Hans MACIEJ
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MACIEJ, Hans
When Hans Maciej was initially diagnosed as terminal, he took it into his own hands to draft his obituary. He didn't want a rambling four-paragraph list of his many accomplishments. His humble nature dictated a two-sentence summary stating only that he made a difference in this world. And what a difference he made. In the lives of each individual he touched. This influence ranged from a child first learning to hit a tennis ball, to the media being educated by Hans on the realities of the oil and gas industry in Alberta. Hans was an advocate for sports and for the province of Alberta. As his extended family we debated how to handle his final statement to the world. Do we follow his wishes and provide no detail, or do we share a bit more? After much thought, we took his initial two sentences and expanded them to give the reader a sense of this great man. This is what we came up with. Only four months after losing his lifelong soul mate, Hans Maciej passed away peacefully on February 21, 2017. He leaves a lengthy list of accomplishments as an athlete, as a well-respected oil executive and as a champion for sports. As an athlete, Hans' tenacious drive had him playing competitive tennis at a national and international level past the age of 75. He was a founding member of the Calgary Olympic Development Association which ultimately helped Calgary secure the 1988 Winter Olympics. Hans' promotion of tennis was a passion demonstrated by his dedication to the Mount Pleasant Tennis Club, to the Glencoe Club, to the Alberta Tennis Association and to Tennis Canada, recently culminating in his 20-year goal of building an Alberta tennis centre here in Calgary. Hans was very generous with his time and coached countless students of tennis, young and old, during his more than 50 years in the sport. Whatever the objective, Hans always maintained his unwavering principles and ethics. Hans has now re-joined Ingeborg, the love of his life. May they rest in peace together. We will respect Hans' wish not to host a funeral or wake. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers please consider ways in which you can support the love of tennis in Alberta. In living memory of Hans Maciej, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.




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Published in Calgary Herald from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2017.
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February 26, 2017
I was one of Hans' many tennis students & he was a long time friend of my parents. We had some fun times with him over the years. Appreciated his philanthropy & kindness and so glad he was still so active until not long ago.
Karen Manning
February 25, 2017
Hans and Inga were lovely neighbors to have. The Forsythia shrub in front of their house is always the first to bloom in spring, I thought the bright and cheerful yellow flowers were so fitting of their nature. Hans enjoyed talking about everything from world affairs to gardening. He was always so kind, I will miss him very much.
Michelle Bee
February 24, 2017
Hans and Inge were original members of the 5th Dimension Outdoor Club ( now in its 26 year) As a new Hiker, i appreciated Hans wise words and his great example of his mountain skills. He will be missed and remembered as I hike and ski in the mountains. Phyllis Davis
Phyllis Davis
February 24, 2017
MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BE OF COMFORT TO YOUR FAMILY.PLEASE READ PROV 17:17
KELLEY
February 23, 2017
MPTC is never going to be the same we are all going to miss you, thanks for all you have done . My Tennis teacher and friend
Donna Ward
February 23, 2017
I arrived in Calgary in 1979 and joined the Mt Pleasant Tennis Club shortly after where I first met Hans.
Hans was extremely supportive, welcoming and encouraging to me as a newcomer and tennis player; and any time our paths crossed subsequently, he would take the time to chat and inquire about me and give further encouragement to be further involved and giving to tennis.

Thanks Hans for your motiving words, it would be always remembered and thanks for your contribution to the Calgary tennis community.

Patrick
Patrick Thomas
February 23, 2017
I played soccer with Hans for the Calgary Callies back in the mid 1950s. He was an intense competitor.
Jim Adams
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