Obituaries

Leon "Pat" Haley

15/11/1961 - 11/07/2020

Obituary for Leon "Pat" Haley

November 15, 1961 – July 11, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our husband, father and grandfather, Pat, on July 11, 2020 at the age of 58.

He is survived by his wife, Sharri, two children; Jen and Melissa Haley, and six step-children; Carolyn Bowen, Mike (Tarynne) Bowen, Scott (Bradi) Bowen, Jamelle (Andy) Kyle, Graham (Jeni) Bowen, and Lisa (Shawn) Murray. Pat also leaves behind 19 grandchildren who were the apples of his eye.

Pat is survived by his mom, Gladys Foster, and his siblings Brian (Laurie), Donna (Leonard), Bridget, Ken (Sarah), Al (Mary Ann), and Shirley (Marlon).

Pat was born in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan on November 15, 1961. He grew up in Tisdale, SK on a large family farm with eight children. Pat loved playing hockey, working on mechanical projects with his dad, and spending time outdoors. Pat and his first wife had two beautiful girls, Jen and Melissa, who he raised in Calgary, AB. He was deeply passionate about family and his career. His dedication to his career and post-secondary education led him to receive many promotions. These promotions eventually brought him to Grande Prairie, AB in 2007. He truly enjoyed his work and co-workers at Wapiti Gravel Suppliers, where he continued to work until last November.

Pat met Sharri shortly after moving to Grande Prairie and they were married in 2010 in Hawaii. Pat was an instant hit with the family and took on the role of dad and grandpa with open arms. Pat and Sharri had many adventures travelling, camping and fishing but always made ample time for the ever-expanding family. He loved nothing more than quality time laughing and playing with the grandkids, either at their acreage, the lake or at the kid’s sporting events.
Pat was fortunate to overcome colon cancer in 2016, but after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2019, he lost a hard-fought battle and passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones.

A service will be held on Thursday July 16, 2020 at Bear Creek Funeral Home, 11802 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie at 1:00pm. Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, the service will be invite-only. For those interested in viewing from home, the service will be streamed live on the Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube page.

Donations can be made to KidsSport Canada. https://www.kidsportcanada.ca/alberta/grande-prairie/donation/

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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I have the best memories of Uncle Pat as a child. He would always be ready to play, wrestle and whatever we wanted pretty much with my brother Marc and I and my dad (Brian). He was always a happy go lucky guy and have so many fond memories of him. Condolences to everyone who loved him, may he Rest In Peace. <3
- Stephanie
Sincere condolences from household to yours.. sending our prayers for you.. Terry and Gail Darmochid
- Terry Darmochid
Sharri, Jen, Melissa and all the Family, Our deepest condolences to all of you. We at Standard General Calgary Maintenance division were very saddened with the news of Pat's passing. Pat left many good memories with all of us here, and will be surely missed by all who knew him. Brian, Shawn and all the SG Calgary Maintenance Team.
- Brian Pepe
My thoughts are with you and your family Sharri.
- Wendell Hommy
My sincere Condolences to you Sherri and Family. Our thoughts and Prayers be with you.
- Faye
Sending Sharri and family many hugs and most deepest condolences. I have fond memories of visiting with the extended family and enjoying the laughter and great times within the Pat and Sharri household. He will be incredibly missed by so many. Sending love and hugs. xxxxoooo
- Kim Ewin-Goebel

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Do I need to have an embalming

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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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