On Good Friday, April 18, 2014, Nicholas Hannas passed away peacefully in his sleep with his family by his side at the age of 85 years after a battle with lymphoma.
Nicholas leaves to lovingly cherish his memory, his wife of 53 years, Margaret; his children, Greg (Jennifer), Mary Anne (Aleks), Patricia (Kirby), and Patrick; his three grandsons, Benjamin, Kylo, and Ilya; and sister, Olga (Henry) Frost. Predeceased by his parents, George and Mary Hannas; and siblings, Rosie and Leo.
Nicholas was born in Thorsby, AB on November 27, 1928. He attended Calmar High School and later, the Basilian Monastery in Mundare for a time. In 1949, he began his career in the seed industry with Steele-Robertson Limited in Edmonton and in February of 1956, he started his own company, Hannas Seeds, in Lacombe, AB where he continued to work until these past few weeks.
Nicholas met Margaret Teramura when she was a school teacher in Lacombe. They married on November 10, 1961 and they moved to Edmonton in 1965. Nicholas continued to commute to Lacombe for the next five decades. Even with his extensive business travels across the provinces and internationally, he still found the time to develop a passion for skiing, competitive swimming and especially for golfing. He slowed down in his later years but he absolutely loved to socialize with friends and customers. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he will be deeply missed and always loved.
Our deepest gratitude goes to the fabulous staff at the Red Deer Regional Hospital for their kindness and care.
Divine Liturgy Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 7007 – 109 Street, Edmonton. In lieu of floral tributes, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5H 4K1 or to a charity of one's choice.
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Published in The Edmonton Journal from Apr. 23 to Apr. 30, 2014