Jervis “Jerv” Clifton, 72, passed away on Wednesday (Jan. 26) in Red Deer, Alta.
Jerv’s career in harness racing spanned well over 40 years. Well-liked and respected by all industry participants, his career started in his hometown of Regina working for a number of trainers — Richard Callaghan, Dr. George Paveley and Eddie Tracey to name a few. He then ventured onto his own and started his own public stable.
Driving was his favourite aspect of harness racing and he did so all over the prairies, winning numerous races and driving titles. He retired with 2,782 wins as a driver. Known as being very loyal, he would turn down better mounts because he felt he owed a specific trainer his support. One of the highlights of his career was winning the Nat Christie Memorial in 1989 with the Doug Stout-trained Nealies Ten Spot.
In his retirement, he liked to follow his beloved Boston Bruins and do sports handicapping. His sports handicapping was done with numerous stat pages spread over a table, pen in hand and glasses perched on the end of his nose. When Jerv did his sports picks a mess of papers, spread over a vast area, was guaranteed.
As per Jerv’s wishes, no funeral will be held.
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