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HERSAK, Arnold Theodore

January 24, 1940 – November 21, 2018   

With broken hearts, we announce the passing of Arnold Hersak at the age of 78, peacefully on November 21, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta. This kind and gentle man will be lovingly remembered by his wife Barbara of 55 years, son Doug (Elly), daughter Sheila, son in law Kevin and grandchildren Carson and Samara Blonde.

Born on a snowy and cold January 24th, 1940 in Oakburn, Manitoba, Mike and Helen raised Arnold and his brothers and sisters on their family farm.  After graduating from Shoal Lake Collegiate he achieved a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba.  A rewarding career as an Educator and an Administrator followed until his retirement in 1996.  Being such an optimistic, patient and generous person contributed to his successful career and ability to build meaningful relationships with family and friends.

Our creative adventurer could build and fix anything and approached each challenge methodically and persistently.  He was self taught on several musical instruments, enjoyed woodworking, loved reading and would often memorize and recite his favourite poetry.  Whether snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, canoeing or cooking over his beloved fire pit at his Oak Lake cabin, he loved the outdoors.  Perhaps, the role held dearest to his heart was being the best Papa to his prized Grandchildren.  His positive influence is evident in these two amazing individuals.

Memories of Arnold will be treasured by his extensive extended family including his sister Evelyn (Mel Zemliak), brothers Zane and Eugene, brother in law Daryle Kachan as well as numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews and countless friends. He was predeceased by his parents Mike and Helen, sister Karen and brother Barry.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB), on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to their local Alzheimer Society or to another charity of choice.

In living memory of Arnold Hersak, 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. To Barb and family,
    Sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing.
    My favourite cousin is now at rest, He has left me with some wonderful memories of the times when we were young living at Shoal Lake and Oakburn. Manitoba. So much to recollect!
    Rest in peace, Arnold.
    Roman Hrytsak

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  2. To Barb and Family’
    So sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing. My first memory of Arnold occurred when I was 6 years old. He must have been about 18 years old at the time. He came to bale some straw for my dad, Peter. I remember that he made me feel important. He let me ride on the tractor with him and he custom made some really small bales, a size that I could handle.(My dad was not too happy about that)

    About 14 years later Arnold took a summer job marking high school provincial exams in Winnipeg. During this time he stayed at my parent’s home. I can remember many fun evenings playing music and singing songs.

    I’ll always remember him as a fun loving, kind person and even though we didn’t see each other often, I’ll miss him. Rest in peace Arnold.

    AL Hrytsak

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  3. Audrey Partaker :

    To Barbara and Family,
    I am deeply saddened by Arnold’s passing. Arnold was such a pleasant person with an easy smile and kind heart.
    Cousin Audrey Partaker (daughter of Peter & Nell Hrytsak)

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  4. Lorna & Merril Kiliwnik :

    Our deepest sympathy to you Barb and your family. Treasure the memories.

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  5. NELSON & JUDI HYRSAK
    To Barb and Family,
    We have many fond memories of our times together from university,teaching and
    retirement days.
    You are all in our prayers.
    Nelson & Judi

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  6. John and Kay Mowbray :

    To Barb,
    Our heart felt sympathy to you and your family.
    So Sorry to hear of Arnolds passing.
    I have many fond memories of the early Shoal Lake days.
    Stay strong and God Bless you.

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  7. To Barb, Doug, Shelia & Families,

    I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Arnold. I worked with Arnold from 1983 to 1990 at King George School in Brandon, and I have very fond memories of that time. We all worked hard on behalf of the children but there was always a wonderful blend of love ‘n laughter. Arnold had a really good sense of humor, and was very kind to everyone. He really took part in the daily jokes staff played on one another, with a big smile. He will be missed by all who knew and cared for him. May fond memories sustain you at this difficult time. My sincere Condolences.

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  8. To Arnold’s family, my sincere condolences. Arnold had a special place in my mother’s heart (Mary Derkatch) because he was the first baby she babysat and she often told the story of this first experience. I appreciated the phone calls from Arnold after dad’s passing as he regularly checked on how mom was doing. I will always remember Arnold’s warm smile and gentle nature. As an educator myself, I would have loved the opportunity to have worked with Arnold. Hold dear, your precious memories of Arnold.

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  9. Roxie Antonation :

    Dear Barb and family,
    I was saddened to hear of Arnold’s passing. He was a great cousin to be around when we visited on the farm. Always a kind and gentle man, he will be missed.
    Our deepest condolences,
    Roxie and Ron

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  10. Barb (Preston) and Ray Sitter :

    We were sorry to hear that Arnold had passed away and are thinking of you, Barbara and family, with sympathy. It has been a long time since our paths have crossed. Many fun times we had in Shoal Lake

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  11. Mrs. Hersak & Family,

    Please accept my condolences in your loss. Mr. Hersak was the Principal for several years while I attended King George, and he taught me in Grade 5.

    I remember him as a very sincere, patient and wise man. He was always fully involved in the school’s activities, and took a keen interest in all students. I fondly recall playing the occasional game of crib with him at recess, and when introduced our class to his Mastermind game.

    May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

    Hugh.

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  12. Dear Barb, Sheila, Doug & families: We were very sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing. May your special memories be a comfort to all of you at this sad time. Sincerely, Bill & Norma Edwards

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  13. Fond memories of mike hrysak helping my deceased dad(Henry Bomek) with fall harvesting and mikes good Jokes. Somehow Arnold had given me a valentine which I had cherished during my teenage years. I last saw Arnold at the raven lake/shoal lake reunion. Fond memories. Barb .. My sincere condolences.

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  14. Harold and Betty Stewart :

    Dear Barb and family. We were very sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing. His sense of humour, his laughter and compassion for others will be remembered. My years of working with Arnold at King George School and Harold’s connection through the Principals Association give us many memories of special time together.
    Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Sincerely, Harold and Betty Stewart

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  15. Carol Yushchyshyn :

    Dearest Barb, it has been 68 years since we were school chums and best friends in Shoal Lake; a time I remember fondly. I know well the deep loss of one’s life partner and send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family, love and God’s blessing, Carol ( Beamish) Yushchyshyn

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  16. Ray &Betty MacDonald :

    Our deepest sympathy to Barb andArnold’s family on his passing.We are close to Ev & Mel and extend our condolences to them also.I didn’t know Arnold that well even though we are cousins but lost touch as I live in BC now.RIP Arnold

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  17. Daryle Kachan :

    It was an honour to call Arnold my brother in law for many many years. Great memories to numerous to mention individually
    Rest in peace Arnold and lots of love and hugs to Barb and family.

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  18. Synthia Wright (Hawton) :

    Barb and family:
    My deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of Arnold. He was my principal at King George School in Brandon and I remember fondly the hilarious times we had working together there. The kids loved his banjo and his sense of humour. What good times and crazy staff pranks! Thinking of you through this difficult season,

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  19. Kathy Rosato (Schimke) :

    Dear Barb and Family,
    So very sad to hear of Arnold’s passing. Arnold gave me my first teaching job at King George School. He was a passionate educator – always there for each and every child- and a very kind, fair and supportive administrator. He was such a great sport and all round positive human being. I will never forget my King George years and am so grateful and honored to have known Arnold. I wish you all much strength during this very difficult time.

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