April 13, 1940 – Vancouver, British Columbia
February 15, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta
Darryl Hearnden beloved husband of Judith Hearnden of Calgary, passed away on February 15, 2017 at the age of 76 years.
Darryl was born on April 13th, 1940 in Vancouver, BC to John (Jack) and Meta Hearnden. His family moved many times throughout the interior of BC while he was growing up. He often shared stories of growing up and always felt that he had a wonderful childhood. He and his siblings would come up with the most imaginative games which gave him the skillset as an adult to become a proven problem solver as he frequently came up with solutions that were “outside the box”.
His dad taught him all he knew about mechanics which inspired a lifelong love of all things mechanical. One of his hobbies as a young man was to build boats alongside his father and brother. After retirement, he and a friend spent many hours revisiting that hobby. As a young man he also raced cars.
While participating in a sports car rally in Vernon in 1964, he met the love of his life. Darryl and Judy were engaged 6 weeks later, and married 8 months after that. Dad and Mom moved many times over their 51 ½ years of marriage and Dad had many different occupations. Eventually he was introduced to the Hydraulics field through a friend which changed the course of his life.
Dad earned his Hydraulics Engineering ticket along with many other tickets, working as a salesman and engineer for Basic Hydraulics, Denison Hydraulics, and finally Parker Hydraulics. He very much enjoyed this career path as he loved travelling and meeting people and his job offered him many opportunities to do both.
He retired at 70 years of age in September 2010. In the summer of 2011, he and Mom with many of their friends, went camping on Vancouver Island, BC. While there, he ended up getting sick and was taken to hospital. Little did they know this would start their long journey with COPD. Though he had a few good years, they never travelled too far from home as they didn’t know when a flare-up with COPD would happen. They never dreamed their journey would end so soon or that they wouldn’t get to do so many of the things they planned.
Darryl leaves behind his loving and devoted wife Judy; his daughters Moneen (Tim) Wuthrich and Darlene Louie; his son Michael Lawrence; his ex-son-in-law Stephen Louie; as well as his beloved grandchildren who were undoubtedly his pride and joy, Alisha, Lynay, and Joshua Wuthrich and Ashley Neil. He also leaves behind his sister Maureen Webber of Quesnel, BC; his brother Terry (Shirley) Hearnden of Smithers, BC as well as their children and Judy’s extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents John “Jack” and Meta Hearnden; his brother “baby” Hearnden; his son Sean Patrick Hearnden; his granddaughter Megan Marie Wuthrich; his in-laws Halley and Marguerite Nilson; as well as many loving pets.
As per Darryl’s wishes no formal services will be held, the family will have a barbeque in his honor in the summer. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Darryl Hearnden, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403- 248-8585.
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