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Born: Jul 11, 1929

Date of Passing: Mar 08, 2021

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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Grant Hambley on Monday, March 8, 2021. Grant died peacefully at the Golden West Centennial Lodge in Winnipeg and the family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all of the staff and care workers at Golden West for making his time there safe and comfortable.
Grant was predeceased by his wife Joan (nee Birnie) in October of 1996 and his brother Barry in April of 1997. He is survived by his three sons, Vern (Lila), Ron (Brenda) and Allan (Wendy) and by four grandchildren, Eric, Jillian, Janina and Christopher, and by his sister Ruth Breckman.
Grant was born on July 11, 1929 in Sidney, Manitoba. His father, George, was a minister for the United Church and the family moved around Southern Manitoba from small town to small town. He received his post-secondary education at the University of Manitoba and began a career as a hard rock geologist in Northern Manitoba, first with the Hudson's Bay Mining and Smelting company in Flin Flon, and then with INCO in Thompson in 1955. Grant and his wife Joan were part of the early pioneers in this northern city. Joan, a recent nursing graduate from Saskatoon was working at the Flin Flon Hospital where she met Grant. They were married and she relocated to Thompson in 1958 to become the town's first nurse. Together they raised three boys and watched the town grow into the "Hub of the North" and the city it is today. Grant was transferred to Winnipeg in 1980 as a regional geologist and retired from INCO in 1984.
Grant's passion was aviation, and his favourite pastime was flying in his vintage 1946 J-3 Piper Cub airplane throughout the North. It was on one of his flights that he discovered the spot on nearby Paint Lake where he eventually built the family cottage. The cottage was a fly-in/boat-in- only summer retreat for the Hambley's for many years.
After retiring he became seriously involved with the Western Canadian Aviation Museum in Winnipeg. He worked for many years assisting in the reconstruction of vintage aircraft as well as guiding tour groups through the museum and finally serving on the board of directors. He was also involved in the local amateur music scene where he played the trumpet in a local symphonic band.
Arrangements are in the care of Neil Bardal Funeral Home and Grant's wishes for cremation have been followed.
The family is planning a Celebration of Life in the coming months when gatherings are once again safe.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I am sad to hear of Grant's passing but happy to read it was peaceful. We had lots of good family times together. Thunking of you all. ..Marion - Posted by: Gail Sharland for Marion Campbell (nee Hambley) (Marion is Grant's cousin..daughter of Jack and Ruth) on: Jul 13, 2021

  • Mr. Hambley will be remembered for tipping his paperboy well and for teaching some Air Cadets their ground school material in his basement. My condolences to the Hambley boys and your families. - Posted by: Robin Clarke (Family acquaintance & neighbour) on: Apr 05, 2021

  • Please accept our condolences for the loss of your father, Ron. It is always tough to loose a loved one, regardless of age, or health. - Posted by: John and Bev Schubert (Friends ) on: Mar 17, 2021

  • Al and Ron (and all other family and friends of Mr. Hambley), My condolences at the passing of your Dad. As one of my uncles said to me when my own Dad passed, "It doesn't matter how old they are when they go; it is always too soon." Take care. - Posted by: Mike McGinn (Friend of children) on: Mar 17, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. As the new aviation building progresses he came to mind many times. I will never forget being shown the old building and collection by your father. He really nurtured my early interest in aviation. I remember the last time I saw your parents and in particular your mother's wonderful, cheerful demeanour. They were wonderful people that had a huge impact on me. Bruce - Posted by: Bruce R Goddard (Friend) on: Mar 15, 2021

  • So sorry for your loss. Our condolences to the family. - Posted by: Darryl & Kim Halipchuk (Co-worker) on: Mar 14, 2021

  • I am grateful for uncle Grant in my life. He always showed an interest in my flute teacher playing when I was growing up. I am glad to have been at his 80th birthday celebration, and for the several visits to had any time I came to Winnipeg. Even as his body became weak, his sharp mind persisted for many years. I am glad he’s no longer suffering and went peacefully. I have no doubt he is reunited in spirit with Joan, his parents and his brother, my father. Sending love to His sons and family. Laura - Posted by: Laura Hambley (Niece ) on: Mar 14, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of Grant's passing and my condolences to the entire Hambley family. Your dad was such a nice man and I have fond memories of him. - Posted by: Jennifer Goddard (Family friend) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • I first Met Grant in the Masonic Lodge in Thompson in the 70s. We met up in Winnipeg at the aviation museum and at ANAVETs 283 when he played in the orchestra for Rememberance Days. - Posted by: Gordon Watt (Friend) on: Mar 13, 2021

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