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October 3, 1924 ~ February 27, 2013
Bill Hommel, beloved husband, father and friend, peacefully left us on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Bill was born in Denver, Colorado on October 3, 1924 and he graduated high school in Portland, Oregon. He enlisted in the US Army after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado. His regiment served in Italy, supporting efforts at Riva Ridge before returning to the US. He was in Times Square as Americans celebrated the official end to WWII. In 1946, Bill enrolled at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, to study geological engineering. He pledged with Sigma Nu Fraternity, and graduated in 1950. After working his way around the oil patch in the western U.S. (and a brief stint as an Aspen ski bum) he landed in Calgary in 1957, and spent the balance of his career in oil and gas exploration. He found the Calgary ski community very welcoming, including his soon-to-be-wife Anne. They met and married in 1958, and Bill became a Canadian citizen several years later. Bill loved ... the high country in every season, Major League Baseball, tennis (both as a player and a fan of the grand slams) and World Cup skiing. He never turned down a hiking or ski touring invitation, and usually had cold beer at the car for his companions. Bill loved his music - classical, big band, and opera. He was a keen mountain photographer, and an avid student of the Civil War and World War II. He read broadly, followed current affairs, and cared passionately about Canadian politics and the science of climate change - and one always knew where he stood. He was a true and enthusiastic friend to many, and enjoyed a good meal and the chance to gather with friends. He took great joy in his family, especially his grandchildren. Bill is dearly remembered by daughter Kady Hommel and son-in-law David Anderson of Colorado Springs, CO, son Paul Hommel of Savona, BC, and grandchildren Ben and Max Anderson and Macy Hommel. Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church-Elbow Park (3602-8 St. SW) on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 11:00 am with The Rev. Tara Livingston, officiating. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Bill's family through www.evanjstrong.com. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. (403) 265-1199
Published in The Calgary Herald on Mar. 4, 2013