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HALL, Howard William

January 11, 1932 – Vandura, Saskatchewan
May 12, 2018 – Rocky View County, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Howard Hall, beloved husband of Kathleen, father and grandfather, mentor, and friend. This proud family man and retired Chief Superintendent of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police passed away peacefully at home on Saturday May 12th, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer.

Born outside of Vandura, Saskatchewan on January 11, 1932, he was the youngest of seven children all of whom were raised on the family farm. Howard joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1950 and shortly thereafter met and married Kathleen, his loving wife of 62 years. His career allowed him and his family to make countless friends and have many wonderful experiences throughout his postings across Canada. Zeballos, Campbell River, and Victoria, BC, along with Ottawa, Ontario, Calgary, Alberta, and Regina, Saskatchewan all played a prominent role in the life and times of Howard Hall. After 35 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Howard retired in 1985 as a leader, mentor, and with the rank of Chief Superintendent.

Howard was a loving and caring husband, father, and friend. He felt enormous pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and he always put family and friends before himself. We will miss the quiet talks, his joyous, heartfelt laughter, his sharp wit, and that most dry sense of humor. He was a strong, silent leader whose wisdom and guidance allowed him to succeed in the RCMP and be a wonderful patriarch for the Hall family. He has touched many lives and will be truly missed by all who have come to know him. He holds a special place in our hearts that will never fade.

He is lovingly remembered by his family; wife, Kathleen; children, Andrew (Rhonda) of Ottawa, ON, Cheryl (Mark) of Calgary, AB, Shari (Shane) of Deep Bay, BC, and Trevor (Gail) of Calgary, AB; along with his grandchildren, Matt, Evan, Danielle, Connor, Sarah, and Alyssa of Calgary, AB, He will also be fondly remembered by his one brother Leonard (Whitehorse, YT) and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. He is predeceased by his parents Percival and Florence; brothers, Victor, Wilson, and Arnold; sisters Gladys and Helen.

The family will hold a private Celebration of Howard’s Life. Condolences may be forwarded through
In living memory of Howard Hall, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E., Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Trevor, Gail, Alyssa, Danielle & Sarah,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your father and grandfather. He was a long time client of mine and an amazing man and I loved our conversations & laughs. He will hold a special place in my heart. He will always watch over each of you and enjoy all your games. Sending my love and prayers to you all during this difficult time.
    Shawna Diano

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  2. Rick & Corol Galuska

    We are so sorry to hear the sad news. Our thoughts and well wishes are with all of you.

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  3. I have such fond memories of my uncle Howard, whether the occasion was in Melita, Kenosee Lake, Calgary, Victoria, or anywhere else we happened to cross paths. He was always kind, with a stoic nature that belied the cracking sense of humour that he also possessed. I can freely admit to dropping his name at times when having a casual discussion at the side of the road with a nice RCMP officer – it was a testament to Howard’s familiarity and reputation with the members of the RCMP. It didn’t always help the situation but it certainly didn’t hurt, I think. At my mom’s funeral, Howard once glanced over the top of his sunglasses at my wife, Diane, and I and he definitely retained the ability to get your attention just by looking at you – his RCMP training ran deep and long.

    Uncle Howard and aunt Kaye’s family was always the focus of their attention and love. I know that they were proud of their children and deservedly so: they’re a great bunch of kids that always united as family no matter the situation. I imagine at this time they’re more united than ever. Uncle Howard was the bedrock of the family and that’s a large gap to fill. It’ll take time but I know they’ll make the absolute best of the situation.

    My deepest condolences to Aunt Kaye, Andy, Cheryl, Sherry, and Trevor. I’ll always have fond memories of their dad and equal regard for the entire family. I intended to visit the Calgary area in June to visit with Howard and Kaye but sadly it was too late for that. Hopefully we can get together soon.

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  4. Dear Hall Family
    They say that when old person passes it’s as if a library has crumbled. I know you will all find this to be true. I also know how deeply connected you all are and that love defies the boundaries of physical life. He is engraved in your very beings and will always remain so, on your hearts and in your memories.
    Sending love to you all
    Wendy Hiltz

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  5. Cheryl… and to all the Hall family. I was so glad to have met your dad. His actions and smile showed he loved his family very much. So sorry for your loss…memories are a beautiful thing, and you will have lots. You all have a part of him in you… that, I think, is priceless.

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  6. Betty Gilchrist

    Dear Howard, I remember all the funny things you said to me. It was a wonderful time of our lives. Kay was & is a special long time friend, we met our husbands at the same, Howard & Bill were good friend recently grads from RCMP training. Maybe they are together again. Much love to all the family. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Love Betty.

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  7. Janice Sommerfeld

    Dear Aunty Kay and family. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Howard. He was a very special man and a dear friend to my Mom and Dad. I am so happy to have seen him the last time you were visiting out this way. I hope he and my Dad Bill are back together up in heaven enjoying each other again. Thinking of you all.
    Love Janice(Gilchrist) and Harvey Sommerfeld

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  8. Nadine and Barry Pawlak

    It was my great delight and pleasure to have known Howard. He was an unassuming man of wisdom and good humour. His ability to maintain a calm demeanour and demonstrate leadership no matter the circumstance made him easy to admire. He was a great man!
    My condolences to the entire Hall family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

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  9. Deb Pendergast

    Such a beautiful tribute. Hugs to all. You are in our thoughts.

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  10. Karen Mitchell

    Cheryl & Trevor-
    Wishing you peace at this time of sorrow. Condolences to all the Hall family.

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  11. Orv & Val Coulter

    We have fond memories of so many good times with Kay & Howard and their young family in Victoria. Howard, who loved to sing and dance, became a great “caller” for our square dance club. Orv remembers being the only civilian on the R.C.M.P. softball team. We know Howard’s passing will be deeply felt by your family. You are all in our thoughts at this most difficult time. Love, Orv & Val Coulter.

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  12. Joyce Porter Kucharski

    I just read that Howard Hall passed away.
    I am his first cousin, his mother auntie Flo and my dad Tommy are brother and sister.
    To the family my deep sympathy to you all.
    May he Rest In Peace.

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  13. Debbie Harder

    Cheryl, Trevor and all of the family and friends. So sad to hear this news. Our fathers have a very special place in our hearts. He will be missed, May your memories give you peace. Love and hugs

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  14. My deepest sympathy to all of Howards family and friends. I know we have been out of touch for many years, but I have fond memories and feel sad to have another family member no longer in our midst. I remember being entertained as a child/ teen by those crazzzzy Hall cousins. Very Sincerely Sandra (Porter) Hill

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  15. I was very sad to hear of Uncle Howard’s passing. I will remember his great sense of humour and continuous smile.

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