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HARBACK, Brent Allan
May 6, 1960 - December 7, 2012
Brent Allan Harback, beloved husband of Joyce of Calgary, went to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Friday, December 7, 2012 at the age of 52 years. Brent is survived by his loving wife Joyce; only son Andrew; parents Roy and Lila Harback; brother and sister-in-law, Brad and Tina Harback; and brother-in-law Doug Alexander. He is also survived by many other beloved friends, relatives and colleagues. Brent was predeceased by a brother Mark in 1959 and a sister Alison in 1988. Brent was born in Grande Prairie, AB and lived with his family in Valleyview, Crooked Creek, Edmonton, Thorhild, Kitscoty and Lloydminster where he graduated from high school in 1978. Brent developed his love of travel and music from his parents, Roy and Lila, who took the family to Europe for a month in 1974. Back at home, he studied piano and voice, excelling in both as he sang at church. He also competed in music festivals and the CFRN Search for Talent, where he won first place over multiple years in both solo and ensemble groups. His love for and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ guided his life. He was actively involved in churches wherever he lived. First Baptist Church, Lloydminster; Rockyview Alliance Church, Calgary; Rainbow Lake Community Fellowship and, since 2001, First Alliance Church, Calgary. Brent was the president of the church youth group at First Baptist in Lloydminster and held numerous lead roles in musicals there and throughout his life. He sang in the choir at every church he attended and loved singing duets with his wife, Joyce, and quartets with his buddies. He combined his love of travel and music as he toured the West Coast and into Midwest USA with an ensemble, Master's Praise, and participated in two choir tours to Europe, performing in the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris and the official 50th Anniversary Liberation Festivities in the Netherlands. Brent's love for hockey was born as a student when he had opportunity to play. He loved the excitement of watching his son play in Calgary Minor Hockey. He is an avid NHL fan and has held season tickets to the Calgary Flames since 2004. He was deeply disappointed at the 2012-13 lockout. He developed a strong work ethic early in life, starting with a newspaper delivery route, was a chicken fryer at KFC, and then became a disc jockey with CKSA Radio/Television in Lloydminster. In 1979 he enrolled in a communications program at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska. There his love of music continued as he sang in the Chorale and met another singer, Joyce Nickel, who eventually became the duet of his life and his wife. In August 1980, Brent accepted a position at Husky Oil and over 32 years with the company, held various positions of increasing responsibility, primarily in the area of Procurement and Supply Chain Management. Brent and Joyce moved to Calgary in 1986, where he was the first in Husky to obtain his Professional Certification in Purchasing Management. His career shifted to Rainbow Lake, AB, in 1996 to become a Supervisor and back to Calgary in 2001 to be a Team Leader. On December 5, 2012, he was named "SCM Manager - Category Management - Corporate Services and Marketing" where he gave leadership to a team of talented professionals for whom he had great respect and affection. The highlight of The Harback's life was the birth of their only son, Andrew, in 1992. Brent was a devoted father who loved teaching his son to skate and play hockey and was always supportive and actively involved in Andrew's teams up through Midget (even when his son gave up goal scoring for goaltending) but the best year was Northstars Bantam AAA Blazers. He also strapped on the skis and drove hundreds of kilometres to support Andrew in competitive freestyle skiing. He was never more proud than when Andrew was awarded a Dean's Scholarship to attend Trinity Western University. It was Brent's great delight to entertain others whether he was on stage or in a meeting. His dry sense of humour and fondness for pranks endeared him to all. He always tried to lighten the mood with a funny story. He enjoyed kids and would have been an amazing grandpa. He was a loyal friend and a committed Christian who cared deeply for his family, friends and colleagues. Beloved Brent, you will be sorely missed. A Graveside Service will be held today, December 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Mountain View Memorial Gardens (17 Avenue S.E. at Garden Road). A Memorial Service will be held at First Alliance Church (12345 - 40 Street S.E.) on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Compassion Canada, PO Box 5591, London, ON, N6A 5G8 (Telephone 1-800-563-5437; or Samaritan's Purse, 20 Hopewell Way N.E., Calgary, AB T3J 5H5 (Telephone 1-800-663-6500; In living memory of Brent Harback, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

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Published in Calgary Herald from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, 2012.
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41 entries
February 6, 2013
Joyce and Andrew, I am so sorry to hear this news. Brent has left this world much too soon. Although I haven't kept in touch since my retirement from Husky, I have many great memories of my trip to Europe with the choir. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Mary Peet
January 10, 2013
Gary and I just heard about Brent's homegoing recently and want you to know that our prayers are with you, Joyce, and with your son. SO many joyous memories I have of singing alongside you both at FAC! May He carry you though the coming weeks and months, my heart aches for you, my dear friend. Peace to you and all his family.
Lori Schmidt
January 2, 2013
My condolences to you all. It was a privilege to have known him and to have worked with him in Rainbow Lake and then Calgary. He always made time to talk about family and was a great resource when it came to work. He will be missed. Please find strength in this difficult time.
Stacey Schmidt-Grebinski
December 21, 2012
Glady and I were extremely saddened by the untimely death of a dear friend. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Joyce, Andrew and the whole family. God be your source of strength and comfort at this time.

John and Glady Furtado
John Furtado
December 19, 2012
My condolences and prayers go out to Brent's family, colleagues and friends.

It came as a great shock to learn of his untimely passing. I worked with Brent for only a short time at Husky. He certainly left an indelible and positive impression. His legacy has to be the tremendous respect and support of his team - whom he talked of constantly. He made a real difference to all of us. He was a gentleman who will be missed and remembered. Thank you Brent.

Rest in peace.
Lenny Lane
December 18, 2012
I was so saddened to hear of Brent's passing. He was one of my favourites at KFC way back when he was in Lloydminster. His humor and wit always kept us on our toes. My heartfelt condolences to you his family. One thing we know is that in a short time we will see him again. God Bless You
Betty Allen
December 18, 2012
I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Brent. He was a kind, caring and genuine person with a great sense of humour, who had the utmost love and respect for everyone who crossed his path. It was an honour and a privilege to have known him and to have worked with and for him. My deepest sympathies to his wife, son, family and friends. May God give you all strength and comfort during this difficult time.
Virginia David
December 18, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will always hold memories of Brent's sense of humour and kindness close to my heart.
May your faith give you strength and may you take comfort in your memories and love from family and friends.
Karen Dietrich
December 17, 2012
All my thoughts and prayers go to the family. I worked with Brent and he will be deeply missed and I will cheish the memories. I will always remember Brent's kindess and sense of humor and remember him always with a smile.

Annalisa Perizzolo, Calgary, Alberta
December 16, 2012
Joyce and Andrew

Brent was very genuine. When you talked to him, he made he made you feel like you were his friend.
May God comfort both of you.
peter and mary landry
December 16, 2012
Dear Joyce,
I was saddened to hear then read about the passing of your beloved husband. My heartfelt condolences to you, your son and extended family and friends as you grieve. The only thing that lasts longer than sorrow is love. May your many wonderful memories , love and faith bring comfort.

Beth Grant
December 15, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of Brent's passing. My condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends. Brent, Allison, and I sang together during our high school years in various Search for Talent Shows and local events. I remember Brent and Allison's rich, warm voices. They were both very kind and caring people with a strong faith in their Savior. I pray that this same faith in our Savior comfort Brent's family as they remember Brent at this time.
Cindy (Kile) Simpson
December 15, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go to the family. Cherish the memories and know that Brent is always with you.
Janell Schwartz
December 14, 2012
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss Brent. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sadness.
Deborah Jarrell
December 14, 2012
I was saddened to hear that Brent is no longer with us. I enjoyed working with him and knowing him over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time
Jo-Anne Gilmore
December 14, 2012
Joyce, Andrew and Family,
Brent was responsible for bringing me into the Husky fold about 2 years ago. Since that time I came to know him as a kind hearted, knowledgable, and supportive leader who was always willing to make the extra effort to put a smile on your face or make you laugh out loud. He was a good man and I will always maintain nothing less than the best of memories of our time together.
Please accept my deepest sympathy and hearfelt condolences for your loss.

Doug Martin
Doug Martin
December 14, 2012
Through working with Brent at Husky I knew that he was a dedicated manager and colleague who provided unstinting support for his team and who was humorously outspoken. Having read his life story I now see that he was also a man dedicated to his family, his faith, his music, his sport, and to his love of life. May you find strength to see you through this sad loss.
Bill Reid
December 14, 2012
Our prayers are with you and your family.
Randy and Diana Magers
December 13, 2012
I am sad to hear of the passing of Brent. I hope he is enjoying time with his sister and brother and all of the others who have gone before him.
I feel most sad for the ones that are here with only the memories but they are wonderful memories.
Norma Hobbs
December 13, 2012
My sympathies on the loss of your husband, father, and son. I worked as a university student with Lila in Lloydminster during the summer of 1978 when she was the supervisor of the Travel Alberta information centre. When she talked about
Brent it was easy to see the love that she had for him. I am sorry to hear of your loss and hope that your memories of him may comfort you at this time.
Judy McIntyre
December 13, 2012
I had the pleasure to work with Brent with the Husky Charitable Fund, his concern and care to help those in need will always be remembered for me.
Todd Willsie
December 13, 2012
Our sincere condolences to you, Andrew and the extended family. I always enjoyed my time chatting with Brent about everything from Broadway shows to hockey, and being on stage with him was a particular thrill. My favorite memory was 4 Tickets to Christmas. He was such a great lead character. God's special healing and blessing be upon you and the family during this time.
Mark Neustaedter
December 13, 2012
Just noticed that our name was not attached to the message sent earlier. We loved Brent and always felt he was like a son to us, our sincere sympathy to the whole Harback family
Wes and Betty Friesen
December 13, 2012
Joyce & Andrew, Roy & Lila
May you be blessed with wonderful memories of your husband, father and son.
Brent was a truly incredible man who nurtured his family and friendships with whit and laughter; we sorrowfully miss his antics at the office. My sincere condolences.
Ida Stange
December 13, 2012
Brad and Tina
Jan and I are so sorry to hear about Brent's passing. Our love and prayers are with you.

Rick and Jan
The Summerland Alliance Family
December 12, 2012
Dear Andrew and Joyce,
Please accept my deepest sympathy at this time of great sadness. I feel blessed to have had the pleasure to work with Brent and will hold dearly to the precious memories. My prayers for you both and the rest of the Harback family.
Ranbir K. Mann
December 12, 2012
Our fondest memories of Brent are how he took a genuine interest in us and what was going on in our lives. He was very easy to talk to, listened without judgement and had a great sense of humour. We loved him and will miss him.
Garry and Marlene Quiring
December 12, 2012
We always loved Brent, he just fitted into our family like our own son.Our love and prayers for the whole Harback family.
December 12, 2012
Joyce and Andrew
Brent will always bring a smile to my face when I think back to his days at the Husky Production Warehouse and his first few months in Purchasing in Lloydminster. He was a truly one of those Good Guys.
He will be missed by many.
Bryan Morrison
December 12, 2012
Dear Joyce & Andrew,

Brent was an awesome person to work with at Husky. He had the best sense of humour and was a very generous and kind person. I will miss Brent very much. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy during this difficult time.

Marci Morton
December 12, 2012
I had the pleasure to get to know Brent in his role at Husky. He was an exceptional person who had a sense of humour like no other. I very much enjoyed the time I got to share with Brent and wish to share my deepest condolences to his family, many friends and colleagues. Brent may you rest in peace and thank you for being a wonderful human being. I will truly miss you.

Your friend,
December 12, 2012
Joyce & Andrew,

I am truly saddened by Brent's death and I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you.

Brent had always brought laughter and fun to the workplace and the memory of Brent will always stay in his colleague's and friend's hearts. Please stay strong through these difficult times.
Denis Plechkov
December 12, 2012
Joyce & Andrew,

I am truly saddened by Brent's death and I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you.

Brent had always brought laughter and fun to the workplace and will be deeply missed in hearts of his colleagues and friends.
Denis Plechkov
December 12, 2012
Joyce & Andrew,
My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of sorrow. Brent was an amazing man and always had a way to make everyone feel special. His memories will remain in our hearts forever.
Kate Anthony
December 12, 2012
Brent was an inimitable colleague blessed with a wonderful, quirky sense of humor that added much needed levity to everyone's day.

I remember on my first day Brent truly impressed me while he proudly introduced his staff: he showed a genuine warmth and affection that I have rarely seen in the workplace – as if his team was a part of his family, which I have no doubt is the way he felt.

His passion touched us all, and he will be sorely missed. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Sebastian Thorp
December 12, 2012
Dearest Joyce and Andrew,
We were so saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Brent. I had the privilege of working with Brent for over 10 years. May the Lord grant you all the strength to bear this great loss. Yours in sorrow,
Barbara, Vernon, Jordan and Jason Lewis
Calgary, Alberta
December 12, 2012
May the memories of Brent and the love of family surround you and give strenght in the days ahead. He will be missed.
Carol Cumpstone
December 12, 2012
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to have Brent as my boss while onsite with Husky Energy. His guidance and knowledge was very much appreciated and valued. Brent had an unrivaled sense of humour and took well to office pranks and jokes. In a short time he became quite a mentor to me and I will be forever grateful for the many candid conversations we had, his strong business sense and his natural ability and passion to lead.

To Joyce, Andrew and all the Harback family, please accept my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences for your loss. May you find strength through others during this tumultuous time. You will be in my thoughts this holiday season.

Peace and love to each of you,
Karmen Lippitt
Karmen Lippitt
December 12, 2012
Dear Joyce, Andrew, Roy & Lila,
Our deepest sympathies go out to you at this time of loss. Know that we are praying for you all.

Death doth hide
But not divide
Thou art but on the other side,
Thou art with Christ and Christ with me,
In Christ united still are we.

With Love, Herb & Shirley Slopianka
December 12, 2012
Joyce & Andrew,
My heart aches for the loss of your husband, dad, mentor and friend. Keep strong during this time of deep sorrow.
Pat, Stephen, Samantha and Emily
Pat Rozitis
December 12, 2012
Joyce & Andrew,
With a heavy heart I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you. Brent will be missed here at Husky more than you know. I will hold you both in my prayers.
Lori Motuzas
Lori Motuzas
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