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HARCSA, Thomas

October 28, 1947 – Neszmély, Hungary
October 24, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

“No permanence is ours, we are a wave that flows to fit whatever form it finds.”
-Herman Hesse

Thomas Harcsa, middle son of Ida and (the late) Julius Harcsa, soul-mate and loving husband of Alice and proud father of Lenke has completed his final journey to eternal peace.
Thomas arrived in Calgary in 1957 after leaving his birthplace; Neszmély, during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. From an early age he had a passion for Visual Arts and was always sketching, painting, sculpting, or planning a new idea. He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, skiing, loved playing hockey and was a strong supporter, and fan of, the Calgary Stampeders and the Flames. He was a quiet, modest, humble and loving man, with a smile that radiated his joy, love, compassion and acceptance.
Thomas met his cherished wife through the Hungarian Presbyterian Youth Group, and they experienced love at first sight. As a proud member of the Hungarian community, Thomas celebrated local Hungarian Artists through the Arts Association and enjoyed an active role in the Hungarian Cultural Centre. His numerous contributions included donated artworks, planning of art exhibitions, and often sharing his expertise as the designer and leader in the construction of the Hungarian Cultural Centre’s Stampede Parade Floats. Thomas’ commitment to Hungarian Culture also led to his seat on the Alberta Heritage Council as the representative for the Hungarian Community, a position he proudly held for many years.
Thomas completed a Master’s Degree in Education, and went on to teach Secondary Art for more than 20 years at Sir Winston Churchill High School, until 2003. He has inspired many hundreds of students. But it was not only his love and skill for art and education that resonated with so many. In the art room, he created a safe space of acceptance, fairness, creativity and respect that many people were drawn to; students with diverse backgrounds and interests, differing personalities, artistic or not felt comfortable. There, Art was not just a skill to learn, but the act of making art, itself, opened a space for opinions, curiosity and new perspectives. He has shared so much and affected so many students who will carry fond memories of him always.
In addition to his teaching career, art informed many aspects of Thomas’ life. He realized his dream of designing and building a unique dream home in nature, and he left a huge artistic footprint. For many years, his dream home evolved with hand-made additions to playgrounds, decks and garden landscapes. A work of art, itself, the dream home he created now also holds a beautiful space for Thomas’ large sculptures, which he made after retirement and exhibited in a group show at (what was) Triangle Gallery. In addition to his art making, involvement in the Bragg Creek Artisans through the 80’s, early 90’s and 2000’s meant a great deal to him.
Thomas was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2001, he managed the disease with dignity and strength. He lives on in the hearts of everyone who knew him. The family would like to give thanks to homecare support and the dedicated staff at Age Care Seton.
He leaves behind his wife; Alice, daughter; Lenke (Nick), mother; Ida, brothers; Julius (Eva) and Csaba (Lisa), nieces; Zsuzsanna (Trevor and sons; Anthony, Taylor, (Jamie), Emese (Chris and son; Michael, daughter; Evelyn) and Ildiko, nephew; Peter (Christina and sons; Indra, Chander)

At his request, no formal service will be held.

In living memory of Thomas Harcsa, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Judy. Len, Dean, Reid McCord and family send our deepest condolences on the passing of Thomas. Our memories of Thomas will always remain in our hearts. He was a friend, godfather and teacher to us and he will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with Alice,Lenke and the rest of the family at this difficult time.

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  2. Susanna Hartmann :

    My deepest sympathy to the whole family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  3. John & Sylvia Wickham :

    Alice and Lenke and families, you have our deepest condolences at this sad time. Thomas was an inspirational, talented, gentle and very kind friend who left an indelible memory of his presence on this earth for all to remember. We wish you peace and grace and know that we are here for you in the difficult times ahead, whatever you needs should be.

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  4. Alexander, Maria, & Alex Jr Biro :

    Aliz and Lenke and Harcsa Family, please accept our sincerest heartfelt and deepest condolences in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  5. Irene and George Liston :

    Alice, Lenke and Nick: just heard about your loss. Everyone who knew Thomas has lost the friendship of a gentle, generous man. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

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  6. Leonora and John Pauls :

    “Love lives on… in the little things you shared, in the moments you’ll always treasure, in the smiles you can never forget.” May the memories of the special love you shared with Thomas bring you solace and comfort especially during these days of mourning. Our hearts go out to you Alice, Lenke, and Nick

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  7. Beverley & Wade Eastveld :

    Alice, Lenke,& Family, We are very sorry for your loss!! Thomas was a very quiet, loving soul !! We have missed seeing him on his daily walks. He always smiled, nodded ” Hello “,sometimes stopping for a quick chat. No matter how he felt, Tom always smiled ! We will always remember those happy times.

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  8. Elizabeth and Don Hoole :

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Our prayers are with you all at this sad time.

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  9. Nagyfi Lászlóné :

    Nagyfi Zsuzsa és Családja

    Drága Elzi és Családod!
    Fogadjátok őszinte Részvétünket ! Tamás egy kedves, tehetséges, kreatív, sokoldalú ember volt. Adjon erőt, hogy ilyen emberrel élhettél Elzikém és mindent megtettél érte türelemmel viselt hosszú betegsége alatt.
    Emléke szívünkben örökké élni fog!
    Szép megemlékezést írtatok Tamás Életéről!
    Sok erőt kívánunk szeretettel Zsuzsi és családja Laci ,Évi és kis Lacika

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  10. Alice and family. I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences. May the good Lord embrace you in this difficult time. May good memories you and Thomas had with each other keep you atrong. Love and prayers.

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  11. Nina Dumulot-Therapy Assistant Agecare :

    Alice and family, I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength and peace that you need to get through this very difficult time. My most sincere condolences…

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  12. Doris & Dave Hawkins :

    Dear Alice. Please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of Thomas. What a wonderful tribute to a very special man. We have fond memories of meeting you on walks, visiting your home in Leisure Lake Estates and marvelling at Thomas’ creations. What a treasure of memories.

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  13. Hello Alice,

    I just wanted to send my heart felt condolences to you on the passing of Thomas.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    I have to say Thomas was one of the nicest people and teacher I have ever met. Also a legend, great artist and proud to call him my godfather.

    Sending you big hugs.

    Love,

    Dean McCord

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