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HARBACK, Brent Allan

May 6, 1960 – December 7, 2012

Brent Allan Harback, beloved husband of Joyce of Calgary, went to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Friday, December 7, 2012 at the age of 52 years.

Brent is survived by his loving wife Joyce; only son Andrew; parents Roy and Lila Harback; brother and sister-in-law Brad and Tina Harback; and brother-in-law Doug Alexander. He is also survived by many other beloved friends, relatives and colleagues. Brent was predeceased by a brother Mark in 1959 and a sister Alison in 1988.

Brent was born in Grande Prairie, AB and lived with his family in Valleyview, Crooked Creek, Edmonton, Thorhild, Kitscoty and Lloydminster where he graduated from high school in 1978.
Brent developed his love of travel and music from his parents, Roy and Lila, who took the family to Europe for a month in 1974. Back at home, he studied piano and voice, excelling in both as he sang at church. He also competed in music festivals and the CFRN Search for Talent, where he won first place over multiple years in both solo and ensemble groups.
His love for and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ guided his life. He was actively involved in churches wherever he lived. First Baptist Church, Lloydminster; Rockyview Alliance Church, Calgary; Rainbow Lake Community Fellowship and, since 2001, First Alliance Church, Calgary.
Brent was the president of the church youth group at First Baptist in Lloydminster and held numerous lead roles in musicals there and throughout his life. He sang in the choir at every church he attended and loved singing duets with his wife, Joyce, and quartets with his buddies. He combined his love of travel and music as he toured the West Coast and into Midwest USA with an ensemble, Master’s Praise, and participated in two choir tours to Europe, performing in the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris and the official 50th Anniversary Liberation Festivities in the Netherlands.
Brent’s love for hockey was born as a student when he had opportunity to play. He loved the excitement of watching his son play in Calgary Minor Hockey. He is an avid NHL fan and has held season tickets to the Calgary Flames since 2004. He was deeply disappointed at the 2012-13 lockout.
He developed a strong work ethic early in life, starting with a newspaper delivery route, was a chicken fryer at KFC, and then became a disc jockey with CKSA Radio/Television in Lloydminster. In 1979 he enrolled in a communications program at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska. There his love of music continued as he sang in the Chorale and met another singer, Joyce Nickel, who eventually became the duet of his life and his wife.
In August 1980, Brent accepted a position at Husky Oil and over 32 years with the company, held various positions of increasing responsibility, primarily in the area of Procurement and Supply Chain Management.
Brent and Joyce moved to Calgary in 1986, where he was the first in Husky to obtain his Professional Certification in Purchasing Management. His career shifted to Rainbow Lake, AB, in 1996 to become a Supervisor and back to Calgary in 2001 to be a Team Leader. On December 5, 2012 He was named “SCM Manager – Category Management – Corporate Services and Marketing” where he gave leadership to a team of talented professionals for whom he had great respect and affection.
The highlight of The Harback’s life was the birth of their only son, Andrew, in 1992. Brent was a devoted father who loved teaching his son to skate and play hockey and was always supportive and actively involved in Andrew’s teams up through Midget (even when his son gave up goal scoring for goaltending) but the best year was Northstars Bantam AAA Blazers. He also strapped on the skis and drove hundreds of kilometres to support Andrew in competitive freestyle skiing. He was never more proud than when Andrew was awarded a Dean’s Scholarship to attend Trinity Western University.
It was Brent’s great delight to entertain others whether he was on stage or in a meeting. His dry sense of humour and fondness for pranks endeared him to all. He always tried to lighten the mood with a funny story. He enjoyed kids and would have been an amazing grandpa. He was a loyal friend and a committed Christian who cared deeply for his family, friends and colleagues. Beloved Brent, you will be sorely missed.

A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Mountain View Memorial Gardens (17th Avenue S.E. at Garden Road). A Memorial Service will be held at First Alliance Church (12345 – 40th Street S.E.) on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. If you would like to view Brent’s service live on-line please follow the link (the link will not work until just prior to the service) http://www.alivestreaming.com/broadcast_iframe/3295faa027be01302f373fba5ddccdf7?player_only=true

Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Compassion Canada, PO Box 5591, London ON, N6A 5G8 Telephone: 1 (800) 563-5437 www.compassion.ca or Samaritan’s Purse, 20 Hopewell Way N.E., Calgary, AB T3J 5H5 Telephone: 1 (800) 663-6500 www.samaritanpurse.ca.

In living memory of Brent Harback, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to have Brent as my boss while onsite with Husky Energy. His guidance and knowledge was very much appreciated and valued. Brent had an unrivaled sense of humour and took well to office pranks and jokes. In a short time he became quite a mentor to me and I will be forever grateful for the many candid conversations we had, his strong business sense and his natural ability and passion to lead. To Joyce, Andrew and all the Harback family, please accept my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences for your loss. May you find strength through others during this tumultuous time. You will be in my thoughts this holiday season. Peace and love to each of you

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  2. Cindy Crider - Lima Refinery :

    I have a story of Brent from his first trip to the Lima Refinery. I was walking down our hallway to get a cup of coffee and glanced into our Procurement Managers office. I stopped just beyond his door and mentally shook my head. I slowly took a step backwards and looked into the office again, and a very large Husky dog was sitting there at the desk, and he waved a paw at me! Oh. I wasn’t quite sure what to do so I got my cup of coffee. That was a very memorable way to introduce himself to us and it only got better when I met him in normal attire. His sense of humor endeared him to all of us and when he went back to Calgary we all felt like we were the closest friends. Please know he touched us all and you and Andrew are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  3. Jim and Nancy Tower :

    We are very sorry for your loss. Brent will be missed as a friend and colleague. Our thoughts are with you. May he rest in peace.

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  4. I was saddened to hear the sudden passing of Brent. I had the great pleasure and honor of working with him at Husky Energy. He was a great mentor and a HUGE factor of my success while I was at Husky. Brent not only cared for the people that he worked with but he did everything he could to help and was always in people’s corner for success. Words cannot express enough how grateful I am that he gave of himself so that others can acheive this great success. So many fond memories and stories that could be shared. He will solely be missed and my heart and prayers go out to Joyce and Andrew. I will celebrate his life today and always as he was an extraordinary living example of a wonderful human being.

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  5. Kim, Terry, Mackenzi and Mason :

    Joyce and Andrew: words cannot convey how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Our prayers, thoughts, and sympathies are with you and all family members during this very difficult time. Brent was a very special person and we will miss him. He touched all of us in his special way.

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  6. Sebastian Thorp :

    Brent was an inimitable colleague blessed with a wonderful, quirky sense of humor that added much needed levity to everyone’s day. I remember on my first day Brent truly impressed me while he proudly introduced his staff: he showed a genuine warmth and affection that I have rarely seen in the workplace – as if his team was a part of his family, which I have no doubt is the way he felt. His passion touched us all, and he will be sorely missed. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

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  7. Jermey Kerklaan :

    Your sense of humour and caring will be missed. You are a good man, and I wish peace and love for the Harback family now and in the future. Brent, you hired me, and for that I will be ever grateful. You changed my life in so many ways, I miss you already my friend.

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  8. Deepest Sympathies. It is hard to count all the lives that we touch over our years of life and the contribution we make to the people we encounter. Brent was one of those people whose impact is huge. He was the ultimate professional in his role at Husky. He was a valued resource and always helped provide good perspective on the various challenges we dealt with over the years. Joyce and Andrew, may memories of past times carry you through these next weeks and months. Rest peacefully Brent.

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  9. Ron & Rose-Marie McCarthy :

    Dear Lila & Roy: On behalf of all the members at Ritchie Bridge Club, I want to convey our condolences, our sympathy and our prayers at this awful time. Though we did not know your son, we know his wonderful parents and can only imagine the sorrow you are now experiencing. May God Bless you and his wife and son. With heartfelt sympathy, Ron & Rose-Marie McCarthy and the Ritchie Bridge Club

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  10. Darlene Queitsch :

    As you danced in the light with joy, love lifted you. As you brushed against this world so gently, you lifted us. Brent was a lovely man and will be sadly missed. With thoughts, peace and courage to the family.

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  11. Betty Ann and Doug Unruh :

    Roy,Lila, Joyce and Andrew:
    we were deeply saddened to hear of Brent’s passing. We share the grief of his loss especially at this time of year. May the knowledge that he is spending his first Christmas with his Lord be a comfort to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  12. Sean and Debbie Stewart :

    With deepest sympathy Joyce and Andrew. We are extremely sorry for your loss. During my time in Rainbow Lake with Brent as my supervisor, I appreciated his passion for work and his dry sense of humor. He will be missed.

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  13. Terry Manning and Family :

    I first met Brent when Procurement became part of my group at Husky. Brent’s infectious enthusiasm for everything his team did was as wide as his smile. Not one to shy away from the occassional prank, Brent made work fun while accomplishing much. While our group is deeply saddened by Brent’s passing, the fond memories of the happiness he brought to many at Husky, coupled with a very professional approach to getting work done will be remembered. Brent will be greatly missed; may he rest in peace.

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  14. Bill and Sharon Ackerman :

    Our deepest sympathies to you, Joyce and Andrew during this difficult time. When I arrived at Husky almost 5 years ago, he was the one of the first, to offer greetings, take me for lunch and make me feel so welcome. He always made a point of stopping by, giving a hug, pulling a prank, or even just providing a good laugh. There are so many fond memories that I will cheerish. Brent will be dearly missed and always remembered. I know he is watching over us! With heavy hearts.

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  15. Brad Nickorick :

    Roy, Lila, Joyce, Andrew, Brad, and the rest of the extended Harback family, please accept our message of condolences. Brent was a wonderful friend to me as a young man, and his wit, energy and enthusiasm was shared freely. He will be missed but not forgotten. Our deepest sympathies.
    Brad & Shirley Nickorick

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  16. Veronne Smallwood :

    Dear Joyce,
    Please accept my sincerest condolences. You and Andrew are in my prayers. Scripture tells us: Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. May HIS presence sustain you through this difficult time.

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  17. With deepest sympathy Joyce and Andrew and Family. As an old Husky employee I enjoyed my many years working with Brent. Brent always has a great sense of humor and he will be sadly missed.

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  18. Dora Cornelsen :

    I am so thankful that I knew Brent even as a child. In fact we always thought of them as family so I grieve for a lost son. God is still on the throne and he will carry you in his arms. We will see him soon as Jesus is coming again and it won’t be long. Joyce and Andrew may the God of all peace abide with you.

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  19. Diane Korchmar :

    I’m so sorry, Joyce and Andrew, to hear of Brent’s passing. Your are in our thoughts and prayers. Be strong!

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  20. I was deeply saddened to learn of Brent’s passing and my heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and loved ones. I had the good fortune of working with Brent for the last several years at Husky and will fondly remember him as an individual with tremendous integrity and humility but most importantly as a genuine person who always saw the brighter side of things when faced with a difficult situation and kept a sense of humour through both thick and thin. Brent had countless friends at Husky and will be missed by everyone.

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  21. Jack and Anita VanderVeer :

    Prayer is what brought us together at the Trinity Western prayer group and our prayers will continue for you- Joyce and Andrew. Our hearts are sad alongside yours and we pray that you will be so aware of God’s everlasting arms cradling you.

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  22. Fred and Desiree Schmidt :

    Dear Joyce and Andrew,
    Words cannot adequately express how saddened we are at the news of the home going of Brent. It didn’t take our Abba by surprise, but what a hard shock for you. So I wish to extend our sympathy at this time. Praying your days will fill with the Lord’s comfort through family, friends, and the memories you shared will just come flowing.
    With cyber hugs, Desi, for Fred, too

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  23. Sheryl McNamara :

    Joyce,
    I am extremely sad to hear of Brent’s death. My thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace are with you and your family.
    Sheryl McNamara (from BBC)

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  24. Caroline Johnson :

    Dear Joyce and Andrew
    I had the pleasure of working with Brent as a supplier of Husky Energy. I appreciated his honesty, humility and strong negotiation skills. He was an amazing person who brought so much life to meetings and of course his great sense of humour. He always spoke so highly of his family. Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
    Caroline Johnson

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  25. Tom and Dorothy Colbens :

    Roy and Lila,
    We were sorry to hear of your son, Brent’s, passing. God has indicated He has a place beside him for all his people and I’m sure Brent has found his place. We wish you and your family God’s richest blessing, comfort, strength and peace in knowing he has gone to be with his Savior.

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  26. Melora & Mike Sturkenboom :

    We wish to convey our sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Joyce, Andrew and Roy & Lila. He left too soon and yet, in God’s sight it was the right time. I know the Lord will lift you up and strengthen you through this journey of never being able to see Brent again, hear his voice, feel his touch. God promises us He will always be with us. We love you and are praying for you.

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  27. Joyce and Andrew;
    I am deeply sorry for your loss. I worked with Brent at Husky for a time and remember so much of his passion for whatever it was he was working on or experiencing in his life, that quirky sense of humor, his genuine concern and caring for those around him and his love for his family. One thing that really stands out is how proud he was of Andrew and his hockey and skiing accomplishments. I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now but know that there are many of us who have you in our thoughts and prayers. Keep strong and keep faithful, as hard as it may seem to be. My best wishes, condolences and heartfelt prayers to the both of you.

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  28. Dan and Dorean Ratzlaff :

    Joyce, Andrew, Roy, Lila, Brad, Tina and family, Our deepest sympathy on Brent’s passing. Praying for God’s loving comfort for you all. You have wonderful loving memories of Brent to hold dear. God Bless.

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  29. With great sadness, I register my heartfelt condolences to the family. May the departed soul rest in peace. As a colleague, we shared challenging moments of working together on first ever flyin-fly out program for Husky and Brent used to say “cheer up Sujit, we will get it done” and so we did by landing the first flight at Sunrise Project Site 2 days ahead of schedule. It took us one complete year on this one program that made us friends and he is remembered as a gentlemen, professional, result oriented and dedicated individual. Brent, you will be missed.

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  30. Dear Joyce and Andrew,

    I was on the staff at Heritage Christian Academy when both of you were there. I was very sorry to read of the passing of your dear husband and father. I want you to know that you are in my prayers. May the Lord comfort and sustain you at this time.

    Sincerely,
    Carol Bell

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  31. Spencer and Gwen Pledge :

    Joyce, Andrew, and family. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies to you during a very difficult season in your life. May God give you the strength to face the day. Trust in Him. For God is your hope and joy, despite circumstance. You will be in our prayers.

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  32. Hilda Heim ( Reichert ) :

    Was saddened to hear of the loss of your Husband Father Brother and Son
    My deepest heartfelt sympathy and love.

    Hilda Heim.

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  33. Oh Joyce,

    I will never forget Brent’s antics and ever-cheeky humor, the incredible quartets and just the joy of his presence. My heart aches for you, and although our reunion tour will now have to be delayed, it will be even MORE fantastic with an angelic backup choir!!!

    Love Andrea (Long)

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  34. I can’t imagine what to say here. My prayers are with you and Andrew.

    I’ll never forget the ease of his smile.

    My sympathies.

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  35. Rosemarie Scott (née Fernandes) :

    I remember Brent when he was a teenager – and I the school friend of his kid brother – when we all sang as one family with Mrs. Larsen. It was so wonderful to hear Brent’s beautiful voice again at the celebration Brent’s family organized which reminded us how Brent fully utilized his gifts to be an instrument of God’s works. The Harback family is part of my roots and I am grateful for the legacy they passed on through Brent and in turn, the loving example Brent and Joyce have given to Andrew. With gratitude that Brent is at peace and prayers for you who grieve.

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  36. Dear Joyce,
    I was saddened to hear about the tragic passing of your beloved husband. My heartfelt condolences to you, your son and extended family and friends as you grieve. The only thing that lasts longer than sorrow is love. May your many wonderful memories, love and deep faith bring comfort.
    Sincerely, Beth

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  37. Don & Anita McKellar :

    Dear Joyce & Andrew;
    We have just returned from being away to hear of Brent’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts in prayers. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    God Bless, Don & Anita McKellar

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  38. Angela Pantony :

    Dear Joyce,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know Brett through your poetry and the love you shared with him. Praying for you and Andrew,
    Love in Jesus,
    Angela.

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  39. Dear Roy and Lila:
    I have just heard about the loss of your son Brent and want to express my heartfelt sympathy to both of you. I know that your knowledge and love of God will give you strength to deal with this untimely loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

    Deepest sympathy, Gordon and Pearl Fee

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