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RICH CLAXTON (published on October 01, 2011)

RICH CLAXTON January 26, 1950 - September 13, 2011 Richard Avery Claxton (Rich), beloved husband of Marilyn Wolovick of Whitehorse, Yukon passed away at the Whitehorse General Hospital on Tuesday, September 13 after being diagnosed with cancer in April 2011. Rich was born in Grenfell, Saskatchewan. He moved to Winnipeg at the age of five. Rich met Marilyn, the love of his life, in art school in 1978. They were married on July 2, 2011. Rich and Marilyn were blessed to share their love for 33 years. Rich was a potter for over three decades. He earned his BFA (Honours) degree at the University of Manitoba in 1984. Rich was inspired by his father and mother, Edgar and Marion Claxton and his professor, Robert Archambeau. Rich and Marilyn moved to Kaslo, BC in 1989 where Rich worked in clay, taught Tai Chi and studied Aikido. Rich earned his third degree black belt in Japan in 2008. Rich and Marilyn moved to Whitehorse in December 2004 where Rich became a full time potter. He joined the Yukon Artists at Work Cooperative where his pottery flourished. Rich's tender heart and hands touched many people. Rich is survived by his beloved spouse, Marilyn Wolovick. Rich will be missed by his loving family including, his mother Marion Claxton of Chilliwack, BC, his brothers Arthur Claxton and his wife Leah Tonsaker of Surrey, BC and Paul Claxton and his wife Jane, of Vancouver, BC and nieces and nephews, Naomi Gregson, Rebecca Glendenning, Paul and Shauna Tonsaker, and Tabatha and Zachary Claxton. Rich was predeceased by his father, Edgar Claxton on April 21, 1981. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Yukon Artists Relief Fund, c/o YAAW, #200-120 Industrial Rd, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2T9.

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