Who was Charles Clayson Elliott?

Clay ElliottCharles Clayson Elliott was born June 18, 1925 in Hamilton Ontario.

Clay lived in Hamilton for all of his youth and after high school enrolled at McMaster University to study science and chemistry.

After his first year at McMaster, he joined the Canadian Navy during the latter part of WW 2 and served on the ship Ontario for two years, mostly in the Far East and in the Indian Ocean.

He returned to finish his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at  McMaster University – BSc Chemistry (1949).

After many years working in the Plastics industry, Clay and his wife Elaine started Horizon Plastics in Cobourg, Ontario. Thirty years later Horizon Plastics is now considered one of the largest custom moulders of low-pressure structural foam in the world.

Clay has achieved many accomplishments during his years in business. Here is a list of just a few:

  • Industry Leader of the Year 1992
  • Canplas Award Winner 1980
  • Chairman and Treasurer of SPI Canada’s Molder Division
  • Plastics Pioneer for SPI and for the Structural Plastics Division of SPI
  • Manufacturer of the Year Cobourg Chamber of Commerce
  • Clay was a long time member of Rotary and was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship for both himself and Horizon Plastics

Clay was also a large financial supporter of:

  • Artificial Limb Project
  • Sleeping Children Around the World
  • Cobourg Public Library
  • Northumberland Hills Hospital – Women’s Health Centre

In his spare time Clay enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing.

clay elliottThe following is an excerpt from the eulogy during Clay’s Funeral Service that depicts the type of person Clay Elliott was…

“Clay was a man with true honour and loyalty. He believed in honesty. He believed in Integrity. He believed that hard work pays off in the end. He believed that you must love life and live it to it’s fullest. This is how Clay lived his life. He lived his life with the Right Attitude.”