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Hugh Decker

April 16, 1931 ~ August 29, 2021 (age 90)


It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Hugh Decker of Medicine Hat, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend.

Hugh, aged 90, was loved immensely and will be remembered for his devotion to family, positivity, humour, and passion for gardening, nature and the outdoors. He leaves behind Norma, his wife of 60 years; children, Alan (Carla), Lori (Doug), Shelly (Steve), Blaine (Kelly) and Colin. He adored all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Sieg (Helen). Hugh was predeceased by his infant daughter, Tammy; parents (Adolf and Agatha); sister, Agnes and brother, Ace.

Hugh was born in Minitonas, Manitoba and lived in Edmonton for many years before moving to Medicine Hat where he enjoyed the milder winters and puttering in his yard.

At Hugh’s request, there is no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to St. Joseph’s Home Carmel Hospice, where the team provided such compassionate and supportive care in his final weeks.

Many thanks to the wonderful people who helped him during his courageous battle with cancer. Hugh was so grateful and knew he was loved. He will be missed and forever loved.

To those I love and those who loved me
When I am gone, release me, let me go
I have so many things to see and do
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave to you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown.

But now it’s time I travelled on alone.
So grieve for me a while for me if grieve you must.
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for a while that we must part.
So bless the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on,

So if you need me, call and I will come,
Though you won’t see me or touch me, I’ll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
All my love around you, soft and clear
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and say, “Welcome Home.”

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