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Born: Jul 23, 1944

Date of Passing: Mar 01, 2021

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Alan Mitchell Clayton, Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba, passed away Monday, March 1, 2021, from complications of a recent hip fracture.
Alan was born on July 23, 1944 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the eldest son of Nellie and Jack Clayton. Raised on Temperance Street in Saskatoon, Alan grew up spending time at the family cottage at Pike Lake. The connections and lifelong friends he developed early in life led him to one day build his own family cottage at West Hawk Lake, continuing the tradition of family and friends gathering together. Alan spent many happy years at West Hawk, leaving a wealth of memories shared by so many people.
Alan loved music. He spent many years singing with the Caledonian Singers and other choirs and would be part of the show at the Scottish Pavilion at Folklorama each summer. He had a marvellous singing voice, like both his parents, and music was a source of true joy for him.
A civil engineer by profession, Alan joined the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba (U of M) in 1980 before retiring in 2010. He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2011, an honour of which he was very proud. He specialized in Transportation Engineering, focusing on freight transport, traffic engineering, transport planning and road safety. His work, and that of his students, established the U of M as a national and international leader in Transportation Engineering research and training.
Alan was predeceased by his parents, and by the mother of his children, Cecile Clayton-Gouthro. Alan is survived by his children, his daughter Joanne and his son Ian. Also left to mourn his passing is his sister Enid, his brother Laurie, his best friend Peggy and all of their families.
The Hutcheon family, formerly of Saskatoon and John Bell and his family from West Hawk Lake also held a special place with Alan.
He will be missed.
The family would like to thank the staff at Concordia Hospital for their care of Alan during his last days, as well as the staff of Portsmouth House where he was a resident.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests that a donation be made in Alan's memory to Parkinson Canada, 7-414 Westmount Drive, Winnipeg, MB R2J 1P2.
In keeping with Alan's wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I was a student of Al's in the mid 1990s. He was always a well respected transportation engineer and very dedicated to teaching. He will always have a special place in my heart because he took a lot of time from his schedule to mentor me on a personal basis, despite the fact that I was not very interested in his field of study. In particular I had a nervous breakdown at the end of 3rd year that caused me to miss most of my exams. Himself and Jim Graham were instrumental in getting me through that time in my life and showed an incredible degree of interest and compassion for me. As a team the negotiated exemptions for most of my exams that semester which allowed me to recover and succeed later on without missing any actual school time. After this he also helped me in my quest to get a job when there were no jobs in the industry and was always very encouraging. I am now a successful hydrotechnical engineer with over 20 years of experience and surrounded by a team of amazing engineers. I have also passed on the same compassion and understanding he showed me to successive generations of engineers. I will be forever grateful for having known and worked with him. - Posted by: David Bonin (Student/Colleague) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • I had the great privilege of being a student of Professor Clayton at U of M in 1980-82. I'll remember him as a very dedicated and inspirational teacher, who provided strong leadership in conducting practical research in the areas of transportation engineering and transportation policy, leading to improvements in Canadian and international freight transportation systems. Most of all, he was very supportive of his students' interests, often helping arrange employment opportunities and research funding. He was a very energetic, outgoing and friendly person and a true pleasure to work with. My sincere sympathies go out to Alan's family, former colleagues and students. - Posted by: Ross Long (Former Student) on: Mar 18, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of Alan's passing. He was my professor for Transportation Engineering and later my advisor during grad school. He always strived to bring out the best in his students and to further engineering research to continue improving the profession. My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Angela (Penner) Meier (Former Student) on: Mar 15, 2021

  • All our good memories of Alan will remain with us forever. Our sincere condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Pat and Bob Aessie (Former in-Laws) on: Mar 13, 2021

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