My Dad, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 2, following surgery for a hip fracture. Waiting for him was Mom (Margeurite), who passed away in 2018, along with his brothers - John (Bob), Andy, Hamish (Jimmy), Albert, and sisters - Helen and Kay. Dad was the last survivor of his immediate family.
Dad was born on the family farm in St. Bride's to parents John and Isabella Haggerty. His father passed away at a young age and Granny was left widowed. Life was difficult but the family managed together and eventually moved to Edmonton.
Dad started his career at Northwestern Utilities as a painter but thru hard work and perseverance, he retired in an office position. Throughout his career, Dad made some great friendships and many of them become lifelong buddies. The gas company had an active social calendar and Mom and Dad participated in almost every activity they had. Dad had many fond memories and lots of stories from his NUL days!
Unfortunately, Ill health forced Dad into early retirement. It was then that his niece, Shirley, so bravely donated a kidney to Dad. In March we celebrated his transplant anniversary of 27 years. Our whole family is eternally grateful to Shirley for her selfless act of love and the gift of life.
Mourning Dad's loss with me is his many nieces and nephews, along with an extended loving family. Dad was blessed to have some very special friends and I want to thank each of them for the care and attention, they showed Dad, especially in the last few months.
Although it was many years ago, we remember and thank Drs. Todd and Moore who were Dad and Shirley's skilled transplant surgeons. My sincere appreciation to Dr. Sandra Cockfield and the transplant team, for the exemplary medical guidance you provided to Dad and our family.
I am so proud of my Dad. I respected him and will miss him terribly.
As the lyrics to Dad's favorite song say:
Go rest high on that mountain
Son your work on earth is done.
May you rest in eternal peace Dad.
Love always, your daughter, Corinne.
No formal service is planned, however, a mass for Dad's intention will be held at a future date.
We’ll miss you Uncle Richard, RIP Much love goes with you. Condolences and love to the family.
I’m so glad I got to visit with you and talk to you before you took your final journey.
Our deepest condolences, We will sadly miss uncle Richard. I loved coming to visit and hear all the old stories he would tell us. Rest in peace♥️
Richard was a good guy we met 5 years ago and were instantly friends. He was funny and kind and stubborn. Lol. I will miss him very much.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family at this very sad time.
My husband Murray Rowland worked for your Dad at NUL and said he was a wonderful boss and we did meet you Corrine,your Mom and Dad at casino on Argyll road several years ago!!!!!
May you find some comfort in the happy memories you have of your Dad,
He was always so very friendly and may he Rest In Peace with your Mom.
Take care and know others are grieving with you Corrine.
Mary and Murray Rowland
Dear Corrine and all the family
We are very saddened to see the passing of your Dear dad.We did get a chance to meet you Corrine, your Mom and Dad at the casino on Argyll road several years ago.My husband Murray Rowland worked with your Dad at NUL and said Richard was a wonderful boss and very kind man.
May you find some peace in the great memories you have of your Dad.
May he Rest In Peace with your Mom and other family members.
Mary and Murray Rowland
Paula, myself, and my family send our condolences Corrine.
Your mom and dad were my closest, and favorite aunt and uncle.
Every memory of them brings a smile to my face.