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Albert Henry Brassard

November 25, 1947 ~ June 29, 2020 (age 72)

Obituary

    Albert Henry Brassard of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Monday, June 29, 2020 at the age of 72 years.

    He is lovingly remembered by his three children, Trevor (Kim) Brassard, Tammy (Glen) Sawa and Tanya (Jason) Hueppelsheuser; 5 granddaughters, Shaelee, Shelby, Paige, Tylar, and Isabella; brothers Norman (Val) Brassard and Joe Brassard; sister in law Terry Brassard, and their families.

    Al is predeceased by his parents Roland and Rosa Brassard and “kid brother” Aime.

    Al was born and raised on the farm outside of Cluny, Alberta. At age 16, he left home to work in the oil fields and from there on to soil testing. In 1988, he became a feed mill operator for Masterfeeds in Picture Butte, where he worked for the better part of three decades until his retirement. Through his work at Masterfeeds, Al developed many friendships with good people, and it is these memories of which he often spoke.

    Al loved sports. As a boy, he played hockey, basketball, and volleyball. His true passion was curling which began after he started playing in high school. He went on to curl in leagues for many years after. In his later years, Al enjoyed watching sports of all kinds and knew anything you wanted to know about any curler, tennis player or hockey player. He was also a skilled online poker player.

    Al lived a quiet, simple life. He did not value fancy cars or extravagant homes or possessions. He valued time and experiences with people for whom he cared most. His favourite past time was spending time with family and friends, he enjoyed a good visit over a coffee or beer above anything else. He was an exceptional conversationalist, with the ability to discuss any topic, from history to world events, from politics to sports. He will be forever remembered for his humour and quick wit, especially his one-liners. He had a positivity that never wavered, even in his final days. Al was a hardworking man built on a foundation of integrity, honesty, and generosity. It is these values that he passed on to his children.

    He will forever live in the hearts of his children and grandchildren, and all who knew him. To honour Al, his family invites you to enjoy a beer or a coffee with a loved one, and to make good memories of your own, just as he would have.

    As per Al’s wishes a private family graveside service will be held.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Al’s name to the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, 1400 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.

    A special thank you is extended to the nurses and physicians of Unit 4C at the Chinook Regional Hospital, and of St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit. The exceptional care and compassion for Al and his family will not be forgotten.

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