Clayton ‘Clay’ James McFadyen, 56, ‘Willie the Clown’ in the Azalea Festival Parade is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

After a long illness Clayton “Clay” James McFadyen died peacefully on March 25, 2015, surrounded by his family at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. He was 56.

Clay was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clayton and Vivian McFadyen.

He is survived by his parents, Delores (Elaine) and Robert Sziemkiewicz; his sister, Rebecca Gover (Allen); his brother, Edward Feltman (Frances); his stepbrothers, Steven (Teresa) and Robert Sziemkiewicz Jr.; his stepsisters, Linda Long (Johnny) and Laura Lopez; his nephews, Justin, Nathaniel, Shane, Hunter, Scott and Jacob; and his great-nieces, Riley and Lexus.

Clay worked for many years at Jay Taylor Exterminating Co. He was also a past member of the local clown club and made several appearances in the Azalea Festival Parade as “Willie the Clown.” In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, boating and working around the yard.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. 3rd St., Wilmington.

The family appreciates the friendship Jay Taylor has given to Clay throughout all the years they have known each other and the excellent care given by the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Memorials made be made in Clay’s name to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401-7335.

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