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HAROLD (HAL) RUDOLPH HEUCHERT
Date of Passing: May 19, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
HAROLD (HAL) RUDOLPH HEUCHERT
He was recently predeceased by his wife, Anne; and also by his parents, Rudolph and Helen; and by his sister Louise. Harold left behind his sons, Randy (Elizabeth) and Jim (Debbie); his grandchildren, Kelly (Greg Epp), Colleen (Kevin Hammell), Jenna (Stuart Trump) and Alyssa (partner Daniel Morin); and his great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Owen Epp, Zoey and Easton Hammell, and Wyatt Trump.
Hal grew up in the Elmwood area of Winnipeg. In his youth, he volunteered for many local groups, played hockey, football and boxed, and was both a Navy and Army cadet. At the age of 17, he volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and served with them from 1942 through 1945. He was trained as a pilot and ultimately became an instrument mechanic and instructor. After leaving the RCAF, he attended the University of Manitoba and received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in 1950. He immediately volunteered to help build sandbag dikes to protect Elmwood from the 1950 Red River Flood and also served as a technician with a mobile X-ray unit which diagnosed patients with Tuberculosis.
Hal met Anne at a community dance and they married in December of 1952. They were married for 66 years, raising their sons in East and North Kildonan, and living in the area for the rest of their lives. Hal was a devoted husband, particularly in Anne's final years, and was very proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.
Hal spent most of his working career with Revenue Canada as an auditor, valuator, appeals officer and special investigator. During and after his working career, he did volunteer work for Bronx Park Community Club, and was its President for a number of years. After that, volunteered at John Black United Church in their finance and property committees, served as their Finance Director for a number of years, mentored subsequent committee members and also visited shut-ins at care homes. He was also a continuous blood donor for the Red Cross for more than 40 years.
Hal's eyesight, hearing and mobility declined greatly in recent years, but his mind was still as sharp as ever, right through to the end. He particularly enjoyed deep discussions regarding politics, business and current events, but particularly about world history. We will miss Harold, but we are thankful that he died peacefully.
We would like to thank the staff at Kildonan Personal Care Centre for their compassionate care of Harold during his stay there.
There will be a private service for Harold and Anne at John Black United Church.
In lieu of flowers, we suggest making a donation in his name to the charity of your choice.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 15, 2019
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
It was a pleasure to get to know Mr, Heuchert or Hal as he made me call him. He was a sweet man who always made me smile with all his stories. He grew to be like a honorary grandfather to me and I always looked forward to seeing him in our office. I was fortunate to meet his lovely wife Anne as well and I could see the love between them. He would always tell me that he was going to spend the day with her when she moved to the care home. He was truly devoted to her. I will miss his humor but I know that heaven has 2 angels who are looking down at their family and friends and smiling. God Bless you Hal. - Posted by: Rose Boda (Henderson Vision Centre employee) on: Jul 05, 2019
What a gentleman, a true pleasure to of known this man. My condolences to the family. Randy and Jim you had a great dad who had a good run. You should be proud. An amazingly analytical mind. Every conversation was delightful, very concise and informative, cars were a particular weakness I recall. He will be missed. Good health to all. Joel - Posted by: Joel Palsson (Friend of son) on: Jun 15, 2019
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