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HARTALL, William (Bill)

February 9, 1931 – Craven, Saskatchewan
February 3, 2015 – Strathmore, Alberta

Bill Hartall was born in Craven, Saskatchewan on February 9, 1931 and passed away peacefully after a full and happy life on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 with family by his side. He was 83 years old.

Bill was a devoted husband providing Wanda with fifty-six years of love and support that will always remain in her heart. Bill met Wanda at the University of Saskatchewan in 1956 and they were married in 1958 in Saskatoon.

Bill’s whole life was involved in the cattle industry. He attended the School of Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan. After graduation he was employed by the Animal Science Dept working as Beef cattle herdsman and foreman of the U of S Beef Cattle Research Project and ROP Bull Test Station. Bill and Wanda moved seven times before they settled permanently in Calgary in 1971 with their three children. Bill worked for two years as a market analyst for CANFAX (a cattle market information service), until he was offered a position at Western Feedlots, he decided that a desk job was not for him. He left CANFAX and spent the next 20+ years at Western as the Cattle Marketing Manager, during which time he was responsible for marketing close to one million head of cattle prior to his retirement in 1996.

For more than fifty years, Bill judged numerous 4-H beef club shows. He had the honour of judging many open steer shows across Canada; the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, the Western Canadian Agribition in Regina, the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto and The P.E.I. Easter Show in Charlottetown. He also served on several Calgary Stampede Committees.

After his retirement he became more involved with his hobby of raising show rabbits. He and Wanda travelled Western Canada attending numerous rabbit shows in which they quite often took top prizes. He was a Saskatchewan Roughrider fan and enjoyed watching hockey. He loved tending to his rabbits, working in his yard and keeping his lawn in pristine condition. Chances are that if the sun was up, Bill was outside.

Bill and Wanda moved to Strathmore in 2007 where they could live out their retirement and enjoy the slower pace of life that a smaller town provided.

Bill cherished the family in his role of husband, father and grandpa. He was very proud of all his grandchildren and enjoyed telling stories about them.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Wanda; son Blaine (Tracey); daughters, Cathy and Nancy (Paul); and grandchildren Stephanie, Brett, Nicholas and Trevor; sister Audrey (Stan); brother Doug (Sherran); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Strathmore United Church (410 Fourth St, Strathmore, AB) on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, RR1, Westerose, AB T0C2V0. Telephone 780-682-2153.

In living memory of Bill Hartall, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Center Street North, Calgary, AB.

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  1. Gerald&Carla Bain :

    Our deepest condolences to all the Hartall family. Many prayers are sent your way, and hope you can find comfort in knowing he’s at peace. We are thinking of you and share your grief, he will be missed.

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  2. Dave and Terry Jones :

    Wanda and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Uncle Bill’s passing. Even though he was very low, I was so happy to see him recently. He was a special uncle to me and I’ll never forget him.
    May Bill’s spirit give you strength through this difficult time. God bless you.
    Love from Dave and Terry Jones

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  3. Dianne Georgeson :

    Wanda and Family
    I was so very sorry to hear that Bill had passed away. Bill was a very respected man in the cattle industry and will be remembered and missed by many. I will not be able to attend his memorial as we are away for the winter, but you will all be in my thoughts. RIP Bill…

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  4. Scott & Elan Lees :

    Wanda and family,
    It will always make us smile thinking of Bill. His personality and the stories he would tell, always entertained us and that says a lot about him. He had an effect on all the people he met and he knew more people in Western Canada and the cattle industry than anyone we know. Bill was a friend and a mentor and taught Scott what he knows today about feeding and the feedlot industry. We learned from him just seeing how he treated people and how they treated him. He will be greatly missed by his friends at Soderglen Ranches.

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  5. Wanda and family..it was always a good day in the cattle business when Bill was judging any cattle show. He was a man of great integrity. He remembered the animals he judged, where the show was held, but more importantly, he always remembered the person on the halter of an animal that had caught his eye.
    I hope that your wonderful memories of a life well-lived will give you some peace and that soon the bond of your family and friends will help to ease you through this difficult and sad time. Hazel (Roe) George

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  6. Ron & Bunny Felgate :

    Dear Wanda and family, We were saddened to learn of Bill’s passing, but we will always have fond memories of our ‘rabbit times’ together. They were the best. Ron and I are living 6 months a year in Palm Springs now so we won’t be able to attend Bill’s service. Our thoughts are with you during this most difficult time.

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  7. B.&M. Rodehutskors :

    Dear Wanda and Family
    Deepest Sympathy to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Sincerely Ben and Mechthilde Rodehutskors

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  8. Very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing but I know he suffered trying to get his breath. I did try to phone at Christmas but didn’t seem to have a phone number that worked. Our sympathy to you all at this time.
    Don and Darleen Pearson

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  9. Wanda, So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Such a wonderful man. I have some great memories of Bill from his time with us in LTC. His was always a happy face and a great guy to care for. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. Take care of yourself.
    Hugs, Carol

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  10. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Bill at Western Feedlots years ago helping to sort fats. Bill was a great guy to work for and we had a few laughs. I enjoyed talking with Bill, he was a very intelligent man and I learned a lot from him. I will remember him fondly. Goodbye Bill.

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  11. Lail MacKeigan :

    Dear Wanda, Doug, Audrey & Families,
    Thinking of you all today as you say goodbye to your Dear Bill. Our hearts go out to you & hope that all the wonderful memories you have will keep Dear Bill in your hearts forever.
    Much Love
    Lail, Calvin, Stuart & Murdoch (Aunt Pearls Family)

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  12. Wanda and Family;
    It is with much sadness that I learn of Bill’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. I will always remember Bill as the genial and knowledgeable Chairman of the Steer-a-Year Committee that I organized as District Agriculturist in Strathmore from 1988 to 1994. This beef cattle feeding competition would not have been possible without Bill’s enthusiastic leadership. We all benefited from his vast experience and enjoyed his numerous stories over the years.
    Goodbye, Bill, it was an honor to know you.
    John

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