Allan Joseph Hamula
August 1, 1921 ~ July 7, 2014
Allan Joseph Hamula, age 92 years, died July 7, 2014 at Creston BC, of respiratory failure.
Al was born August 1, 1921 at Leduc, Alberta, to John and Bessie Hamula.He grew up on the farm at Calmar and graduated from Calmar High School.
Al was a proud veteran and member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He joined the RCAF in 1939 and served as a communications specialist along Canada’s west coast until the end of the war.
Al married Lilley Berg on July 30, 1949, in Edmonton. Al and Lil would have celebrated their 65th anniversary at the end of this month.
Al had a career in sales and spent most of his working years in auto sales in the Calgary area. He moved to the farm west of Blackfalds in 1972 and enjoyed many years there until moving with Lil to Crest View Village seniors’ facility in Creston in June 2011. He continued to enjoy “snoopervising” on Low’s orchard in Creston. He loved to go on road trips with son-in-law Don, the last being this past April to pick up a tractor in La Grande, Oregon.
Al played semi-pro baseball in his younger years and was an avid curler and hunter. Al enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and camping in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Al and Lil enjoyed having visitors on the farm at Blackfalds. Grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and their children fondly remember time spent there. Lifelong friendships were formed with many neighbors and friends in the Blackfalds-Lacombe area. Al and Lil continued to enjoy visits from family and friends who made the trip to Creston over the past three years.
Al still enjoyed the outdoors, from picking Saskatoon berries to watching the Creston valley wildlife with the binoculars he kept in his car.
While Al could be gruff at times, he had a warm and generous heart and loved to help people. He had a feisty spirit right to the end that the people around him enjoyed. He passed his annual driver’s test July 2 and then his last trip was driving himself up to the Creston hospital for dialysis. Al had been receiving dialysis for the past four years and was especially appreciative of the care and attention given to him by the staff of the dialysis unit at the Creston Hospital.
He was predeceased by parents John and Bessie Hamula; sisters Caroline Wasel and Jean Pinkoski; and brothers Walter and Willie Hamula.
Al is survived by spouse Lilley; daughters Susan (Don) Low, Creston BC, and Gail (Mike) McGlynn, Jackson, Michigan; grandchildren Eric Low, Corey Low, Alison McGlynn, Kristen (Matt) McQuillan, Joel McGlynn, Elizabeth McGlynn; great-grandchildren Charles Mead and Brooks McQuillan. He is also survived by brother Lawrence Hamula of Calmar, AB and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
As per Al’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no funeral is being held. A Celebration of Life Service is being planned for the end of August in Calgary.
The family would particularly like to thank the staff at the Creston Hospital dialysis unit, Al’s family doctor Dr. Faye MacKay, and the medical staff at the Creston Hospital, who gave Al such wonderful individual care and attention.