Harry Q.C. (Hartmut) Dahlem
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With great sadness, the family of Harry Dahlem announces his passing at Samaritan Place, Saskatoon, on Aug. 31 at the age of 87.

We are left to mourn a man of great courage and strength, with an iron will and a soft heart for his loved ones. He was a great advocate, a passionate farmer, a beautiful singer and a dearly loved husband, father and grandfather.

Harry was born in Koblenz, Germany at a time of great upheaval. After the war, he came to his chosen country of Canada on March 6, 1952.

A bricklayer by trade, he contributed to many lovely and important buildings in Saskatoon, including schools such as Aden Bowman Collegiate, where he laid the intricate design on the feature wall; and churches such as All Saints Anglican and First Mennonite Church, where he will be remembered.

He also had a glorious baritone voice, which could have led to a career in singing; but Harry was also in love with the law, and decided to become a lawyer, graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1961.

Harry chose to work for Francis, Gauley and Hughes, which for a time was Francis, Gauley, Dierker and Dahlem, and today partly lends its name to the firm McDougall Gauley. He was the primary lawyer for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, travelling across the province defending teachers.

In 2009, he published a book entitled From Classroom to Courtroom: A Legal History of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation with Derwyn Crozier-Smith. Harry practised law until the age of 80.

He received the designation of Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) in 1979, and was named an honourary life member of the STF in 1989, the only non-teacher so honoured at that time. He was later presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan branch.

Harry was also for many years the chair of the Law Foundation, and threw himself into fundraising for the Law Foundation Wing at the U of S College of Law.

Harry's other passion was farming. He came by that love naturally, having descended from farmers in his home country and having worked on farms both in Germany and in Canada.

He not only sang, but loved classical music. He and Rita often sought out musical pleasures when they travelled, and attended Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra performances; Harry also sat on the SSO board for several years, among other volunteer activities.

His was an involved, busy life and we will miss him - and his allegedly great sense of humour - so much.

Harry is survived by Rita, his wife of 49 years; his daughter Joanne (Ken Paulson); his daughter Kristin (Chris Belfour, Erin and Ashley); his son David (Shea Hamilton and their children Mattheus, Alexander, Caia and Liam); and his loyal, adored dog, Heini.

He is also survived by his sister, Ingrid (Jurgen); brother Henning (Anne); brother Horst (Madeleine); and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marguerite, his sisters Ursula and Elke, and his parents, Johanna (Kexel) and Fritz.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made in Harry's name to the Saskatoon SPCA (www.saskatoonspca.com.) His family is grateful to the staff at Samaritan Place, where he spent his last months, Prairie Hospice, and the Palliative Care unit at St. Paul's Hospital. Thank you all for your love and care.

Arrangements are entrusted to Dalmeny Funeral Home, 306 254-2022, www.dalmenyfuneralhome.ca.

A service celebrating his long and rich life will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. at First Mennonite Church, 418 Queen Street, Saskatoon, SK.

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Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Sep. 3, 2016.
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September 14, 2016
Harry was a wonderful man, a skilled lawyer and a great supporter of the College of Law and PLEA.
Doug Surtees
September 13, 2016
Dearest Rita David Kristen Joanne and families; We are so very sorry to hear of the recent loss of your husband father and grandfather. Harry was a very special person. He was loved by all who knew him. He was a very hard worker and always set his sights very high. He was a very dear friend to all of our family. Many memorable moments with the Senger and Dahlem families. Blitz and our first dog Duchess were best friends too. Harry will be able to see them romp again. Again, our deepest sympathies from all of us. HARVEY, GAYLE, CAMERON, RYAN, JAMIE and their families. GOD BLESS YOU ALL WITH PEACE IN YOUR HEARTS!!!
Harvey and Gayle Senger
September 11, 2016
Sincerest condolences. I am sure this is a very sad time, but I hope you can find some comfort in knowing how justifiably proud you can be of your husband and father. Harry had s statesman like reputation within the legal community: unfailingly correct, polite, and ethical. The kind of image that all of us would like to emulate. I think back to my days as the most junior of lawyers, Harry was already a senior partner at one of the most prestigious law firms in the province, and yet he always greeted me with the respect of an equal, when I was anything but. Harry was a great lawyer and proved you could be a perfect gentleman at the same time.
Mark Brayford
September 7, 2016
Dear Joanne and family
My deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Dad. May he rest in peace.
Sincerely, Alisa Leson (aka Crash)
Alisa Leson
September 7, 2016
Harry will be missed greatly. He was a wonderful ambassador for our city, the German community and our profession. We were fortunate to get to know him.
Brian & Amy Pfefferle
September 7, 2016
I worked with Harry on the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan and in connection with various U of S projects over the years. He was a wonderful man who combined the best of personal and professional qualities: commitment, generosity, civility, wisdom and thoughtfulness.

My thoughts are with Rita, Joanne and the entire family as you (and we) remember and mourn this fine, fine man.

Peter MacKinnon,
Canmore, Alberta
(past president, U of S
Peter MacKinnon
September 6, 2016
Rita, thinking of you and the children surrounded with love from family and friends. Harry will be missed by all who knew him. Cousin memories will continue to be shared I'm sure.
Dawn & Don Epp
September 5, 2016
We have fond memories of Harry when we lived in Saskatoon. He sang at our wedding 58 years ago accompanied by Marguerite.

Death is not extinguishing the light;
it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
Sincere sympathy to Rita and family.
Leonard and Lea Zacharias
September 3, 2016
A wonderful man who will be missed.

Matt Petryk
September 3, 2016
A great friend and respected advisor to both Saskatchewan classroom teachers and administrators! I particularly remember his giving very helpful advice about local issues in the early 1970s when provincial bargaining was just beginning.
John Duerkop
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