July 4, 1931 – Trochu, AB
March 15, 2017 – Calgary, AB
Bernard “Bernie” Hanna, 85, died Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at the Southwood Care Home in Calgary, Alberta.
“Bernie” Hanna, son of John and Edith Hanna, loving husband of Marjorie “Marge” (Doucette) Hanna passed away peacefully following a period of deteriorating health and while surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife Marjorie, daughter Kathy of Calgary, sons John of Tucson, Arizona, William “Bill” of Calgary, Joseph “Joe” of Cleveland, Ohio, Peter of Milton, Vermont, and Daniel “Dan” of Brunswick, Georgia, Brother Norman of Sundre, Alberta, 12 Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his sister Shirley (Hanna) Wilson and brother Donald “Donnie” Hanna.
Born in Trochu, Alberta on July 4th, 1931, Bernie spent his early years on a farm. The values of hard work, dedication to family and friends, fairness and the joy of athletic excellence were some of the many lessons he learned there … and which served him well throughout his long life. After high school, he moved to Calgary where he met and married Marjorie Doucette in 1953. They began their family in 1954 with the birth of daughter Kathy.
Bernie studied at SAIT in Calgary and worked for a year as a Surveyor-Draftsman. He was able to parlay his hockey skills into a scholarship to the University of Michigan where he was a defenceman for the NCAA National Champion “Wolverines” in both 1954-55 and again in 1955-56. The friendships he made as a member of those teams lasted his entire life. Bernie graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1957 and went on to have a long and very successful career with the oil and gas industry. He was well respected by his friends and colleagues at all levels of the industry.
His lifelong love of sports was shared with Marge and their entire family; also avid sports participants. They played golf, tennis, baseball, hockey, skied, enjoyed bridge and numerous other board and card games together … both in Calgary and at their favourite getaway, Sandpoint, Idaho. He was never happier than when surrounded by family and friends playing games.
The family would like to thank all of those who cared for Bernie during his time at the Southwood Care Home and especially to his homecare giver and companion Loni. Bernie will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at a McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Bernie’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 2:30 p.m with a reception to follow. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family has requested no donations or flowers (due to allergy concerns).
In living memory of Bernard Hanna, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences