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December 9, 1920 – July 13, 2010

Sam Herchak, loving husband of wife, Margaret, and loving father of children, Louise (Jeff), Dr. Rodney, Gayle (Nick) and Glenn (Maureen) passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at the Chinook Care Centre surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by his daughter, Arlene, and his parents, Agnes and Wasyl Herchak. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jennifer, Paul, Steven, Bradley, Christie, Alicia and Bridget.

Sam was born in Marco, Manitoba, the eldest of a family of eleven brothers and sisters.

By the age of 14, Sam was working actively on the family farm, on area farms and, later, as a contractor cutting firewood in Manitoba and in Ontario. He was called to serve in the Royal Canadian Artillery, Eastern Command as a Gunner from 1943 to 1945. After the war, he returned home to Manitoba to continue farming, where he and several brothers built their own homes and farmed successfully for a number of years.

In 1951, Sam wed Margaret Tymkiw in Solsgirth, Manitoba. The family moved to Calgary in 1955. Until 1964, he held several jobs as a carpenter and tradesman, driving mail trucks for Canada Post in Alberta and British Columbia and working at the RCAF base at Lincoln Park. He began his long and successful career as a heavy duty mechanic, working across Western Canada with many large companies.

Sam was devoted to his family, going on many fishing and camping trips, barbecuing for large family gatherings, and building works of art made of wood. He was a strong, kind, and quiet man.

Family and friends are invited to prayers at MCINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel, (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

The Funeral Service will be held at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, (729 – 6 Street N.E.), on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service will be at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Please forward condolences through The Herchak family expresses its sincere thanks to the nurses and staff of the Chinook Care Centre for their care and warm support of Sam and family. If friends and family so desire, memorial contributions may be made directly to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church.

In living memory of Sam Herchak, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Susan Currie :

    Glenn, we are so sorry to learn of the loss of your Father. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. He sounds like he was a wonderful and talented man.
    With sympathy,
    Susan, Wade & Mia

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  2. Bruce Chrumka :

    To Rod, Gayle and the Herchak family,

    We offer our deepest condolences and hope that your grief will soon be eased with your wonderful memories of Sam and the solace you take with each other.

    Very best wishes,

    Bruce and Carlene Chrumka

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  3. Denis McGrath :

    To the Herchak Family

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of your husband/father.

    It has been may years since I lived on 7th Street SW.

    Please know I remember Mr. Herchak as being a kind and friendly man at all times.

    I am sure you will be comforted by many wonderful memories.


    Denis McGrath

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  4. Tom Michaluk :

    Pls, if possible, give to Rod Herchak tomorrow:
    Dear Mrs. Herchak, Louise/Rod/Gayle/Glen and all grandchildren:

    My deepest heart felt condolences and tears go to all of you about Mr. Herchak…… in the biggest life picture, for what I can remmber is was/is a good man, amoung men.

    Tom Michaluk

    Rod: pls could you call me in Aug.

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  5. Sam is entered in my book – for souls I pray for in addoration

    God bless you

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  6. Minette Ross :

    Gayle, so sorry to hear of you father’s death. I hope you are all coping as well as can be expected. have missed being a part of your life for such a long time. If you have the inclination, please get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you. minette

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