December 12, 1918 – August 30, 2013.
Hermen passed away peacefully into his heavenly rest at the age of 94. He was born in Gleichen and raised in Arrowwood, Alberta. In 1939 Hermen interrupted his university education in his chosen field of Journalism to join I Troop, 112 Battery of the Lethbridge Artillery Regiment. He served overseas during World War II, training in England and then serving in active combat that took him through France, Belgium, Holland and Northern Germany.
Post war, he graduated from the University of Alberta as a Petroleum Engineer in 1951. He had a long and distinguished career, eventually retiring from the oil patch at the age of 88. He had worked with a number of oil and gas companies through his career before becoming an independent Management Consultant in 1976 until his retirement in 2006.
Hermen was predeceased by his parents, George and Isabel Leith, his only sister and brother in law, Willa and Frank Clowes and by his beloved wife Margaret in 2012. He leaves to mourn his daughters and their husbands, Willa and Craig; Donna and Bill; his grandchildren and their spouses: Darren, Lisa and Andrew, Daryl and Lori, Karen and Blake, Kim and Mike, Jeff and Carla: 9 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Dad was a man of many accomplishments with wide variety of interests. He was a long time member of the Calgary Petroleum Club, the Glencoe Club in Calgary. He had a passion for horses, as a teenager he was an outrider for the chuckwagon races with the Calgary Stampede in its early days. Later in life he was an enthusiastic attender at the Calgary horse races. Owning his own racehorses and appearing in the Winner’s Circle was one of the many highlights of his life. An avid fisherman and an accomplished woodworker, Dad loved all things literary.
He will be long remembered as a scholar and a gentleman. A champion for First Nations peoples, he was a kind, patient, soft spoken man of keen wit and wry humor, a master storyteller. His example of resilience, resolve, perseverance, ingenuity, compassion and fortitude has left a legacy that his family will long treasure.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to the Calgary Poppy Fund, www.calgarypoppyfund.com, or the Canadian Cancer Society, www.cancer.ca
In living memory of Hermen Leith a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences