Walter HATFIELD

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HATFIELD, Walter Theodore
May 26, 1923 - January 30, 2013
Walter Hatfield, beloved father and grandfather, passed away at the Peter Lougheed Hospital. In the presence of his three daughters, he joined his loving wife, Olive, who predeceased him in 2010. Walter was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick and earned his geology degree at Acadia University. In 1944 he joined the Navy and was stationed in Bermuda. After the war he continued his education at the University of Toronto. He then moved west to Alberta where he began his career with Gulf Oil. He eventually left the corporate world to set up his own geological consulting business. On a blind date in 1952, he met the love of his life, Olive Shymka. They were married on May 29, 1954 in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1957, after living for a short period of time in Red Deer, Alberta, Walter and Olive moved to Calgary where they made their home and started their family. Their house on Glenfield Road remained the family home until the summer of 2012. Walter was a long-time member of the Earl Grey Golf Course. He loved golf and looked forward to his weekly games with his good friends. During the cold Canadian winters, Walter and Olive would venture to Palm Springs where once again golfing and spending time with dear friends was always looked forward to. Walter will always be remembered by his three daughters, Debra (Gary) Koroluk, Carla (Larry) Adamson, Laurie (Garnett) MacBeth; his cherished grandchildren Brett and Carey Koroluk, Meagan, Lauren and Sean Adamson and Scott MacBeth; sister Esther Gray of Ohio and her three children Glenn (Judy), JoAnn (Jacques) and Mary Lou. Walter was predeceased by his treasured daughter Tracey in 1966; his dear grandson James MacBeth in 2009; his parents Harry and Laura Hatfield and his brother "Bud". Memorial Services will be held at CALGARY CREMATORIUM CHAPEL, 3219 - 4 Street N.W., (within the valley of Queen's Park Cemetery) today, February 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Please forward condolences through www.hffs.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ab.ca), 200, 119 - 14 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and support staff of Unit 53 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital. Your kind words of encouragement, daily visits and compassionate care while our father was with you was so greatly appreciated. We wish to extend a special thank you to the Colonel Belcher Staff for their wonderful care of our Dad.

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Published in The Calgary Herald from Feb. 2 to Feb. 6, 2013
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