Harry Hobbs passed away peacefully at home in Edmonton on December 6, 2012 after a life well-lived.
Harry is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son Harry (Ruth Copot), daughter Barb Noble (Doug), grandchildren Mark (Jessica Friesen), Amanda Mercer (Jeff) and great grandson Beckett Mercer, Beckett’s grandmother Donna, sister Marilyn and the Eastern Hobbs’ nieces and nephews and their families, as well as by Maxwell and Scout.
Harry moved from Windsor, Ontario to Calgary at age 16 with his parents Anne and Norman, brother Jack, who all predeceased him, and sister Marilyn.
His early years in Calgary were formed by his love of sports and his buddies at Central High. Following an underage stint in the Canadian Navy, Harry enrolled in the University of Alberta where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Dodds. They began a 63-year journey together in 1949.
Harry excelled in many sports, achieving numerous awards, including lettering at the U of A in football and hockey and ultimately being enshrined in the school’s Wall of Fame. He also played professional football with both the Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos.
His business career included running his own company and the Calgary Parking Authority, as well as becoming the Chairman and CEO of Alberta Government Telephones, facilitating its transition to the private sector.
In the mid-60’s, Harry’s passion for politics and the ideals of his friend, Peter Lougheed, led he and a close group of friends to support the rise of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives. Harry accepted an invitation to join Peter in his years of governing the Province in several roles, first as Secretary to Cabinet and then as the first Deputy Minister of Executive Council in Alberta.
Harry also contributed to community life by being a long-time volunteer with the Calgary Stampede and as a life member of the Calgary Booster Club.
His life was anchored in love of family and the enduring support of Dorothy–semicolon– theirs was a true partnership and shared experience. He felt extremely lucky to have enjoyed the support and kinship of friends and colleagues.
A celebration of Harry’s life will be held at Edmonton’s Royal Mayfair Golf & Country Club, 9450 Groat Road NW, Edmonton at 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 15, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 10985 – 124 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T5M 0H9.