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KOHLS, Harvey Howard

October 5, 1944 – May 4, 2014

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Harvey Kohls at the Rosedale Hospice, following valiant struggles with Lymphoma and the devastating after-effects of intense treatments.

After being raised in Golden Prairie, Saskatchewan, Harvey attended the University of Calgary. Following a successful career as an educator and administrator, he retired from the Calgary Board of Education in 1999. It was in retirement that Harvey found joy in outdoor pursuits such as gardening and Slo-Pitch, while continuing to be an avid curler.

Harvey will be deeply missed by his loving wife Winni, his son Justin Kohls; his step-sons Ryan Stricker, Daryl (Tara) Stricker and Sean Stricker (Kelley); as well as his dear grandson Blake. Also surviving Harvey are his brothers Alfred (Doreen) Kohls and Ray (Jeanette) Kohls, and his sister Marlene (John) McKnight, as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and other extended family members. Harvey was predeceased by his first wife Joanne, his brother Leonard, sister-in-law Carol, and his parents, David and Lydia Kohls.

Memorial Service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church (290 Edgepark Blvd. N.W.) on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If desired, memorial donation may be made to Wellspring Calgary or Canadian Blood Services. The family wishes to thank all the anonymous blood donors who provided hope for recovery in Harvey’s final years.

In living memory of Harvey Kohls, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Mary & Jim Padley

    Dear Marlene, John and family,

    I was so sorry to read about Harvey’s passing in the Herald this morning. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and all of your family. Our prayers are with all of you at this sad and hard time.

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  2. My heartfelt condolences to the family. A lot of memories, all good, from our younger years. Life rushes on, memories are left. Our sympathy. Arden and Karen Erman

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  3. Dale Crooks & Darlene O'Brien

    Dear Justin and the extended Kohls family,
    We are very saddened to hear of Harvey’s passing. He was a super guy and we have many fond memories of him and Joanne and the many sporting activities that we enjoyed with them and our sons. Rest in peace.

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  4. Marlene Harris

    Dear Justin and Family,
    I was so sorry to read of Harvey’s passing in today’s Calgary Herald. And sorry he struggled through his lymphoma cancer treatments. I was fortunate to have known both Harvey and Joanne (Banks) when we were part of the first teacher staff at Varsity Acres Elementary School back in the mid to late 60’s. It was during that time that they were married and the staff held a wedding shower for them. They were both incredibly kind and generous and happy individuals, and excellent teachers. I resigned from teaching to raise my 4 sons but was fortunate to reconnect with Joanne when she and you, not more than a year probably, came over for lunch. Then when I resumed teaching (as a substitute) years later, I encountered Harvey as principal of Buchanan Sch. and much later as a substitute teacher as well (the day I went to sub for Winni, when Harvey was also in the school and explained how happy he was to have found Winni, his 2nd wife, and her sons!) I’m sorry I can’t attend your Dad’s service on Friday morning, and I will miss meeting all of you, but I send my sympathy and condolences on the loss of both your parents, both due to cancer. From another perspective, one positive outcome of Harvey’s passing will be his reconnection with Joanne, as she has been gone for a good many years.
    With love and best wishes to all of you as you celebrate Harvey’s life. May you continue to enjoy living in the legacy of light that he created for all of you and for many others.
    Marlene Harris

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  5. Albin and Jo-Ann Pols

    Dear Winni and family:
    We are very sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. Our condolences to all of you. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time.

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  6. Albin and Jo-Ann Pols

    Dear Shauna and family, Tanya and family and Marlene and John:

    We are sad to hear of Harvey’s passing. We are thinking of you, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  7. Dear Justin, Winni and family,

    My deepest heart felt condolences go out to you during this time of sadness. Though I never had the honour of meeting him Justin always spoke fondly of Harvey. Surely he will be greatly missed. I keep you all in my prayers.

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  8. Lorraine and Ken Weller

    To Justin and family.
    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Harvey gave lots of his time, energy and positivism to minor hockey and all the team participants. Our prayers are with you now and we trust you will find some comfort in God’s warm embrace.
    Sincere condolences. Ken & Lorraine and family

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  9. Ceclie & Jim Gouveia

    To Justin & Family
    It is with a heavy heart that we share our condolences to Justin and his family. Our prayers are with you. Harvey Kohl’s was one of those people that once you meet you will never forget. I met Harvey through minor hockey and we bonded immediately. Those many years of coaching together with a bunch of incredible kids, including our sons, were some of the most memorable and enjoyable years of our lives. I always looked forward to games and practices so that Harvey and I could chomp the bit about life’s frustrations and of course hockey. I will always remember Harvey’s genuine passion for our children and their ongoing well being.

    As I look back I remember us winning a golf tournament at Bearspaw and that look of joy on his face when it was announced we had won in a tie breaker. That is the look that I will keep in my heart whenever I think about Harvey. While the John Q public may have seen his stoic Principal look, those of us who called him friend knew he had an incredible wit that sometimes just came out of the blue and cracked your funny bone.

    Harvey touched the lives of so many people in so many ways. He helped shape a generation of leaders through his work as an educator and developed winning work ethics in the young athletes he coached. But more than anything else he and Joanne raised an amazing young man named Justin. We unfortunately never got to know Winni and Harvey’s step children vey well but I have no doubt that Harvey loved them and put his touch on each of them.

    We will miss Harvey, his energy, his love for life and children. Knowing that he will now be with Joanne, brings a little warmth to our hearts, their love for each other and Justin is timeless and we know they will find each other now.

    We will continue to talk about Harvey, as our lives move on. We will remember some of his tales and the great times we shared together. I know that for us those memories will always warm our hearts. It was a great honour for us to call Harvey a good friend. He will never be forgotten but forever a cherished part of our lives.

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  10. Jeff Stewart

    To Justin and family,
    Allow me to extend my deepest sympathies during this difficult time.
    I think about spending time at the Kohls’ household in Ranchlands during Justin and I’s time in high school together. I always felt that Harvey was a ‘no nonsense dad’ and a straight shooter. He was a man of character that deserved respect, and certainly had mine.
    Sincere condolences.

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  11. My condolences to the family. I knew Harvey through ball and always enjoyed playing against him, but moreso, I enjoyed playing on his team. He was not only one of the nicest guys on the field, but a darn good ball player. We’ve missed him these last two years.

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  12. I had the pleasure of working with Harvey for all the years he was the principal at Collingwood Elementary School. We had a great working relationship and shared many projects during our time together. I last talked to Harvey in the Royal Oak Sobeys after he had stopped subbing for the CBE. I had no idea he had fallen ill and did not find out about his passing until today when I returned from a work trip to BC. Please accept Valerie’s and my condolences at this difficult time. Harvey was a wonderful person and colleague and will be remembered fondly. Rod & Val Ball

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  13. To Justin, Winni & Family –
    I just heard while hiking in Morocco of your loss and my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Fergus and I have known Harvey for over forty-five years with Fergus first meeting him in Golden Prairie as a young teacher and Harvey still a student. As I hike through the Atlas Mountains, I will remember all the many good times over the years that we have shared. May all your memories bring you some comfort at this difficult time;
    Ruth Hill
    Marrakech, Morocco

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