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Date of Passing: Sep 27, 2014

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WALTER HERGESHEIMER Suddenly on September 27, 2014, with family by his side, our husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Walter "Hergy" Edgar Hergesheimer passed away at St. Boniface Hospital. Wally is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth, daughter Cathy Huston (Grant), sons Wally Jr. (Susan) and David (Sheryl), grandchildren Jenna (Andrew), Kelsey (Craig), Carlin (Kevin), Brittany, Lindsay and Jessica, and great-grandchildren Keyan and Blakely. Dad was predeceased by his parents Henry and Magdalena, his brothers John, Val and Phil, sisters Kate, Betty, Teenie, Mary and Chris. Dad will always be remembered as a kind and gentle man who always gave and asked for nothing in return. He loved spending time with his family, and constantly reminded us how proud he was of everyone. Mom and Dad's home was always filled with love and laughter, Dad's sense of humour was second to none as he laughed hard and often. Dad enjoyed a very long and rewarding life, and was able to travel to many places during his lifetime. He will be especially missed by the love of his life Ruth, who was at his side for over 60 years. Mom and Dad shared what few people are able to do, a marriage and life filled with much love and happiness. We will hold so many memories dear to our hearts, including recent trips to the cottage in the Whiteshell, marriages of his grandchildren, trips to Calgary, Fargo, and the many family dinners and gatherings. Besides his family, Dad was able to have a second passion, the love of hockey. He enjoyed a 22 year hockey career that began at age 16, which eventually led him to the NHL in the 1950s where he played 315 games scoring 114 goals. In 1950, he won the Calder Trophy with the Cleveland Barons, and was named league rookie of the year and playoff MVP. In 1951, he joined the New York Rangers, and as a rookie scored 26 goals finishing second in rookie scoring. Dad followed that year with a 30 goal season, finishing fourth in NHL scoring behind Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Maurice Richard. Dad played in both 1953 and 1956 NHL All-Star games, in the first one he scored two goals in a span of two minutes, a record that stood for many years. His proudest sports accomplishments were being inducted in the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. The family invites you to celebrate Dad's life at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberley Avenue with Pastor Bruce Gelhorn officiating. A private family interment will take place at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the charity of one's choice. We love you Dad and will never forget you and the many things you taught us, most importantly, the love of family. "Until we meet again." Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery 204-338-7111

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 30, 2014

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • Our deepest of sympathy in the loss of your father, grandfather and husband. We were fortunate to meet with your Dad 30+ years ago. Treasure the memories. Alfie and Michelle Voth - Posted by: Michelle and Alfie Voth (Friends of the Children) on: Oct 07, 2014

  • Dear Ruth and family, Our sincere condolences. We met Wally and Ruth on a trip to Nashville. We were the Canadian GoldenGirls. Wally shared many jokes and stories, he made our trip so much fun. Our paths have sometime crossed at hockey arenas watching our grandchildren. For every life that fades, something beautiful remains. A couple of weeks ago I showed my friends Wally and his brothers picture at MTS Centre. - Posted by: Beverley Bettens () on: Oct 06, 2014

  • I've been a lifetime fan of the New York Rangers, despite living in Montreal all these years, and was 9 years old when Wally first played with the Rangers. He was my favorite hockey player the whole time he played with the Rangers, and on more than one occasion I was thrilled to be able to see him play the Canadians in the old Forum. I was so saddened to read of his death in today's paper, and just wanted to tell his family that this old fan has never forgotten him. He was way more than a hockey player and my sympathy goes to all of you. Sincerely, Heather Calhoun - Posted by: Heather Calhoun (Long-ago fan) on: Oct 04, 2014

  • I never had the pleasure of meeting Wally but I wish I had taken the opportunity. It is clear that he was not only a good hockey player but also a wonderful person. Though he did not know me I was introduced to him through Hockey Night In Canada(50's radio version)and announcer, Foster Hewitt...Wally was one of the great hockey names that Foster brought into my living room on a winter Saturday night....names like Hergesheimer, Bill Ezinicki, Danny Lewicki...names that Foster used to bring the action to me. Thank you Foster....thank you Wally! My deepest condolences to all of the Hergesheimer family! - Posted by: John Rendall (Fan) on: Oct 04, 2014

  • So sorry to learn of your dad's passing, Cathy. Our prayers are with you, Grant, your mom and the whole family. Hope you can feel our arms around you all this long way. Love you guys, Janet & Henry - Posted by: Henry & Janet Scholz (Friends) on: Oct 02, 2014

  • so sorry for your loss. Smile through the tears, and remember the good times.... Susan - Posted by: Susan Duguay (friend of Wally and Susan ( Gay's Sister)) on: Oct 02, 2014

  • Sad to hear of the passing of Uncle Wally. Deepest sympathies to Auntie Ruth, Cathy, Wally and David. - Posted by: David Hergesheimer (the other one) (Great nephew, cousin) on: Oct 01, 2014

  • Our sincere sympathies to you Cathy and family. We were saddened to hear about your Dad. I know this is a tough time and my prayers are with you all. Much love. Jan and Gary. - Posted by: Jan and Gary Debney () on: Oct 01, 2014

  • When our paths crossed, Mr. Hergesheimer always had a story about "The Good Old Hockey Game!" Very sincere person that always put a smile on your face. Mrs. Hergesheimer and family, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish the great memories for they will always be deep in your hearts. - Posted by: Kim Kozak (Hockey friend) on: Oct 01, 2014

  • Wally Hergesheimer was truly a wonderful man and he won our hearts with his modest sense of humour at his induction in 2009. Our sympathies to Ruth and her family on their loss. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (MB Sports Hall of Fame) on: Oct 01, 2014

  • How sad I was to learn of your Husband/Dad/Grandpa's passing. I will always remember Wally Sr. with a huge smile on his face and how he liked to kibits around. I will look at the pew that he would normally sit in and it won't feel right for a while, but as Christians we know that he is being well taken care of. I will think of you Thursday. Peace to such a wonderful family. - Posted by: Elaine Gelhorn (friend) on: Oct 01, 2014

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. - Posted by: Donna & Dennis Hay () on: Oct 01, 2014

  • I only "knew" Hergy through watching Hockey Night in Canada in the 1950s. He was a slippery player, absolutely fearless in crashing the net despite his relatively small size, and a proven goalscorer, netting more than 20 in a season several times in an era when that was the mark of a scoring star, and once scoring 30, when that was a mark achieved by very few players. He did not receive the recognition he deserved, in my view, and so I pay tribute to a very skilled player who gave the fans many thrills and much entertainment. I'm pleased to learn he was even greater as a family man and person than he was as a hockey player. His family and friends have my condolences. - Posted by: Peter Young (Hockey fan) on: Sep 30, 2014

  • Dear Ruth and family, Sad to hear of your loss. 60 years of marriage reflects a wonderful commitment to each other. Blessings to all of you as you as share stories and memories and adapt to life without Wally. Sincerely Mabel (Kreutzer) Schmitke - Posted by: Mabel Schmitke (Cousin of Ruth's) on: Sep 30, 2014

  • Our family would like to pass on our condolences to you all. Jared loved his stories. We did have the pleasure of meeting him also. You're never too old to lose a father, so very sorry Wally. - Posted by: Vera and Harold Romanychyn (Friends of Wally and Sus.) on: Sep 30, 2014

  • Had the honor of working with Hergy at MLCC in 60s, nice man, great sense of humour. To play for New York Rangers in the NHL was a real accomplishment and he was proud of that, an original six, not many players can say that. - Posted by: ted irvine (old time hockey) on: Sep 30, 2014

  • Mrs Hergesheimer and family, Stuart and I are very sorry for your loss. We have been thinking about you and your family. Long ago, a friend of mine passed away and someone told me this poem. Death only comes to let us know That we love more deeply than we show, But love in death should let us see, What love in life should always be. We have witnessed first hand the love in your family as we gathered to celebrate birthdays or special events. Mr. Hergesheimer has left a legacy of love behind in his family. I know he will be deeply missed by everyone. - Posted by: Stuart and Laureen Spitzke (Family friends) on: Sep 30, 2014

  • Dear Ruth...Please accept my sincere condolences. You might remember me from a 5-pin bowling league in Winnipeg in the early 1970's, run by Maple Leaf Mills. I believe you were somehow related to Allan or Betty Keough. Myron Masnyk - Posted by: Myron Masnyk ("Old" Friend) on: Sep 30, 2014

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