Posted: December 3rd, 2021

June 23, 1929 ~ November 29, 2021


It is with profound sadness that the family of Benedict “Ben” Rudolf Lockert, beloved husband of the late Sheilagh Lockert, announce his peaceful passing at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice, in Medicine Hat, on Monday, November 29, 2021, at the age of 92 years, our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. Left to cherish and honour Ben’s memory are his two sons, Pat (Tanis), Greg (Wendy); daughter, Shannon (Steve ) English; six grandsons, Spencer (Alexa), Jamin (Alison), Cody (Breanna), Josh (Tori), Sean (Melissa), and Jason; one great-grandson, Liam; sisters-in-law, Virginia Lockert, Gayle Olson and Loretta (Hugh) Hermary as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ben was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Eleanora; his loving wife of 52 years, Sheilagh; an infant son, Sean; daughter-in-law, Suzanne; one sister and four brothers. Ben was born on June 23, 1929, at the home farm in Vibank, SK. He attended St. Franciscus and the Elsas High School in Vibank where he graduated from grade 12. In 1950 and 1951, he attended Teacher’s College in Moose Jaw. Upon graduation, Ben taught at Grassington and Manybones schools and then Rockglen Elementary where he was very active with the Kinsmen Club and the hardball league in the area. In 1956, Ben moved to Moose Jaw where he worked at Investors Syndicate and Mannings Biscuits “Dad’s cookies”. This is where he met his future bride, Sheilagh McGrath. Ben moved to Regina and worked with Delta Finance Company. He rejoined the teaching profession and taught at Ursaline High School. Ben and Sheilagh were married on April 3, 1961, at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina. He continued to teach at Ursaline until 1963 when he moved to Medicine Hat where he taught at St. Mary’s Jr. High until his retirement in 1990. During his teaching career he coached numerous teams in a variety of sports. After teaching Ben enjoyed his retirement playing slow pitch for the Senior Provincial team, golfing, travelling, playing pool, and was an avid fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Medicine Hat Tigers and the Blue Jays. Above all else, Ben was a family man and a huge supporter of his grandsons and all their activities. The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, 5 West and St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice for their compassion and care extended to Ben. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road S.E., Medicine Hat, on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Those wishing to join the family virtually and experience the Funeral Mass are invited to watch via live-stream by connecting to Youtube and search: Medicine Hat Holy Family Church and click on the video link. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Ben’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB., T2N 1Z6 or to St. Joseph’s Home-Carmel Hospice, 156 – 3 Street N.E., Medicine Hat, AB., T1A 5M1. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is


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