Hendrik (Hank) Byzitter

09/03/1962 - 12/11/2020

Obituary For Hendrik (Hank) Byzitter

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Hendrik (Hank) Byzitter on November 12, 2020 at the age of 58 years.

Hank grew up in British Columbia and raised his family in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He loved camping, fishing, walking and spending time with his family. Hank had a love and appreciation for the outdoors and never hesitated to take the opportunity to teach others. He was an active Christian and loved God as well as his church. He took great pleasure in his volunteer work with the Salvation Army. He had a kind heart and loved to make people laugh. He was the type of person to lighten the mood in any room with his joyful presence. A gentle, loving man that will forever be missed.

Hank will be forever in the hearts of his mother and father Dick and Tineke, siblings Rick, Jane and Andrew, his children Amanda and Shawn as well as his grandchildren Chloe, Mya and Wilder.

A funeral service for immediate family will be held for Hank on Tuesday November 24, 2020 at Bear Creek Funeral Home at 1pm. For those unable to attend, a livestream of Hank’s service will be available on the Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube page (link also at the bottom of this page).

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Hank was a kind man who cared about others. He joined the Community Advisory Board on Housing and Homelessness in 2019 and his presence at the monthly meetings will be missed. It was a pleasure knowing him and I give condolences to all his family.
- K Schmidt
Condolences from VOTVGP - VOICE OF THE VOICELESS. Hank was one of our five (5) subscribing members. We will miss him!
- Thelma Vincent
I remember his happy laugh so well! Just wanted to send my love and know you're all in my thoughts, Amanda, Shawn.... I'm so sorry you have to go through this time of grieving, I hope all those happy memories stay strong in your hearts, until you meet again! Love from Sara and Joseph and family
- Sara Schuurman
Hank was a good friend. We worked together at Flint for several years and after that, remained in contact as best that we were able, during these hard times. He will be missed. My condolences to all the family--I did meet you Amanda at Flint years ago. May God bless and keep him.
- BJ Blackerman

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What type of service should I have?

If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you.  Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.

Who are Funeral Directors and what do they do?

Funeral directors are in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body. Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death.

What if a death occurs away from my home town?

We are here to help, we can arrange to have your loved one transported home from anywhere in the world. We will assume responsibility and make the proper arrangements to have them returned to the community. We use the same organization that brings our military home when needed.

What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?

Funeral homes and funeral professionals in Alberta are licensed by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. If you are unhappy with the way a funeral was handled or the actions of a funeral home in Alberta, you may speak with or proceed with a complaint process to seek resolution of the matter. More information is found at  or by phone at (780) 452-6130 

How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?

It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.

What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

We are here to help, funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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