Clinton Norman Kratky was born to Stan and Betty Kratky in Edmonton, Alberta on May 28, 1966.
He was the first born of three children followed by sisters, Kim and Donna.
He was the son of a hardworking oilfield man and over the years, the family lived in Edmonton, Slave Lake, and in Minburn, Alberta which is the area that both of his parents were born and raised.
Clint really loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman from a very early age. He loved the beach, camping and fishing in Slave Lake, Alberta and somehow always managed to end up with the “biggest” fish on the end of his line.
“Family and Friends” were so very important to his parents and Clint was part of many, many memorable family gatherings with cousins and friends over the years. He was certainly a “character” even in those days.
Clint was in Grade 8 when the family moved to Minburn, Alberta with a population of about 100 residents at that time. Everyone knew everyone in that small town where his dad was raised and Clint loved that.
Clint graduated from high school in Mannville, Alberta in 1984.
Clint followed in his dad’s footsteps and worked on the oil rigs for a while. He operated a picker truck in his dad’s scrap iron business for a couple of years, held numerous other jobs before joining the Teamsters Union #362 in the early 1990’s as a supervisor and then a truck driver and held that job until his passing.
Clint had an amazing attention to detail and helped with the coordination of several “shutdowns” in his early years with the Teamsters in Fort McMurray. He really enjoyed those years and was very good at his job.
Clint met Nadine Cetinski in 2005 and together they had two sons, Joseph Norman Kratky and Mateyo Cetinski. They were heartbroken at the loss of their first son, Joseph, who was silently born.
Mateyo was born in 2008 and Clint was one VERY proud dad. Although Clint and Nadine’s relationship did not last, they both put Mateyo’s wellbeing first and worked hard along with the help of Mateyo’s grandparents, Paul and Jeannie, to raise him well. Clint was a good provider and a good dad.
Mateyo was a very regular visitor to Clint’s home in Lake Isle, Alberta these last few years. They had many happy times fishing during the summer and winter, snowmobiling, enjoying many late night campfires, fireworks on special occasions (Clint loved setting those off) and just spending time together.
Clint met Liz Chevrier in Edmonton at a social gathering. They had taken a motorbike trip together on his bike to BC in 2010 where they had the best time ever.
After that trip is when he decided to surprise her with an engagement ring at her door on bended knee. They married soon after on November 11, 2011 on a destiny wedding in the Bahamas. They loved each other so very much.
Clint had a love for motorcycles that started with a Kawasaki dirt bike in his teens and lasted forever. His Harley Davidson Night Train was his “baby”. He was a free spirit and seemed to find his soul and wind therapy when he rode. Clint enjoyed the camaraderie of riding with others and those friends were very important to him.
Clint certainly wasn’t perfect (no one is), but his heart was always in the right place. He had a big heart, was generous and giving in so many ways and was welcoming to anyone who stopped in.
He had the confidence to stand up for what he believed was right, was willing to explain it and was unwilling to change “who he was” for anyone else’s comfort.
Clint liked to socialize. He was very active on social media and had many long-time friends and acquaintances on Facebook, as well.
The footnote/saying on EVERY email that Clint sent was:
“Inspiration moves the Mind… Desire moves the Body… Passion moves the Soul… Enjoy the Day… Tomorrow ISN’T a Given”
That truly is what Clint believed and how he lived his life.
Clint was predeceased by both of his parents, Stan and Betty Kratky and son Joseph Norman Kratky.
He is survived by his wife, Liz Kratky.
Son, Mateyo Cetinski.
Stepsons, Elliott Chevrier and Dustin (Jamie) Chevrier and grandson, Ryder.
Sisters, Kim (Ward) Clark and Donna (Richard) Paisley.
Nephews, Ryan Clark, Justin (Lindsay) Clark, Ben Clark, and Walker Paisley.
Niece, Bailey Paisley
Uncles, Vernon Kratky and Clifford (Theresa) Myroniuk along with numerous other cousins and family members.
A celebration will be held at a later date to celebrate Clint’s life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Minburn Cemetery Fund in Minburn, Alberta would be graciously accepted and a trust fund for his son, Mateyo has been set up, as well.