Clifford was born March 7, 1945 in Warburg, AB to Lars and Mary Sather. He grew up in a house located east across from the school. His mom and dad owned land across from the school to the east where the bush is today and south to just the other side of Hylands and north up to the end of the school. Eventually they sold most of the land and kept enough for the house. Clifford attended Warburg School. After school, he would go to the pool hall to get his hair cut where he met Joe Koblos who had a honeybee farm just south of Warburg and would cut hair in his spare time. Joe would always give him a chocolate bar and took him under his wing and would always call Clifford his son. When Clifford was 14 years old, he would go to Joe’s place after school and holidays and would help him with the bees. In 1959, Clifford went with Joe to California in April to pick up honeybee packages. Joe would even let him drive — Clifford was only 15 years old at the time. Joe had a 1959 Chev 3 ton truck/van at the time. In 1960 Clifford quit school and started working for Joe full time. In 1962, Clifford shipped his first barrel of honey to Alta Honey Co-op as a member. He was only 17 years old. Clifford and Joe kept making trips to California in April to pick up honeybees. They would make 3-4 trips every April. As Joe got older and couldn’t make the trips, Clifford would take another person with him and finally had to quit these trips in 1986 when the US border was closed due to mites in honeybees. Joe and Clifford became partners in 1968. Clifford took the business over in 1985 as Joe could not do it anymore.
Clifford married Dianna Dool from Thorsby on October 2, 1971. They had 3 children: Sherry, Sheldon and Shawn. Joe and Clifford went half and half and built a house in July, 1971. Joe lived downstairs with his own kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. Clifford and Dianna lived upstairs. We lived together as a family. Joe had a stroke and in September of 1986, Joe moved to Cloverleaf Manor until he passed away on January 25, 1987 at the age of 85 years. In the late 80’s, Clifford started collecting scrap iron from farmers and breaking it down into different metals. He would also haul vehicles in too. He did this as a hobby for something to do in the fall and winter months after the bee season was done. Clifford and Dianna kept on with the bee business until May, 2010. They quit because there was a lack of help and it was too much work for them to keep on. They sold the bee equipment and business. After the bee business was gone, Clifford kept on doing his scrap iron as a hobby. He also did snow removal, rototilling and hauling dirt for people. Clifford worked hard all his life, but he took pride in keeping the yard and place very tidy. He landscaped his own yard. He enjoyed sitting on the patio and admiring his yard.
Clifford passed away suddenly on May 21, 2021 at the age of 76 years. He leaves to mourn his wife, Dianna, of 49 years; daughter Sherry (Mike) Grizell and sons Sheldon and Shawn; grandson Clayton (Katelynn) and granddaughter Leilay (Ryan); great-granddaughters Zahara, Raiza and Izaleah; sister Bea Wayne; brother Johnny Sather; brother-in-law Cyril Dool; sisters-in-law Shirly Dool and Diana Dool; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A private family burial service will take place at Union Cemetery, Warburg, AB.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to charity of your choice.
Serenity Funeral Service Leduc 780-980-3688