Remembering Clay

My friend, fellow blogger, and fellow Pittsburgh Penguins fan Clay Marc Bond passed away nine years ago today, after a long bout with cancer. Clay was only 53 years old. I remember Clay every January 7th, and while the story is usually the same, today I wanted to post part of his obituary.

Clay Marc Bond, 53, of State College, Pa., died Thursday, January 7, 2010, at Valley View Nursing Home in Altoona, Pa. Born March 29, 1956, in Louisville, Ky., he was a son of the late James Elmer Bond and Nancy Jane Clay Bond.

Mr. Bond earned a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Indiana University in Bloomington. He taught for many years at Indiana University and taught part time at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State.

Not only was Clay smarter than me about guns, he was smarter than me about everything.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in State College, and a member of the choir there.

One of the joys of Clay’s life was reconnecting with the Orthodox Church. His return gave him peace during his final days.

He is survived by his life partner, Christopher H. Walker of State College, Pa.; son, Nathan Bond of Crescent Springs, Ky.; two brothers, Jan Eric Bond and his wife, Phyllis, and their sons Eric and Max of Bloomington, and Rex Evan Bond and his wife, Pam, and their children Erin and Alex of Paoli, Ind.; nieces, Suzanna Bond of Elizabeth, Ind., and Danielle Bond, currently serving in the U.S. Air Force at Lackland AFB, Texas; and sisters-in-law Julie Bond of Elizabeth, Ind., and Marcy Bennett of West Baden, Ind.

Clay’s partner Christopher is a terrific person who took time out after Clay’s passing to tell me my visit to see Clay that November really made his day.

I cannot adequately express how despicable cancer is, and how it simply ruins lives. I’ll be 53 in four years, and I cannot imagine passing away so early. Someone, somewhere, needs to find a cure for this disgusting plague.

Rest easy, Clay. May your memory be eternal.

One thought on “Remembering Clay

  1. I absolutely agree with you. I never thought I would lose my husband to cancer at age 56. I had and have all sorts of “honey-do” lists. Cancer research is one thing I always donate to each year. We have lost far too many to this horrid disease.


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