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Clair Elaine Pusztay

January 4, 1964 - March 25, 2021


It is with great sadness we announce that, on the evening of Thursday, March 25, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones, Clair Elaine Pusztay passed away at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital at the age of 57 years old. Clair was our dear mother, wife, sister, auntie, friend, and first-time grandmother-to-be.

Clair was born in Edmonton, Alberta on January 4, 1964, the youngest of four siblings.  Her life’s journey led her to live in various towns in Alberta and British Columbia. In 1975 she moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, spending 15 of her formative years there. It was there she became proficient in Spanish and became the well-recognized lead majorette in her high school’s marching band, even appearing in a TV commercial!

Clair was predeceased by her Brother Emmery Jr (Jimmy) 1974; Father Emmery Pusztay Sr. 1999; Mother-in-law Flo Parsons 2006; Father-in-law Harold Barbour 2017; and Mother Peggie Pusztay 2018.  She is survived by her loving husband of 21 years George Barbour; devoted daughters Clair Szuch (Josh), Vanessa Godziuk (Justin) and Ellen Barbour (Curtis); and adoring siblings Chris Pusztay and Maggie Pusztay (Rob Tweedie); as well as many close friends who became adopted siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins.

As a single mother Clair worked extremely hard to provide for her family. She also gave selflessly and devoted much of her time to care for her aging parents and in-laws. In 2000 she met the love of her life – George Barbour – with whom she relocated to Wasa and spent many happy days together with their dogs Tillie and Bazil. Clair had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed pedal boating, fishing, and gardening.  She loved travelling and enjoyed her trips to Honduras, Cuba, Mexico, and the US. At any age Clair was always up for learning and trying new things.

In 2007 she went back to school to get her Office Administration & Technology – Administrative Assistant certificate at College of the Rockies (Cranbrook Campus).  She graduated in 2008, and shortly after, she began working at the College of the Rockies.  About a year later, Clair landed the position of her dreams, becoming the International Student Coordinator at COTR Cranbrook Campus.  It was there she earned the title of “Mommy Clair” and the love of her international students, as well as her peers.  She offered free hugs to everyone and even had a bell on her desk with the inscription “Ring for a Hug”! COTR was voted the #1 college for international students in the world in 2014 and 2015. Coincidence? We think not!

Due to COVID restrictions, a celebration of Clair’s life will be announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, you may make a memorial donation to the Palliative Care Unit of the East Kootenay Regional Hospital ( As well, condolences may be left for the family at

Clair will be dearly missed by us all and all those who came to know her.  Our families take this opportunity to thank all of you for your love and support for Clair, as well as for each and every one of us. In Clair’s memory, please remember to hug often and spread love and kindness wherever you go.




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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Arnold Cambar
Relation: sister of my soul

Dear Clair, my cute little sister, I hope you are already resting in heaven, accompanied by your Brother, Father and Mama Osa, as well as Jaqui, Gerardito and Gerardo. I know the pain and the days of chemotherapy are finally over. You leave a great void in our lives but not in our hearts. we will never forget you, rest in peace, beautiful sister

From: Helen Hannah
Relation: Friend

My most sincere sympathy to you all. She was a special gal. I am glad I got to know her and even though I didn’t see her often, she always left me smiling. She was so genuine. I am sad for the huge space you will have in your hearts.💕

From: Natalia González Pasztory
Relation: Sobrina

Lamento muchísimo su perdida. Deseo que en el recuerdo del amor encontréis el consuelo que su vacío deja. Aún en la lejanía formamos parte de un mismo origen y eso crea un vínculo especial. Envío mi sincero abrazo a su familia. Dios te tenga en su gloria querida Clair.

From: Bren
Relation: My sweet Cuzzy

Love you Clair, wish we had more time together❤💔

From: Bob Sperling
Relation: Friend

Clair – You brought a special joy to the staff and clients at Job Seekers each day you were with us. Thinking of you, just being you, brings a smile to my face. You are gone too soon, but the pain is no more and I know you are at peace.

From: Jasmine Hall
Relation: Clair's healthcare provider

I had the privilege of meeting Clair and spending hours talking with her and her daughter Vanessa at my clinic. What a wonderful light she was on this earth! Despite her health journey at the time, she was full of jokes, stories and well wishes. You did an amazing job raising your children, Clair, and Vanessa is a proud representation of all your kindness and heart. She will be missed by all those who had the joy of interacting with her, no matter how brief. Wishing you peace and rest, Clair, and wishing her family my deepest sympathies for their loss.

From: Julianna Pasztory
Relation: Prima

Querida Clara, bendita seas, descansa en paz junto a los seres amados que te recibieron con su amor y abrazo. Hasta q nos emcontremos y nos pondamos fundir nosotras por fin en un inmenso abrazo también. Brilla con eterna luz y cuida de nosotros, hasta siempre querida prima.

From: Wendy Roberts
Relation: I worked with Clair at College of the Rockies

Oh Clair Bear! I will miss you! Even when we couldn’t get together, I enjoyed our text messages. Thank you!
To Clair’s family I send my heartfelt condolences. You are in my thoughts.

From: Marli Price
Relation: Friend

My deepest condolences to George and Clair’s family. I’m going to miss Clair, she was such a warm and sweet little ray of sunshine. RIP Clair ❤️

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