August 20, 1934 – April 7, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. First born son to Ida and Albin Persson, Hugh grew up with younger sister Faye and several cousins in the New Norway area of Alberta.
At the ages of 13 and 14 Hugh and Ivy met as schoolmates and a life long relationship began. For 72 years and married for 63 years, they road life’s roller coaster together. Five children were born to Hugh and Ivy and together they raised their family and built theirs lives. Through all of life’s joy’s and sadness, successes and failures they stayed strong.
Hugh worked hard his whole life and threw his whole being into whatever he was doing.
He began working in oilfield production right after finishing school. Through hard work and determination he moved through the oil patch and eventually owned his own consulting company in Calgary. He helped many family members and friends transition into successful careers in the oilfields. He was a stern task master who commanded respect. Although he had a tough exterior, he was a generous man who had a soft spot for children and animals. He had an amazing work ethic and expected the same from his co-workers and family. This work ethic allowed him the pleasure of an early retirement when he and Ivy moved from Calgary to Campbell River in 1982 . Together with friends and family they spent hundreds of happy hours fishing and cruising the small islands. After several years in Campbell River they realized a life dream and purchased an acreage in Black Creek where he worked tirelessly on the property and raised his beloved chickens.
Sadly Hugh was pre-deceased by his infant daughter Sherry and his oldest son Bill. He leaves behind to mourn his loss, his wife Ivy, daughter Kathie ( Rick), son Bob, daughter Kristy ( Dwayne) and sister Faye ( Keith ), his 4 grandsons Mark, Cody , Brett and Jordan, their partners, and great grandchildren Huey, Ever and Linden who meant the world to him. He also leaves behind his sisters in law, several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A special thank you to the Staff at Discovery Passage Care Centre for loving and caring for Hugh. We appreciate you and understand how difficult you jobs are. Thank you for an amazing job.
Rest peacefully Hugh. You are loved and will be dearly missed. In our hearts forever.
Cremation by request. Due to Covid 19 a Celebration of life to be announced at a later date and service to be held in Camrose Alberta at a later date.
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