Posted: May 1st, 2013

Harry Fred Wahl passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the age of 63 years. The beloved husband of Linda Wahl of 35 years, he also leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Kristin (Kenzie) Liefso and his son Jeff Wahl (Ashley McDougall); grandchildren Everett, Maguire & Ella Liefso all of Medicine Hat. Also dear to his heart were Jennifer and Chad Lesnar along with their children Caleb, Madelyn and Mathea of Kola, Manitoba as well as Erhardt and Lynn Frank of Medicine Hat. He also leaves to cherish his memory his mother Frieda Wahl; two brothers Earl (Rae) Wahl and Rick (Sue) Wahl all of Medicine Hat; one sister Anita Zaporzan of Lethbridge; mother-in-law Dorothy Moore of Brandon, Manitoba, sisters and brothers-in-law Pat Sokolowski, Carolyn (Greg) Gill of Brandon, Mickey (Doug) Miller of Lake Newell, Doug (Norine) Moore of Medicine Hat, Brenda (Richard) Vanhove of Yorkton, Gary Moore of Brandon, Tracey Moore of Rivers, Dianne (Alwin) Becker of Brandon as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Harry was predeceased by his beautiful daughter Megan Wahl, father Fred Wahl, father-in-law Arthur Moore and brothers-in-law Dwight Slater, Don Moore and Charlie Sokolowski. Harry was born March 22, 1950 in Medicine Hat where he received his primary education, graduating from Medicine Hat High School is 1968. He then attended the University of Calgary graduating with a BA in 1971 and continued on to Law School at the University of Alberta in 1974. Harry was proud to have articled for the Honorable Jim Horseman and was called to the Bar in 1975. Harry possessed a great passion for both his business and personal life and spoke fondly about his work and the legal system. Harry had an amazing sense of humour and a quick dry wit. He loved to laugh. Harry believed in both working hard and also taking the time to enjoy life. He loved to travel, especially if a beach was involved; one of his favourite destinations was Maui. Harry’s love of horses provided him the opportunity to combine both travel and family and he spent many years traveling to horse shows throughout Canada and the US, extending his family to include what he considered his “horse show family”. His love of sports included the Medicine Hat Tigers, Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox and whatever hockey team his grandson was playing for – he rarely missed a game. He shared his love for baseball with his son Jeff and they enjoyed their trips to Boston and New York to watch their rival teams play. He reminisced fondly about the little league ball team that he and Gary Hildebrand took to the finals in 1972. Harry relished the time he spent at Elkwater with family and friends: water skiing, fishing, boating, barbequing and snow skiing. Above all, Harry’s greatest love was for his family. He was a devoted husband, amazing father and loving grandfather. Throughout his illness Harry always said his grandchildren were his” best medicine” and he cherished every moment he had with them. Harry touched so many lives and will always be remembered for his unwavering love for his family and life. Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 12 noon to 12:55 p.m. The funeral service will be held in Victory Lutheran Church (2793 Southview Drive SE) on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Barrett Scheske officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Harry may do so with a donation to either The Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation 666 -5 St SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4H6 or The Megan Wahl Memorial Fund c/o The Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta, 104 – 430 6th Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2S8. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Harry Wahl or you may visit www.gonebutnotforgotten.ca and leave a message of condolence. Funeral Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 4C2

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  1. dawn says:

    Our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. Isaiah 63:9 says everything that pains us pains God as well. May you find comfort in knowing that God’s love guarantees that He will remove all the things that cause us distress.

  2. Elaine Figley says:

    Linda, Kristen & Jeff:
    Words cannot express the sadness that Kelli Brady and myself feel at this time, if their is anything that we can do, please do not hesitate to ask, Memories will be your golden key thru the years, and we know that you share many. God bless you at this time

  3. Hilma Brost says:

    Linda our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear husband. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to meet him. God give you courage and strength in the days ahead.
    Kristen my heart goes out to you, Kenzie and those adorable kids that grandpa loved so much. I saw the joy in his eyes when he looked at Maguire the one day I was there.
    God knows your pain and deep loss. We are upholding each one of you in prayer.
    Gerhard and Hilma Brost

  4. Shawna Burton says:

    So sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. He and Luanne had a long run together, he was more like family than her boss. i always enjoyed our visits, and his great sense of humor. He will be missed by so many.

  5. Maureen Johnson says:

    Linda and family, I cannot express the sadness and shock that myself and family feel at this time upon hearing of Harry’s passing. He will be missed by many, I so enjoyed my conversations with Harry, he was so devoted to you and your family. Our condolences to you, Kristen, Jeff and everyone else in your family. Sincerely Maureen, Ron, Joelle, Taylor Johnson

  6. Bob Olmstead says:

    So sorry to hear about Harry’s passing. Kindest thoughts,
    Bob Olmstead
    MHHS class of ’68

  7. Carla says:

    I would like the person that edits these condolences to understand that “dawn” is a stalker. She leaves a message on nearly every obituary usually including a bible verse. These families do not know her and find this person extremely invasive at a very sensitive time in their lives. We noticed this when she left a message for us on my father in law’s obituary. She is trolling and it is infuriating.

  8. Judy Maynard says:

    Linda and family,
    Please accept our condolences at your loss of your husband and father Harry. When I think of Maui, many thoughts of Harry come to mind. Harry reading in the sun, lunch before more pool time then off to one of his favourite restaurants on the island like Mama’s Fish House. Memories are so important and we just wanted to share one of our family memories.
    Judy & Dallas

  9. Maggie Simon says:

    Linda and family,
    We were very sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. He helped both my parents (Robert McCulloch and Catherine McCulloch) with legal work over the years and they loved his passion for his work and straight talk. I lost my Father this January so I know how tough the road ahead will be for all of you. You are in our thougths and prayers – one day at a time. Maggie & Robin Simon

  10. Janyn Bertram says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I eenjoyed workking for him.

  11. Janelle Maharaj says:

    We want to send our condolences to Auntie Frieda, Linda, Kristin, Jeff, and Harry’s grandchildren. It’s so sad to learn he has passed away at the age of 63. We hope you are comforted by the best of memories with Harry and can cherish the times he was healthy and happiest. We hope you find your hearts at peace and for those times your heart is not that you feel the love and support of those around you.

    With condolences Janelle Maharaj (Hansen) and family (Anil, Maya and Jaiden) and on behalf of Irene Wenngatz and family (Tanya, Jessica, and Nicole)

  12. Harry Wenngatz says:

    I was just informed about Harry’s passing and wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Auntie Frieda and all of her extended family. It is with fondness that I remember the days spent at our cousins place and how they always made me feel a part of their family. Though the winds direction is beyond our control, our course is determined by the tack of our sails. All we can do is sail through this and remember him for who he is. My memory is his whimsical laugh. Once again, I am so sorry for your loss.

  13. Rod Thurlow says:

    Linda and family,
    Janice and I are so sorry for your loss. I’ll always remember Harry for his humour, compassion, and generosity. He will be missed.

  14. bobbi gruning says:

    Our condolences to the wahl family,
    Be comforted by memories and cherish happy times.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Bobbi gruning (metcalf)
    Sandy and bill swanson

  15. Suzan Lapp says:

    Your husband, father and grandfather was a very special man. Although I didn’t know your family that well he always made me feel a part of it. He had an amazing heart that shone through and I’m honored to have known him. I’ll never forget the years we spent together at 4-H – he was always there looking out for everyone of us kids. Sending you all love at this time. Harry will be missed by many.

  16. Bev Price and Family says:

    Mrs Wahl and family , I was saddened of your loss,he was a good man. he will be remembered for his kindness, every time we ran into him , he always stopped and talked whether he was on his way to a case, even if he only had a moment. He always made you feel good and he had a smile for you. he was a straightshooter. God Bless you and family through this hard time, your all in our thoughts and prayers. Bev Price and boys.

  17. Kellie Farries says:

    I have had the pleasure of seeing Harry many times over the years when stopping in his office to visit my Aunt Luanne, from the time I was little… I will remember him as being friendly and always taking time the time to have a quick visit, and always smiling. With deepest sympathy.

    Kellie, BJ Farries and family

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