Alvin Allen Grey Hagarty passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014 at his cabin on Clearwater Lake.
With his wife by his side, having just eaten his favourite meal, he sat down in his chair overlooking his million-dollar view and slipped quietly from this Earth and returned to his Prairie home.
Alvin was born Jan. 22, 1925 in Riverhearst, Sask. to Myrtle and Norman Hagarty. He spent the first 14 years of life, living with his two brothers, Jack and Ernie, on the golden prairies and it was always a big part of who he was.
In 1939, in the midst of the Great Depression, his family escaped the drought and moved to Stratton, Ont.—a land that he said was “teaming with wildlife, berries, and fish.”
As a teenager, Alvin worked in a thrashing crew and later cut wood for what he always said was “pennies” a cord.
In the 1940s, he joined the Canadian National Railroad and was known to many as “Hungry Red” as he would never turn down a shift. When he retired from the CN after 46-and-a-half years, he was proud to say that he had top seniority of any employee at the time.
In 1951, Alvin married Elizabeth “Betty” Marsh and the two were married for 63 years.
Alvin also is survived by his sons, Rick (Donna) Hagarty of Rainy River, Ont. and Brian (James) Hagarty of Clearwater Lake, Ont.; daughters, Kathy (Joe) Cizmar of Thunder Bay, Ont. and Deb Hagarty of Rainy River, Ont.; grandchildren, Jess, Shannon, Joanne, Joel, Erin, Dale, and Aimee; and great-grandchildren, Taya, Brin, Seamus, and Liam.
Alvin was predeceased by his grandchildren, Shae and Kara.
Alvin was an avid gardener and loved spending his time at the cabin at Clearwater lake. He lived full and hard, loved playing ball, cards, curling, and horseshoes, working, and gardening.
Life was a competition and anyone competing against him most likely would lose. He loved to win and he loved to laugh.
He was a fantastic card player, story-teller, and berry-picker, and worked hard at anything he did. Even into his 70s, he could out-work most of his children and grandchildren.
He was a good husband, a good father and grandfather, a good brother and son, and a good friend. He lived a good life, was content, had all he ever wanted, and he leaves behind a family that admired him, loved him, looked up to him, and will spend the rest of their days missing him.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. from Knox United Church in Rainy River, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating.
Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River.
The honourary pallbearers were Archie Wiersema, Bob Ewald, Bill Szlauko, Don Bolen, Murray Meyers, and Don Beyak
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
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