Posted: May 20th, 2020

1955 ~ 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dear brother, Mervin Hauck at his home in Nova Scotia from heart failure on May 11, 2020 at the age of 64.

He is survived by his soul mate and life partner Arno of 35 years.

He leaves to cherish his memory his brothers and sisters: Sandra (Jim) Schafer, Nancy (Lyndon) Reinhardt, Randy (Sharla) Hauck, Wally Hauck, Vance (Roxanne) Hauck along with his many adoring nieces and nephews.

Mervin is predeceased by his parents Matthew (2017) and Rosemarie (2015) Hauck.

Mervin was able to light up a room with his persona, energy and charm. His love for his family went beyond measure. He was blessed with a green thumb and loved to nurture his beautiful flower gardens and entertain and made wonderful meals for family and friends to enjoy. Mervin loved to dance, sing and have a good time. The ocean and countryside were his back yard and he walked many a mile with his beloved dogs Jax and Juno. He was an educator for most of his life with many degrees and with that came many intriguing conversations in which he provided his knowledge and wisdom.

Mervin will be lovingly remembered by his family, friends and all the countless lives he touched over the years. It gives us great comfort knowing he is in the arms of Mom and Dad now.

Que Sera, Sera dear brother, we will miss you dearly!

At Mervin’s request there will be no formal funeral service.

29 Condolences for “MERVIN HAUCK”

  1. Debbie Smith says:

    We were saddened by the sudden passing of Mervin. I worked with Mervin in Calgary and spent our summers down the road from his home in Nova Scotia.

    Please accept our deepest condolences for you loss. He will be missed in the community.

    Debbie and Doug

  2. John Williamson says:

    I loved working with Mervin. He was wise,
    kind, and funny. A gifted student educator and a great man! My sincere condolences.

  3. Denise DeNeve says:

    Mervin was such a character. I was his Supervisor as he touched many lives here in Calgary in his role of Chaplain in some of the high schools. He also was instrumental in helping young men and women who needed an alternate educational environment with his work in the Sanctuary program. Indeed, “Mervin was able to light up a room with his persona, energy and charm“.
    Please accept my condolences.

  4. Rose Marie Stewart says:

    It was with a very sad heart that I read of Merv’s passing. I worked with Merv in his role as chaplain at Bishop O’Byrne High School in Calgary. He was an incredibly gifted individual who built wonderful relationships with the staff and students of the school. We shared many laughs together. I recall the day he told me he was moving back East, I was so delighted for him. I offer my sincere condolences to all his family and friends.

  5. Holly Schile says:

    Sending my love to the family and Arno. I have beautiful memories of Merv, both of us laughing so hard it hurt at crazy stories and situations finding the wonderful in everything and singing, ‘Dusty Old Farmer’ linking us to our youth. I hold a special place in my heart for Merv and all the authentic love and spirit that he shared.

  6. Diana Baker says:

    I worked with Mervin at St. Gabriel in Chestermere and loved anytime he came to our school to talk to our graduates. He was our Chaplain for several years and we still use the “leaf” ceremony he created for our graduates. He was an amazing person that gave great insight to many of our students. My deepest condolences.


  7. Patricia MacDonald says:

    I am so sad to hear of Mervin’s passing. I was blessed to have him as a colleague for my first few years teaching at Bishop O’Byrne high school in Calgary. He was always such a positive light in an often busy, stressful day. He is dearly missed.

  8. Kim Welte says:

    As an Assistant Principal, I was blessed to work with Mervin in CCSD at St. Gabriel. He was an inspiration to staff and students alike. As our chaplain, I worked with him to organize many senior high retreats and he inspired us with walks and talks at the FCJ centre and along the Bow river/Chestermere lake. He cared deeply for staff and his sense of humour and true sense of life purpose inspired so many young people – you are truly ‘top shelf’ Mervin!…May your rest in peace and may your family be comforted knowing how much you meant to so many people. Kim

  9. Linda Foo says:

    Mr. Hauck was my jr. high phys ed teacher and work experience supervisor. He was always full of joy and mischief. He brought a sincere enthusiasm to his work as a teacher and I remember him fondly. My deepest sympathy for your loss and I will include you in my prayers for Healing. Remember the joy he gave you.

  10. Jennifer Sande says:

    I have such wonderful memories of Merv. He was my Spiritual Director when we worked together at St. Mary’s High School.

    My best memory of Merv was when he would invite us over to his place for a very special turkey dinner created lovingly by him in his beautiful home. He made us all feel very special, loved and appreciated.

    My condolences to all of his friends and family.

    May his soul rest in peace.


  11. Kathleen Tousignant says:

    Gibran wrote: “Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving”.
    Merve, I will always treasure your understanding, your kindness, your wit. When I think about the Bishop Grandin years, your effervescent personality is a highlight. Creativity and enthusiasm were always present when Merv was part of a project.
    You made life better for those in your orbit.
    You will always hold a dear place in my heart. I am thankful for the gift to the world that was Merve Hauck.

  12. Bradford says:

    I worked with Mervin early in my career and he gave me confidence to be a shepherd in my own clothes. My condolences to his loved ones. I am grateful for his excellent modelling. Peace be with you, brother.

  13. Kathryn Morrison says:

    I had the pleasure to meet/work with Mervin in 1999-2000…in the Peace/Sanctuary Program (CSSD). He had such a wonderful sense of humour, warm heart and a joyful spirit!

    Sharing in your loss, with heartfelt sympathy…

    R.I.P. Mervin! I can imagine you are singing and dancing with the angels! God Bless.

    Kathryn Morrison

  14. Erica Spina says:

    I’ll never forget how you captivated the students – all of them. Watching you conduct your retreats in the chapel, the charisma, the passion, the excitement… the students didn’t want to leave when it was over. They would seek you out for more. You were a true friend. I was so fortunate to have met and worked with you my first year of teaching. You taught with love. You inspired people to be better, do better, love harder. You will be missed. Sincere condolences to your family and to Arno. Merv, you were one of a kind.

  15. Noel McArdle says:

    Mervin truly achieved the “top shelf” through all of his daily actions.

    Working with Mervin at St. Gabriel the Archangel, his compassionate understanding of the students and staff helped the school community experience very meaningful and soul searching retreats and celebrations. His creation of a memorable graduation tradition still lives on today at SGA.
    My thoughts and prayers to Vance & Roxanne and the rest of Mervin’s family.


  16. Gary & Kathie Strother says:

    Our memories of Merv were that of a gentle, caring soul that always had a twinkle in his eye. He was always happy and embraced his students; they truly loved him. He will be sorely missed…

  17. Jordan Nakaska says:

    Mervin was the chaplain at my high school, Bishop Grandin, in Calgary. He was a kind and loving person who was very encouraging of all those around him. He was the type of person that if you knew him even for a brief time, you would remember him for the rest of your life.

    Mervin, thank you for all of your kindness and support. Rest in peace.
    Jordan Nakaska

  18. Stephanie Carson says:

    He was a wonderful friend and colleague. I still have the letter you wrote to me when I was going through some personal struggles. Rest In Peace Merv.

  19. Elaine McNaughton says:

    Arno, Al and I are so very sad to hear of Mervin’s passing!! He was such a wonderful human being! When he would work for us over the summers we would laugh and laugh together. Everyone in the lumber yard at Rona would make quick friends with him when we would go grab supplies. He was so easy to talk with and we often tell our staff stories that he had told us. He was always so devoted to you and spoke so proudly of your accomplishments. We were so happy that he was allowed to preside over my dad’s funeral and became a source of comfort to our three kids when they attended Bishop O’Byrne high. He and I had many comforting conversations about my Dad’s passing and it gave me peace. I wish you peace in the coming days and months ahead and hope you know his memory will be ever present for many of us. Regards, Elaine and Al McNaughton.

  20. Cynthia Stratulat says:

    I was blessed to work with Mervin at Bishop Grandin High School. Mervin was a dear friend – a light in dark times. His words of kindness and wisdom will always be cherished.

  21. Carol Morrison says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Merv’s passing. I worked with Merv so many years ago at Camp Cadicasu, back when Father Eric Nelson was the director. Merv was a great friend, and so wonderful with the kids! We had many laughs, but also many heartfelt and intellectual conversations. I will never forget his stories about his disco dancing competitions, and his demonstrations of his rad dance skills! I will always remember his old car, with the wings on the back, that carried so many of us back and forth to camp every weekend! After not seeing him for some time, I was delighted to see that, like me, he was also working with the Calgary Catholic School District, and I enjoyed seeing him at District events. Merv was enthusiastic and funny, but also gentle and thoughtful. He will be missed, but fondly remembered by so many people. My heartfelt condolences to Merv’s family, close friends, and his partner, Arno.

  22. Michael Ryall says:

    I remember Merv’s genuine, and infectious, positivity and kindness. He always gave of his time to ensure the happiness of his students and colleagues. My condolences to his family and friends.

  23. Christa Coleman says:

    Mervin was a gem to work with. He was a student advocate and passionate in his work. It was a pleasure to work with Mervin and I am saddened to hear of his passing.

  24. Lisa Nielsen says:

    Sending my condolences ♥️🙏

  25. Paul Barry says:

    What a special person Mervin was to many people!! I had the pleasure to have worked with Mervin at Bishop O’Byrne. He was very generous with his time and efforts to make others lives better!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time!!
    May Mervin Rest In Peace!
    Paul Barry


    I enjoyed my time with Mervin at St. Anne’s. My condolences to his family and friends.

  27. Karen L. Russsell says:

    Merv touched my life and the life of the children we taught and learned with in the RCIA for kids ministry at St. Patrick’s Church. He had such passion to bring faith, love and hope to all. I have thought of him often and treasure my time with him planning for the kids. He was a wonderful man!

  28. Moyra Martin says:

    I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Merv during my years with the Calgary Catholic School District. I remember his upbeat enthusiasm and ready smile. He could alway make me laugh and we did laugh! He was always planning a retreat, a lesson, a celebration, some new event that involved and inspired students. Merv will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to the family and friend of this special man.

  29. Frances Graham says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Mervin at Bishop Grandin H.S. As a colleague and friend, Mervin was always fun to be around. He had a great sense of humour and was so kind. As chaplain at school, his office was often busy with student visits as he was easy to talk to and available when needed. My condolences to his partner and family. Mervin was a lovely person.

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