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HUDEC, Jack Anthony

May 25, 1949 – Medicine Hat, Alberta
May 31, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Hudec of Calgary, AB, on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the age of 69 years. Jack passed away after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma over the past two years.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Nicole Hudec (Bradshaw), his son, Chris Hudec, his wife Sheena Mills and their daughter, Sophie Hudec, father-in-law, Dean Caskey and his wife Evelyn Caskey. He was predeceased by his parents, Anton and Signe Hudec (Strande), mother-in-law Ruth Caskey, and his sister Joyce Rauch.

Jack was born and raised in Medicine Hat, AB, where he met and later married his high school sweetheart Nicole. During his school years he developed a passion for music and carried into adulthood, as he played drums in two bands. Shortly after getting married, Jack and Nicole moved to St. Albert, AB where they lived for 15 years. During this time, Jack forged many close relationships with bandmates and co-workers at Key Oilfield Services. Jack, a loyal and loving friend, often travelled across Alberta to spend time with friends and family in Medicine Hat. In 1985, the Hudec family moved to Calgary, as Jack took on a leadership role, later becoming the VP of Sales at Weatherford Canada. During these years, Jack enjoyed his leisure time playing golf, skiing in the mountains and attending Chris’ hockey games.

After retiring from Weatherford Canada in 2005, Jack and Nicole traveled extensively taking road trips to many places in the US and Canada. Jack’s pleasure during his retirement years was bonding with friends in Kelowna and Phoenix. Always the entertainer, he loved to listen to music and spending time on his boat in the Okanagan. Recently, Jack’s newfound joy came from his granddaughter Sophie. He was invested in her milestones, and spent as much time as he could singing and reading to her, and most importantly, making her laugh and smile.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Bahlis and the nursing staff at Tom Baker Cancer Center for their care and respectful treatment of Jack during the past two years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Southern Alberta Myeloma Patient Society (SAMPS) research and education fund. (link: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/12818)

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Jack Hudec, 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. Jack Hamer-Jackson :

    Dear Nikki, I have only met you once, but, have shared many golf carts over the years with Jack. What a great guy, he was fun to know, and fun to spend time with. My sincerest condolences to you and your family members. Sincerely, Jack Hamer-Jackson. (member of the Tuesday Kelowna golf group)

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  2. Ray and Bette Tait :

    Jack and Nicki were our neighbours in Kelowna.
    Remembering the good times, dinners, karaoke, and golf with “Jake”.
    He was a great guy, taken far too soon, and will be sadly missed!
    Our sincere condolences to Nicki and family.

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  3. Carolyn Cooledge :

    Dear Nikki,
    Please accept my condolences on Jack’s passing. He & I were so close as children. I’m sorry to have lost touch with him. I’ll always remember riding on the back of his motorcycle.
    Love,
    Carolyn (Drever) Cooledge

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  4. Penny and Porcina(felesky) :

    Dear Nicki and family, So very sorry to hear of Jacks passing. I am very saddened as he was taken far too soon.
    We grew up together and our families were very close so i have many great meMories to cherish. Hope it softens your sorrow Nicki to know that we friends care and send comfort hugs to you at this difficult time. Hoping you can make it to Med Hat sometime so that we can share some great stories of our friend Jack♡

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  5. Julie Rogers :

    We are shocked @ saddened to learn of Jacks passing. Growing up in the Hat – Always a great guy. He will be missed.

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  6. Karen (Mantz) Gardiner :

    My sincere condolences to you Nikki and your family. Words cannot express how sorry I am.

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  7. Trish,Pat, Lauren, Erin & Josh :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Sending love from our family to yours.

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  8. Cindy Andrews :

    So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Terrific person taken too soon. Thoughts and hugs to you and your family Nikki. Cindy Andrews nee Wallace

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  9. Versfeld Family :

    Our condolences to Chris, Sheena and the whole family. We are saddened with this news, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

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  10. GUSTAVO FORERO :

    With great sadness I just knew about Jack’s disease and I would like to say that in the few time that Jack share with me, He and his loving wife, during the period in his visits to the Tom Baker He was one of the most good people I have never knew. I recall his advises regarding camp sites when I was starting and some of his short conversations meantime I was with him. Certainly it is a great loss. My sincere condolences to his family. God bless you(Dios los bendiga, in spanish)

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  11. Leslie Krahn :

    Nikki & family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you. Having lost Glen recently, I understand the journey you are embarking on. Treasure the memories, talk about him and try to be grateful for the time you had, as short as it was. I have found that trying to stay grateful for all I have to live for has helped me immensely. He will be in your hearts forever.
    With love,
    Leslie

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  12. Terry & Gail Horne :

    So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing Nikky. Gail and I have such fond memories of you guys especially the cruise where Jack nick-named us the “Pimp and Bo-Peep”. Unforgettable.
    Our love and condolences to you and your family with special regards to Dean.

    Love, Terry and Gail

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  13. Dear Nikki
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Jacko. We of course go back many years and fondly remember times back in Edmonton and St Albert. Jack was always a character – full of fun. We remember golf outings, partying together, and lots of laughs. To you and Chris and family our sincerest condolence.
    Bill and Judy

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  14. Wade and Barb Gulmick :

    Our condolences to the family on Jack’s passing. We have known this man for up to 40 years, both as a friend and a work mate. Many awesome memories for sure. Jack was a gentleman and a devoted family man. Will miss you greatly, Sir…. Rest in Peace Jack, you earned it..

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  15. Sam and Renate McComb :

    Dear Nicki, Chris, Sheena and Sophie.
    Renate and I are both deeply saddened by Jack’s passing so soon it seems after we met in Arizona. We have had wonderful times with you and Jack, and hope in the future we can share the pleasant memories together with you and the family.

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  16. Jim Tennant :

    To Nicki and the family my deepest sympathies on the loss of Jack. I was very surprised to learn of Jack’s passing and I know he will be a huge loss but hope that you’ll find some comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering. I remember having so much fun together with Jack and the bunch on 10th and 11th Street, my best wishes to the family.

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  17. Lynne/Russ Paulson (Patience) :

    So very sorry to hear about Jacks passing, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jack and I had many fun times growing up on tenth street.

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  18. Mark and Kathy Carry :

    Dear Dean, Evelyn, Nicole and family,
    So very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Please know our thoughts are with you all at this time.
    Sending hugs with our love, Kathy and Mark Carry

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  19. Elaine Rizzuto :

    Our Deepest Condolences to the entire family.

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  20. Gerry Fraser :

    Our warmest condolences, Nikki and Family. We so enjoyed our times with Jack and yourself. We respected Jack for his good nature, his humour, and his warmth and friendship. We particularly admired his caring and kindnesses to your neighbours, David and Beverly Cheadle. His assistance and support in helping us get them back to Thunder Bay is fondly remembered. His frequent and supportive phone calls to David from wherever you were , Calgary, Kelowna, or Arizona, defined his caring and supportive nature. That warmth and kindness will be greatly missed. Much Love, Gerry & Carolyne Fraser

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  21. Dear Nikki and Family — Very sad to hear of Jack’s untimely passing. Same reflections as already posted by Jim and by Lynne, I grew up right next door to Jack on 10 St and still have many fond memories of those great days. Jack was always so outgoing right from childhood and accumulated friends instantly and was always popular with everyone. It is a real testament to his personality when so many others can remember him, growing up as children in the mid 1950’s and as a tribute to his musical talent, I still vividly remember Jack bouncing into the student locker area at school one day in 1963’ish, singing at the top of his voice “Cant Buy Me Love” when the Beatles were just getting attention. I still think of him whenever I hear that song, and I will always covet his friendship in those early years.

    — Bob Keith, Calgary

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  22. Sorry Nikki and family to hear of Jack’s passing. Many fond memories from 10th street through high school. Our prayers and thoughts are with you on this sad occasion.

    Jim & Johanne Reilly, Victoria

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  23. Dolores (Close)& Dave Williamson :

    Thinking of you, Nicki and family during such a sad time. So very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Lots of memories as kids and always a fun house to go to. Please accept our deepest condolences.

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  24. Patricia Dieterle Byron :

    To Nicole and Family,
    I was very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing and send my regards to your beautiful family. He was the most wonderful square dance partner anyone could have. I fondly remember back to 1961, dancing with him at Connaught School. I hope this makes you smile!

    Love,
    – Patricia Dieterle Byron

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