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Claire Marguerite Gardam 19652022

Claire Marguerite Gardam
1965-2022
Claire Marguerite Gardam passed away at home on November 30,
2022 with her husband Dave by her side.
Claire was born in Holberg, BC on December 24, 1965, to
parents Ian and Marguerite, later welcoming Gail Read. She spent her
childhood in Ottawa, and at the family cottage in Golden Lake, where
her love of the outdoors started at an early age.
Claire had a love of music and started piano at a very young
age, eventually achieving Royal Conservatory Grade 10. In addition to
piano, she also played clarinet, and more recently the bagpipes – a
beautiful instrument when played well, which Claire eventually did.
She always said it was her Scottish roots that drew her to the
pipes.
Claire attended Carleton University, where she was a member
of the varsity swim team – an activity she loved her whole
life. She joined the Governor General’s Foot Guard as a
member of the Changing of the Guard at Parliament Hill. She was proud
to be one of the first three women to hold the post. Upon graduation,
Claire transferred to the Canadian Armed Forces, in Halifax as a
Military Police Security Officer, where she met her husband, Dave
Gardam. Ironically, she met her future father-in-law first on the
service flight east. She served her country with honour, and upon
release, took her Human Resources Certificate from St.
Mary’s University – completing the program, with
Distinction, in record time.
Claire was an enthusiastic volunteer, and later facilitator,
with the Dog Therapy Program in Halifax. She loved taking the dog
(Fundy, then Keji) to visit residents of a local seniors home, and the
joy that brought to people. She was awarded the Order of St. John for
her exceptional contribution to the program.
Claire’s spiritual strength came from nature and
she loved all outdoor activities. She hiked the West Coast trail, the
Fundy circuit, hiked across Scotland, and paddled from Kingston to
Ottawa in her kayak – to name a but a few of her outdoor
exploits.
Claire was also incredibly creative, and loved sewing,
stained glasswork, and knitting, among others.
Claire and Dave were married for 29 incredible years. It was
a love affair that grew every day, though Claire often joked that she
really married Dave for his daughters, Kate and Erin. Claire and Dave
retired in Wolfville, where she was an active member of the community.
She founded the Wolfville Pipe & Drum Band, and joined the
Valley Regional Hospital Foundation Board, eventually becoming
president. She and Dave were also active in the Kentville Curling
Club.
Claire always maintained a positive outlook. She was first
diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, and through years of challenging
treatments, and later at the end of her life – she never once
complained. Claire lived life to the fullest, and truly embraced the
spirit of Carpe Diem.
Claire is survived by her husband, Dave, their daughters,
Kate Everdell (her husband Ian, and children Ben and Lucy) and Erin
Gardam. She will also be greatly missed by her father Ian McDonald
(his wife, Gail Read), brother Stephen McDonald (his wife, Maricel,
and sons, Michael and Marcus), and Gardam siblings John and Mary, Bob
and Carol, and Mike and Jodie, her nieces and nephews, as well as
mother-in-law Elaine Gardam.
Claire was predeceased by her mother, Marguerite (Duggan)
McDonald, and father-in-law, John Gardam.
A Celebration of Life will held on December
10th from 2-4pm at the Garden Room in the
Irving Centre, at 32 University Ave., in Wolfville. Claire will be
interred on July 7th, 2023 at 2pm at the
Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Valley
Regional Hospital Foundation.
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  1. Dave,
    Deb and I offer you our deepest sympathy for your lost. Claire was a wonderful woman and will be deeply missed. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. You always have a standing invitation anytime you’re in the Monton area.



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