Darryl (Lindsay) Lougheed, and Paige Lougheed; and 8 great-grandchildren, Grace and Charlie Seymour; Arlo and August Krahn; John, Abigail and Isabelle Fanset; and Parker Lougheed. Also fondly remembered by Sandi (Conrad) Lougheed.

Cliff was predeceased by his wife Aurilla, his parents, Oliver and Maud Lougheed, and both sisters, Olive (Albert) Low, and Connie (Gordon) Bailey. Cliff liked to keep track of Connie’s “West Coast kids” Bonnie, Don, Heather, and Lynn and they conversed back and forth until quite recently.

Cliff was really embraced by mom’s side of the family, with lifelong friendships made. Our family spent countless holidays and celebrations with them growing up. Mom’s family included her parents, Jack and Helen Barnes; sisters, brothers, in-laws and (nieces and nephews), Gerald and Eleanor Barnes (Trevor, Margaret, Robin); Jack & Ruth Barteaux (Bob, Barb, Ron, Maryanne, KariLynn, and Sara); David & Addie Barnes (Tom, Kathy, Pam, Jack, Mary, Pat, Tammy); Dave & Mary-Lou Reid (Lori, Allyson, Sean). All these folks have many great memories of Cliff, or “Uncle Spud”, the nickname bestowed on him by his sister Olive.

Cliff met Rilla Barnes on a lunch break from his first job with the Royal Bank in Birtle, MB., and after a lot of convincing on dad’s part, they were married on June 15, 1949. What followed was over 60 years of a marriage that was very much a true partnership in every sense of the word. When dad lost mom in 2014 after several years of health issues, it really took a toll on him, but he soldiered on, a stoic survivor.

Dad was born in Foxwarren, Manitoba, and came from a once well off, but later experiencing hard times, farming family. Dad often told the tale of how his father, Ollie, after several good harvests, undertook building a large modern farmhouse for Maud, which was completed right at the beginning of the Depression. His father eventually had to surrender the farm to the Royal Bank. The family ended up converting a chicken coop into what was to be a temporary home, and his father found employment as a short haul trucker to make ends meet, but times stayed hard, and the family never left it. With bedrooms tacked on for a growing family, a cold-water hand pump, wood stove, and an outdoor “biffy”, this was dad’s “homestead”! One can understand dad’s cautious approach to money, since those who never had it growing up tend to value it more.

Despite hard times and humble beginnings, Cliff still had a lot of fun growing up. He often recalled his teenage hockey exploits, as a mere 16-year-old goalie, backstopping the Foxwarren team to the 1945, and in his last year, the 1948 Junior B Championships. Dad, self-taught, played drums in a band, traveling many miles to places like Wasagaming’s Danceland to play all night for $5.00, considered good money in those days. Despite late nights playing swing music, and long hockey bus rides, he graduated Grade 12 with Honours and joined the Royal Bank, ironically the same bank that took the deed to the farm, where he had an accomplished and distinguished career, respected by his peers and customers alike. Along the way he made stops in places like Beausejour, Hamiota, Thunder Bay, Geraldton, Dauphin, and finally Winnipeg where he became a District Manager at head office. Of note during his Winnipeg years, he established the very first Commercial Banking Center in Canada, a pilot project for RBC, because, well, frankly it was dad’s idea! He soon secured the City of Winnipeg and Air Canada accounts, and launched the careers of several young staff who went on to their own stellar careers in banking and commerce. Dad always gave others on his team most of the credit, which is why his staff really loved and respected him. He once turned down a promotion to Montreal during the first Rene Leveque PQ period when he found out just how hard it would be on his family and their schooling, among other concerns. It was a huge position to decline and almost unheard of in those days, but he was family-first at his core. Some years later, supported whole-heartedly by Rilla, Dad took early retirement at age 59 to fulfil his dream of starting his own business. To jump start his new mergers, acquisition & consulting firm “Lougheed & Associates”, he took a term position with Scott at Lakeview Group for 2 years promoting investment opportunities. Dad was the top performer there and he and Scott had a great time working together. Kevin soon joined Dad at Lougheed & Associates and was his partner running the Alberta office for over 30 years.

Dad was not all work though. He and mom travelled to Hawaii, England, the Eastern and Western seaboards, many parts of the USA and Canada, often with family or close friends. They had great times and spoke of these trips often.

Of special note are the loving relationships Cliff and Rills nurtured by spending time with the grandchildren. From babysitting them as infants, through childhood tea parties, or recording stories so the far away grandkids could listen to them at bedtime, tobogganing, shopping trips, participating in Grandparents days at school, or just trips to Sargent Sundae. As the kids got older, there was much wisdom imparted to more than one young teenager looking to buy a first car (and their first loan, at very fair rates, Dad being a banker of course), attending school concerts, team sports, championships, modelling competitions, many graduations, and finally weddings, whether here or across the country, they always made the effort, cheering them on. Many happy memories were made, and the love and support were unquestionable.

Yes, Grandpa Lougheed was greatly loved by all the family, and we shall miss him very much.

We are grateful to the staff at the Arbours, Brightwater Linden Pointe. Cliff was one of their favourite residents, and their care and compassion helped him, and us, through his last days.

Cremation has taken place. A service is planned for early June 2024, with more details to follow.

Please re-visit this tribute page at neilbardalinc.com for more information. Notification will be published closer to the date of service.