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HUBER, Allen (Shorty) Wallace

May 25, 1920 – June 24, 2012

Allen (Shorty) Huber of Calgary passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at the age of 92 years.

Allen loved the outdoors and was a hunter and avid gardener. He found his greatest joy when fishing. Some of his favourite times were spent near the Belly River with life-long friends, including Bernie and Marge Charles. He and his dear friend Jenny continued on with fishing expeditions until he reached the age of ninety.

Allen was a colourful character and will be remembered for his generosity with those he loved, his annual Stampede pancake breakfast, his strong will, tenacity, and boundless energy. Until the end, he willed himself to keep moving and interacting with the outside world despite his ever increasing physical limitations. Allen readily made friends and enjoyed visiting. For many years he was a regular at Friends Cappuccino Bar where Margie, the owner, always welcomed him warmly.

Allen is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Sylvia Huber; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol Huber and Dan McKinnon and Cathy and Malcolm Fry; six grandchildren, Greg Huber (Yulia Rudko), Shannon (Stephane) Collard, Naseem Jarjoura (Alisa Smith), Ben McMullan, Sarah and Elise Mathison; four great-grandchildren, Sebastian and Alexander Collard, Zefi and Janey Jarjoura. He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law Doreen and Peter Laba; brother and sister-in-law George and June Huber; his loving companion Jenny Declercq; numerous nieces and nephews; and his ‘adopted’ family Darlene, Brent, Lauren, and Jordan Cooper.

Allen was predeceased by his wife Lavina in 1996; two brothers Reuben and Archie and a sister Alice, and son-in-law Rick Mathison. He held a special place in his heart for his mother Mary and laid flowers on her grave for over 70 years. Now they are together again.

A gathering to celebrate Allen’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through If desired, memorial donations can be made directly to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Telephone: 1-800-465-8005. Allen’s family would like to thank the many friends and health care providers who have supported him throughout the years.

In living memory of Allen Huber, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Lynn Marin and Dawna Santer :

    Our sincere condolences to all of Al’s family. We will always remember the fun times Al and mom had. Lynn and Dawna

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  2. Douglas Good :

    Our condolences to all the Huber family, especially to Dennis, Carol, Cathy and their families. I remember with a smile the times we all met with Allen and Lavina many years ago. Doug, Rocio, Gaby and Andrew.

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  3. Trev Lancaster :

    I was so sorry to read of Shorty’s passing. My sincere condolences to all of you. I’ll never forget our fishing trips up the Belly River to “The Lake” and camping there in the open after what seemed like an all night climb. Great fellowship as well as great fishing. Doreen would have been devastated at this news. Thanks Shorty!

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  4. Gus & Dorothy Van Hee :

    We convey our sincere condolences to you and your family, Greg. I can see from his obituary that you will have many cherished memories of your grandpa.

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  5. Bob and Heather Cartwright :

    Dennis, Carol & Cathy and your families
    We are so sorry for your loss. Al was such a great friend to my Dad (Marshall Laidlaw) they hunted, fished, visited, and many many hours on the phone these last few years. Even after my Dad passed Al would call me for a short talk it was good to hear from him. We just want to let you all know that you’re in our thoughts. Im sorry we did not know earier.
    Remember your memories will always be treasures
    “A well-lived life leaves beautiful treasures shining on our shores.”

    Please pass on our condolences to Mrs Laba for us as well.

    Heather and Bob Cartwright

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