Michael HALAS

HALAS, Michael
With the death of Charlotte Halas, it seems appropriate to honour her husband, Michael Halas, who died August 28, 1975 of congestive heart failure and was the only man she really loved. Mike was born and raised in Calgary, in the community of Bridgeland, eventually graduating from Saint Mary's High School, just in time for the Dirty Thirties. He helped his father in construction, building large portions of what is now The East Village and joined the army when WWII hit. He never saw battle, and was stationed in Nanaimo, BC where he worked as a lumber jack after the war. After the birth of their first son, Mike and Lottie move back to Calgary where Mike worked for the CPR and the family increased by five boys and two girls. He was a hunter and often provided the Thanksgiving Dinner with a pheasant or two, as well as an avid fly fisherman, who ironically could not swim a stroke. Mike could be found in the summer with his hip waders in the middle of fast running water during epic camping trips that resulted in pan fried trout for suppers and an appreciation of the outdoors by everyone. Mike was also a member of the Royal Canadian Engineers, Reserve Force and helped build numerous temporary bridges around Southern Alberta for maneuvers and rescue missions. He was active in both baseball and hockey, umpiring and preparing the fields for baseball and refereeing and preparing the outdoor rinks for hockey; even when health issues limited what he was able to do. At the end of the day, the most important thing in his life was his family, so it is now our turn to recognize his love for us and thank him in memoriam.

Published in The Calgary Herald from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2014