Clayton McRory, 1953-2011, former Vail Valley resident |

Clayton McRory, 1953-2011, former Vail Valley resident

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Clayton McRory

Clayton Hughes “Clay” McRory died May 17 following a lengthy illness in Cape Coral, Fla., at the age of 57.

Clay was born on Nov. 2, 1953, in Hartford, Conn., and grew up in West Hartford, Conn., with his three brothers, Colin, Cletus and Courtney, and parents, Gloria and George McRory. He attended Conard High School and the family spent time skiing in Vermont and vacationing on the Connecticut shore.

Clay moved to Vail in 1978 with his parents and brothers following him over the next few years. He and his mother created the printing company Avon Quick Print in 1983. The business grew and became Peregrine Press, a hub of activity in the growing town of Avon. He also spent time on Avon’s Design Review Board.

Clay married Trudy Frohlich in 1975, and although the marriage was short-lived, they remained lifelong friends and passed that friendship onto their children.

In 1983, he married Cathy Cole and raised two sons, Clayton and Jack, in a home he built in Singletree. He taught his sons to ski and camp, passing on many of his handy-man skills. He enjoyed watching them play soccer and baseball as well as ski race, stating many times that having Vail Mountain in his backyard was the reason he lived in Vail.

Clay was a member of the Army National Guard from 1983-1992 and took great pride in his involvement with stateside Desert Storm activities as well as the High Altitude Aviation Training Site in Gypsum.

An avid collector of Corvettes, he had many different models throughout his lifetime. Clay also had a passion for scuba diving, traveling throughout Florida on dive trips.

He left the Vail Valley in 2007 to care for his father in Walsenburg and relocated to Cape Coral, Fla., in 2009 to seek a warmer climate accompanied by his father and long-time girlfriend Rose Serrato.

He is preceded in death by parents George and Gloria McRory and brothers Courtney, Cletus and Colin McRory. Surviving him are his two sons, Clayton, 26, and Jack, 23, who currently live in California.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 3 p.m. June 11 at the Sunset View Cemetery in Eagle.

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