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.Print This Obituary & Condolences