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HANNA, Bernard William

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.

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  1. John Rothschild/ Carole Weiner :

    Our sincere sympathies Marge to you and your family. May you be spared further sorrow.

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  2. Gail edge lauder :

    So sorry to hear of Bernie s passing.
    He had an awesome family and career.

    Thinking of you all
    Gail Edge Lauder and George Lauder

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  3. Glenda Kemp (formerly Wenger) :

    I was so sorry to see Bernie’s obituary in the Calgary Herald. yesterday morning. I have very fond memories of you and Bernie, Marge. You were always so kinds to us and fun to be with. For some reason, I still recall your stories of being a young wife and mother when Bernie was at the University of Michigan. I could visualize the seemingly endless amount of diapers to wash. Even though the diapers don’t sound wonderful, I could tell those times were precious to you. I want to thank you for taking our family with you to your condo in Sandpoint. We were blessed to go skiing with you and share the beautiful views of Pend Oreille Lake. We, also, were blessed by your generosity in permitting us to take a couple of trips to your condo on our own. I always admired both of you and feel blessed to have known you. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. You and Bernie were an amazing couple. Love, Glenda )

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  4. Chuck Greening :

    Marge and family- Our prayers and thoughts to you and Bernie. Marge -I would like to have some masses said. would you give me the church?

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  5. Bill & Lorraine Pallister :

    To Marj and Family;
    We are very sorry to learn of Bernie’s passing. We recall the good times we had together, particularly at Kokanee Springs and Sandpoint.
    Bill and Lorraine

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  6. Frankie Gacek :

    Dear Marj and family:
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of Bernie. We always found him to be a perfect gentleman and looked forward to visiting with both of you. We hope your memories of your happy, wonderful life together will sustain you through this difficult time.
    Wally and Frankie Gacek

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  7. Dear Marge, Kathy, John, Bill, Joe, Peter, and Dan,

    Our prayers are with you.

    Bernie was many things to many people and will be truly missed. For me he always exemplified a calm, confident composure that made you feel like you could do anything, and nothing was ever as bad as it may seem. And you always knew there was some humorous observation waiting to come out from behind his enigmatic smile. May you all share in some wonderful memories as you recall your times with him.

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  8. Hello Marge, Kathy and the rest of the family,
    Sending you my heartily Condolences to your loss….May you find comfort in God’s love and knowing that Bernie is now free of any pain and is resting peacefully. Again, my deepest Condolences and God bless to all.

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  9. Josh Richelew :

    To the entire Hanna Family-

    The Michigan Hockey family would like to express our deepest condolences.

    Michigan Hockey and the Michigan Athletic Department

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  10. Dear Marge: We send our condolences and love as we are unable to attend the memorial service for Bernie. Its been a long time since we connected. Love from Helen (Meyer) and Ken Beckie, Myrna (Symons) and Bill Meyer.

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  11. Marge;
    Helen and I remember the early days of our marriage in Ann Arbor and the friendships that you and Bernie, as well as the other players at Michigan extended to the young players.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
    Ross and Helen Childs.

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