The day after their eldest child Susan was married, Clayton and Joyce Sparkes left St. John’s for Gander, Newfoundland together with their three other children Steve, Bruce and Judy. Judy remembers driving away from her childhood home, her head on her mother’s lap, and feeling her mother’s tears hitting her face. It was 1970.
The Sparkes were venturing into the unknown, giving up their successful wholesale meat business and the life they had known for the uncertainty of running hotels. It was the start of a long, arduous, but ultimately rewarding journey that has led to Steve, Bruce and Judy calling the hospitality industry home, while their sister Susan pursued a different career path. Theirs is a story of perseverance and unwavering commitment to private entrepreneurship as successful second generation hoteliers on the wonderfully unforgiving Island of Newfoundland.
Today, the Sparkes’ company, Clayton Hospitality Inc., aptly named after their beloved father, consists of: