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FIELDING Q.C., Herbert

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

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.

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  1. Vita Houlihan :

    Bridgitte, Christine, Helen and Paul,

    I am very sorry for your loss and pray for you in this very difficult time for your family. Herbert was a wonderful man and a lively spirit, a great teacher and colleague … he will be missed.


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  2. Dominique Devries :

    We are very sorry for your loss and please know we are thinking of your family during this tough time.

    Much Love from,
    Ernest and Fiona Seguin
    Linda MacAulay
    Dominique and Stephen Devries
    Tony and Laura Seguin
    Marcel, Andre, Pascal, JP, Guy and Angelique Seguin

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  3. Sophie Ducharme :

    Chère Christine,

    J’aimerais t’offrir mes sympathies, ainsi qu’à ta famille, en ces moments difficiles. Tu parlais toujours de ton père avec beaucoup de respect. Je sais d’où tu tiens ta force de charactère.


    Sophie xxx

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  4. D. Bruce Hepburn Q.C. :

    I am saddened to learn of Mr. Fielding’s passing. I crossed paths and, occasionally, swords with Herb Fielding over my 33 years in the trade. Herb was uncommonly kind to his opponents and generous in his encouragement of junior counsel. I am pleased to have known him even briefly.

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  5. Randy and Rose Weins :

    It is with great sadness that we have lost not only a brilliant Lawyer, but a good friend of over 25 years. Herb was a true professional, a kind gentleman and always there when we needed him. We will truly miss him. Sincere simpathy to Bridget, and Herbs family, of which he was so extremely proud.

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  6. Jack and Susan Wright :

    To Bridget and Family,

    We are sorry to hear about your loss. Herbert and I have been friends for 30 years and I will miss him.

    When he wasn’t talking about the law, he was always happy to talk about his family and the many trips that you and he took. He also took the time to ask about our family and was genuinely interested in how our boys were doing.

    Don Odell and Rod Boden were also great friends with Herbert and I know they will both be there to help you and your family in any way they can.


    Jack and Susan Wright

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  7. Carole & Grany Edmonds :

    Bridget: We were so sorry to hear of Herbert’s passing and wish to express our sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you all.
    Carole & Grant Edmonds

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  8. Natalie Macintosh :

    Bridget, Christine, Helen, Paul and family:

    I was glad I was able to attend the beautiful memorial service for Mr. Fielding. It was so nicely put together. It was a privilege to have worked with Mr. Fielding for those many years. What he especially taught me, and I’ve drawn on this lesson many times and passed it on to my children, was: NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING. I am sorry I couldn’t attend the Wake at Rusty’s to wish you all my condolences personally.

    May your treasured memories carry you through the days to come. I am sure Mr. Fielding will be with you in spirit.


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  9. gerda mayer nee Stein :

    I thinks this must be the Herbert ZWERGFELD a classmate of mine in Stoatley Rough. Stumbled on his details just now by pure chance. So very sorry to hear of his recent death. A dear, sweet fellow. All my sympathy to his family. It sounds that he had a successful happy life as he deserved. – Gerda Mayer

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  10. Jim Glass (Duhamel Manning Feehan Warrender Glass LLP) :

    Bridget, Christine, Helen, Paul and family,

    Our condolences on Herbert’s passing. Herbert was a great friend of ours and the celebration on Saturday confirmed that he had touched many lives. Herbert loved participating in all our firm activities (from hockey and football pools to golfing to the occasional brandy sipping on a Friday afternoon). Herbert was trying to convince the firm to go skydiving as one of our firm functions! He was fearless in all things and at the same time was one of the most compassionate men we have known. He will be missed but fondly remembered.

    We have made a donation to the Alberta Lawyers Assistance Society in Herbert’s name.

    Lawyers and staff of Duhamel Manning

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  11. Paulette (Rakestraw) Savill :

    In the mid 60’s I babysat Christine and Helen, and I have many fond memories of Mr. Fielding. He was always cheerful, kind, and, it seemed to me, the smartest man I had ever met. I am so sorry for your loss, and wanted you to know what an impression he made on a young teen. My thoughts are with you Mrs. Fielding, as well as your family.

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  12. Hardy Dittmar :

    Dear Bridget and Family
    My daughter, Diana Dittmar from Red Deer AB just sent me a clipping of Herbert’s obituary.
    I’m so sorry to hear of Herbert’s passing.
    Herbert was always a trusted and reliable friend, both in business and personally.
    I’m sure You will All miss Him dearly and my thoughts are with You.
    Hardy Dittmar Cranbrook BC.

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