February 6, 1931 – Lethbridge, Alberta
April 14, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Leroy Cecil Rowell Hutton passed away peacefully on April 14, 2017 at the age of 86 years old with his 3 daughters, best friend/partner by his side.
Lee was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on February 6th, 1931. He began his career at the City of Calgary, where he would spend the next 36 years working in the payroll department. He very much enjoyed his time working but had many other passions. Camping was one, lots of family road trips to the Okanagan, summer’s in Banff, feeding group squirrels and spending sunny days at Lake Minnewanka with his daughters.
Dad was lucky enough to retire at the young age of 55. He developed friendships with work colleagues over the years and kept these special friends close by. There was a bond like no other with this group of people that often sat in the well-known “Ralph Klein” corner at the St. Louis hotel after work on Fridays. He looked forward to Stampede, surrounding himself with old colleagues, friends, his daughters (and their friends), and even strangers would stop by the table to have a visit. Dad did not like to miss Friday lunch to have the chicken and chips and to bet that one loonie on those famous horse races. We all know, he liked to win!
Early spring and summer mornings, you could always find dad at Shaganappi golf course. He had another group of special friends here, that he always referred to the as “my golf buddies”. You could see it in his eyes, and hear it in his voice —they were truly “buddies” to him.
Dad spent winters hanging out, watching sports, and enjoying road trips. Together, Joyce and Lee went on a 2-week Rocky Mountain train trip across the Canada- “this was a trip of a lifetime” he always said. He even talked about it in his last days.
Dad disliked flying but we were able to talk him into a whirlwind 5-day trip to Scotland in 2002, a dream trip he had often thought about doing as a boy. He visited every stop on his list: starting out at Glasgow, Edinborough, Carnoustie Links and most memorable, was when he walked across the famous Swilken Bridge at St Andrews. He loved that trip and it was one of his last times getting on a plane.
The annual Father’s Day road trip to Invermere was always a wonderful family weekend that we would all look forward to. Crazy times, lots of laughs, good food, good golfing, great music and lots of dancing. Dad loved to dance, he slowed down a bit as the years went by but we were able to get him up again attempting the “jive” at 83 years old. That was quite the “feat” in itself but that smile and twinkle in his eye was still there.
In true stubborn form, Lee fought for his breath and kept his sharp wit until the very last minute. It was a blessing to have had the chance to discover a soft heart underneath his tough exterior, and comforting to know he left surrounded by love…
Lee is survived by his loving partner Joyce Lunn, his 3 daughters, Lee (Murray), three grandchildren; Brett, Cole and Kellie, Traci (Barry) and Kory, all of Calgary.
There will be no funeral service held at Lee’s request but there will be a Celebration of Lee’s Life at the # 284 Legion (606 38th Avenue NE) on Thursday, May 4, between 1-5 pm. This is an open invitation to whoever was lucky enough to know our dad…come have a drink or just a visit in his memory if you can.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Lee Hutton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences