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JOHN ALAN HACKETT (published on January 31, 2009)



JOHN ALAN HACKETT Alan Hackett has departed this world and has joined his beloved wife Audrey (nee Scaife) on January 24, 2009 at the age of 88 years. Alan was born in Langruth, Manitoba on April 26, 1920 to Henrietta Hackett (nee Knapp) and John Hackett. In 1922 he moved to Winnipeg with his parents. His wife Audrey predeceased him in 1994. Surviving him are his daughter Kerry and son-in-law Allan Bartlett; sisters, Joan and Vera Hackett of Los Angeles; grandsons, Bryan and Darcy Bartlett; granddaughter Tracy Bartlett; sisters-in-law, Beryl McDiarmid of Winnipeg and Pat Scaife of Calgary and many nieces and nephews. Alan enlisted in the 3rd Battalion Royal Winnipeg Rifles in 1940, serving as a Sergeant Instructor at the 100th (Basic) Training Centre, Portage la Prairie and later overseas. He was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, suffered multiple wounds and returned to Canada. After convalescing, he took a Remedial Physical Training course in Portage la Prairie and, on qualifying, was posted as an instructor at Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg. In 1948 he joined the sales staff of 3M Canada Inc., retiring in May 1982 after 34 years. In his early youth, Alan enjoyed all forms of sport, but his greatest joy in his life was golf. In addition to his passion for golf, he devoted much of his retirement years researching and compiling the history of Manitoba golf courses. His book, Manitoba Links, was completed and published in September 1998. He joined Assiniboine Golf Course in 1962 and in 2002 was honoured with an honorary life membership. In 2007, Alan was recognized by Golf Manitoba for his contribution to the game of Golf in Manitoba as the author of Manitoba Links A Kaleidoscopic History of Golf. At Alan's request, cremation has taken place and there will be a private family service followed by interment in the family plot at Waverley Memorial Gardens, 1501 Waverley Street, Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Al's memory to Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, Inpatient Programs, 2109 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 0L3. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home. Their true dedication, patience, compassion and care ensured that Alan's stay there was made easier. Thank You! THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Send expressions of sympathy to www.mem.com


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