Troy Eugene Claridy, lover of sugar, master of naps, experienced woodworker, fisherman and hunter and friend to just about anyone who knew him died Friday, April 2, 2021 at the age of 33 in Whitney, Texas.
Troy was light-hearted and could cut any silence with a joke (or inappropriately placed comment) to make you laugh. He was a lover of western movies, 80s rock n’ roll, fishing, hunting, Budweiser, Jameson, an occasional frozen margarita, and spending time at the lake with his family and friends.
He was greeted in heaven by his father, Howard “Gene” Claridy, of Whitney, whom he missed dearly; grandfather, Carrol “Bud” Claridy, of Waco who affectionately referred to Troy as “Billy Dixon”; grandmother, Gladys Martin, of Groesbeck; aunt, Carol Copeland, of Waco; uncles, David Claridy, of Waco, and Don Claridy, of West; and aunt Ceicle Bragewitz, of Lewisville.
He is survived by his mother, Janet Claridy, of Kosse; twin sister, Robyn Claridy-Miga, of Austin; nephew, Eric Miga, of Austin; brother, Jason Claridy, of Gatesville; sister Amber Hall, of McGregor; grandmother, Wanda Claridy, of Waco, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors whom he loved.
Troy was a Hillsboro High School graduate and played football for the Hillsboro Eagles. He broke many bones and suffered many sports related injuries - to no one’s surprise – and once rebroke his ankle the day he got a cast removed, because he was running on the field with his shoes untied.
He worked for more than 10 years at Lone Star Stone in Whitney, where his colleagues would probably tell you some of his clumsiness carried over, including a few forklift related injuries. He was a loved and protected member of his team at Lone Star Stone and was known for his hard work and sense of humor during his time there.
Troy learned to fish with his dad, Pepa, uncles and brother on Lake Whitney at a young age, though many of them may warn you before taking him along on a fishing trip, because of his lack of patience and inability to sit quietly for long periods of time.
Besides his love for his family and friends, Troy loved to cook and he loved to eat, whether you cooked for him, or he was cooking for you, something he got from both of his parents. He also loved a good joke, making people laugh, and God.
A memorial service is planned and will be held at a later date.
Wherever you are when you read this, raise your glass or lighter to a man who loved and cherished all of you.