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HOGGARD, John Wilfred

March 22, 1930 – December 8, 2018

John Wilfred Hoggard passed away peacefully on December 8, 2018 at the Rockyview Hospital at the age of 88 years.

John was born in Edmonton, AB where he completed his schooling, including a draftsman diploma at NAIT. After working for the City of Edmonton, John moved to Calgary in 1954 where he worked for T. Lamb McManus and Associates.

After moving to Calgary, John was introduced to Shirley by his sister Joan who brought her friend home from church one day. John’s persistence paid off and the two were married in 1965.

They spent 45 years together raising their family and enjoying the outdoors including camping, hiking, golfing and their yard. Extending his love of the outdoors and gardening, John started Ho-Gardening Services in 1981 when he recognized the need for affordable lawn services that would help elderly people stay longer in their own homes.

John was a founding member of the Cantrak Model Railway Society and enjoyed spending hours working on the finest details of his ‘N’ scale passion; building extravagant, intricate layouts that went on to win awards at various train shows around Alberta.

John is survived by his children Graham (Rhonda) Hoggard and Carol (Rob) Craig; his grandchildren Hailey, Emily, Lucas, Logan and Katelyn; his sisters Gladys (Les) Blundell, Joan Hoggard, and Shirley (Jim) Johnson.

He was predeceased by his wife Shirley (nee Oakenfold), his father Wilfred, his mother Winnifred (nee Wilson), and his sister Doreen (Ozzie) Kohlruss.

As per John’s wishes no services will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of John Hoggard, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. John was the inspiration I needed to become an N scale enthusiast back in 2000 when I first saw his breathtaking Edmonton,Yukon and Pacific Layout. He was a gracious mentor, great friend, gentleman and the kindness person I’ve ever known. Deepest sympathies to Graham and Carol and their families, we partake in your grief.

    Rest in Peace John

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  2. I met John when he was in his mid-seventies through badminton. I learned of Shirley’s declining health and I admired his daily dedication to her needs. I don’t remember how the subject came up but we started talking about his hobby making model railways. My dad has always loved trains and had dabbled in HO scale with my brother when we were kids so I found the conversation very interesting even though John thought I was just “humoring an old man”. He brought a few photos of his railway model and I was stunned by the detail of his design and asked if I could come see the real deal which I did several weeks later. I was amazed by the sheer size of his model and all the incredible care and attention to the smallest details; in particular the beautiful replica of the Ukranian church he built from a photo he had taken in Saskatchewan. I was fascinated by the thousands of little trees he’d made and he showed me the labour intensive process of rolling the little wooden sticks in glue and foam prior to hand painting. John was an artist and it was a really enjoyable afternoon. He told me that my interest had inspired him to start working on his model again and that he’d built a new little town and he’d named it “Arlene” after me. Needless to say, he made my day! When my dad was visiting from Lethbridge I called John to see if we could come over as I knew my dad would be as impressed with his model railway as I was. John and my dad spend hours talking about trains and various train lines and John showed him his inventory of railcars. My dad loved it! I know it was John’s hope the one of his grandchildren would share his passion for model railroads. My dad has since passed away as well so I can empathize with your loss. John was such a sweet and gentle man and I’m so glad I got to meet him.

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