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HLEUKA, Ronald Joseph

January 30, 1929 – Diamond City, Alberta
May 30, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Ron, beloved husband of Helen of Calgary, AB, passed away with his family by his side on May 30, 2018 at the age of 89 years.

Ron was born in Diamond City, AB and regaled his family with stories of growing up in the midst of the depression. The family moved to the Crowsnest Pass when Ron was in his teens. It was there that he met the love of his life, beautiful Helen Pachkowski. She reports sneaking out of class to watch him ring the school bell and their love flourished amidst the grandeur of the mountains. Ron was an avid athlete, playing hockey and baseball, proportedly making ‘the greatest catch of all time’, a triple play that cinched a win for the Coleman team. Although he loved all sports, his heart belonged to fishing, and he spent countless hours on the rivers and streams in the Crowsnest Pass, sharing his home spun philosophy and fishing tips with his children, nieces and nephews. Like his brother and father, Ron worked in the coal mine; walking to the mine with his brother and dad were among his fondest memories.

Ron and Helen moved to Calgary where he worked as a vacuum cleaner salesman, milkman and finally entered the oil patch where he stayed for the entirety of his career. He worked on every Discovery Well in Alberta and was the life of the party at trade shows, golf tournaments and curling bonspeils, performing near stand up comedy routines as he connected with colleagues that became lifelong friends. Helen and Ron traveled extensively in his retirement; he discovered fishing lodges, and enjoyed several trips with his ‘boys’. He ‘floated the Bow’ at age 89, enjoying being on the river one last time. He passed along his love of fishing, travel and cooking to his granddaughter Natasha; she now is the only one who knows how to make his special turkey dressing.

Ron was practical and thoughtful; his family will miss calling him for advice on everything from home repairs to calculating expense accounts. His love of family grew deeper through the years, and he remained the ‘head of the family’ until he drew his last breath. We cherish his memory and know that he is striding the streams, laughing and telling stories. Tight line, Ron.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of sixty-eight years, Helen; his children, Kathy and Terry, son-in-law Ian and granddaughter Natasha. He also leaves his adored nieces and nephews and several life-long friends, each of whom remember him for his hearty laugh, zest for life and generous spirit. Ron was predeceased by his parents Nicholas and Carmen, brother Bob, sister Dorothy and brother in law Johnny.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Ron Hleuka, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Carmen Markin :

    My heart is aching for your family but know he is up in heaven playing tricks on St Peter with my mom. Prayers going your way
    Love Cousin Carmen3

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  2. Josephine Lampel :

    Dear Helen and family:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron B, Ken S and your Ron are probably having a round of golf. Ron was always so caring. He will be missed by all of you and your friends.

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