Obituary of Clinton Joseph Ellingboe
1966 – 2021
It is with great sadness that the family of Clinton Ellingboe announces his passing at the age of 55 on April 25th, 2021 at St.Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon. Clint is the son of Albert (Dorothy) Ellingboe & predeceased by his mother Betty Ellingboe. Clint was born in Yorkton Saskatchewan March 24, 1966 and lived on the family farm 10 miles east of Saltcoats. Clint was always an athletic and scholastic young man, always at the top of his class in school and with sports. He was active in hockey, baseball, curling and air cadets. Growing up he was eager to help on the family farm and enjoyed hunting the local small game. After an unfortunate spinal cord injury accident when he was 15, Clint’s life changed and he had to adjust to life in a wheelchair. His spirit and exuberance for life did not change, in fact he became more bound and determine to live life to the fullest. He always made sure he was a there with his friends and at family gatherings and did not let the chair define who he was.
Clint finished his high school at Yorkton Regional High and soon after moved to Saskatoon to go to post secondary school to pursue his Bachelor of Arts. While in school, he became a mentor for the Peer Support Program at SCI Sask formally known as the Canadian Paraplegic Association and was offered a full-time position prior to completing his B of A. Clint was dedicated to fund raising and helping other people that were in a similar situation to cope with the life change experienced after a spinal cord injury. After many years at CPA, Clint was promoted to Executive Director where he managed the team.
As a side business, Clint loved technology and helped many people with their computers and phones. He was always ahead of his time and enjoyed learning the latest technology and was always available to help solve the next problem.
Clint loved to travel and explore when ever he could. This included trips to Cuba, Belize, Niagara Falls and Halifax Nova Scotia.
Clint enjoyed his household plants and in his last few years extended that to patio gardening. He took up birding and calling birds in to his backyard while enjoying many hours in the sun. He enjoyed hosting parties of any kind; Roughrider games, July 1st fireworks, Christmas tree decorating and cooking for friends and family.
During the last 10 years of his life, the negative health affects of living in a wheelchair started to catch up to him. Throughout all his challenges, his stubbornness, determination and zest for life, he battled and defied all odds until the end.
Clint’s charisma, smile and quick wit will be missed by all of us who knew him. Mostly, Clint’s furry four legged companion Pawnee will miss him the most. Clint trained his black German Shepperd to be a service dog and was truly his best friend for the past 11 years.
Survived by his father Albert (Dorothy) Ellingboe, sister Sherry Strachan (Garry Schmidt), brother Chad Ellingboe, niece Krista Keating (Jay) and their three children Mackaylynn, Kenzley, Zander, nephew Cordell Strachan (Kyle Schwartz), several Aunts, Uncles, cousins and many devoted friends.
A Celebration of Clint’s life will be held this summer, the date and location to be determined.
Memorial donations in memory of Clint can be made to SCI Sask., 311 38th Street East, Saskatoon, Sk S7K 0T1