With great sadness the family of Ladislav Vaclav (Wenceslas) Hala announces his passing on October 8, 2010 at the age of 79.
He was predeceased by his youngest son Paul in 1968, and is survived by his wife Irene and sons Peter and Ladislav.
Ladislav was born in 1931 in former Czechoslovakia. After the completion of his studies at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Commenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and later receiving a doctoral degree with the specialty in physical chemistry, Ladislav worked as a scientist and a researcher in various chemical laboratories and research institutes, specializing in gas chromatography. His career extended all the way to Canada after the family moved to Edmonton in 1981, where Ladislav also worked at various laboratories and research facilities before he was forced to retire due to his illness.
Ladislav was a good and loving husband and a dedicated father. He enjoyed outdoors, hiking, and backpacking. Ever since his teenage years he was fond of the arts — he was a talented amateur actor, photographer, painter and musician. He was very fond of good music, his interest spanned from classical and sacred to folk and gypsy music, including popular music like the big band orchestras. He appreciated a good movie and took pleasure in reading history related books and novels.
The Hala family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Rod Kaasa and to all the staff of the Capital Care Grandview nursing home, who day after day professionally, compassionately and patiently cared for Ladislav during his last 3 years — namely the care manager Mrs. Lynda MacKenzie, all the staff of Unit 1AB, nurses Emilia, Jeanne, Grethlyn, David, and many other wonderful people be it from the administration, food services, support or recreation staff, including Jackie, Cherlyn, Betty, Jo-Ann and the arts instructors, and many friendly volunteers. The family and Ladislav’s friends will miss a funny, decent, gracious, and forgiving individual who so much loved his family and appreciated life in its entirety.
May our Lord Jesus Christ grant Ladislav eternal peace and salvation. “I am the good shepherd... My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand.” (John 10:27)