September 20, 1927-Vienna, Austria
July 1, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta
Herbert Fielding passed away suddenly on Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary.
The only child of Alfred and Marie, Herbert was born in Vienna, Austria, where he sang in the synagogue. In 1939, he was sent on his own on the Kindertransport for children fleeing Nazi persecution to England, where he was educated at Stoatley Rough School. At age 17, he left school to join a parachute troop in the British Army; he subsequently discovered that his family and relatives had perished in The Holocaust. He obtained his law degree from the University of London, Kings College, and took postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics. He met his wife Bridget at a choral singing group, and they married soon after. After immigrating to Red Deer, he maintained a thriving law practice for over 50 years. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1978, and served as Alderman from 1970 to 1977. Herbert loved to read and listen to music, especially Beethoven and Viennese Operettas, and he whistled or sang wherever he went. He was very fond of his family including his pet birds and cats. He carried his passion for law until the end.
Herbert is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Bridget; children Christine, Helen and her husband John Spencer, and Paul and his wife Jenn Thomas; as well as his grandchildren Harley and Zander.
A Celebration of Herbert’s life will be held at Parkland Funeral Home (6287 67A Street, Red Deer, AB) on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. followed by a wake from 12-3pm at Herbert’s favourite haunt, Rusty’s. In lieu of flowers, Herbert would appreciate if you gave a donation to a charity of your choice on his behalf. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Herbert Fielding Q.C., a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.Print This Obituary & Condolences