1931 - 2021
Harry Hecht, beloved husband of the late Johanna Hecht, passed away in Taber on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the age of 89 years.
As a result of the restrictions regarding Covid-19 and the government recommendations, a private Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Taber on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Harry is survived by his children Crystal Hecht of Vancouver, Karen Russell of Vancouver, Allan (Linda) Kopp of Calgary and Gordon (Rose) Kopp of Milk River; grandchildren Daniel, Sarah, Robert, Sherri, David, Peggy and Ted; Ted and Peggy’s mother Judy as well as numerous great grandchildren and step grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Maleta and many nieces and nephews, including Robert, Alice, Betty, Bill and Judy.
He was predeceased by Johanna, his loving wife of forty two years; parents Antonia and Henrik Hecht; sisters Selma and Hilda; nephews Terry and Keith as well as many members of Johanna’s family.
Harry was born in Middle Lake, Saskatchewan on July 13, 1931 in a small log house with a sod roof. He lived an adventurous life. He farmed in Saskatchewan, worked in the lumber industry in British Columbia and mined nickel in Manitoba. He also worked in the oil fields in Alberta, everything from rough necking on a oil rig to water hauling. Harry built two houses in Taber and single handedly tore down the Taber railway station. He also loved hunting and fishing. As a youngster he hunted the woods of Saskatchewan to put food on the table for his mother and sisters. For years, he hunted rabbits and deer with a single shot twenty two riffle. When he finally got a big old long barrel Winchester, he hunted more deer along with moose and elk. Again, all for survival. Later on he still enjoyed hunting and became a sport hunter and fisherman. After many adventures, Harry married Johanna and eventually settled on the acreage east of Taber, he loved life on the farm. He was creative and inventive, if he needed something, he made it. If something broke, he fixed it. He was very helpful. If a neighbor came by and needed something fixed, Harry always lent a helping hand, from carpentry to welding and everything in between. Harry was a great husband and father who will be missed by all who came in contact with him.