Posted: September 21st, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Terry on Sunday, September 18th, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Ron (Andrea) Schank and Angie (Jeff) Kettles; and grandchildren, Sebastian, Ella, Isabel, and Ruby. Terry is also survived by his brother, Jim (Doreen) Schank and their children, Kim, Carrie, Jason and families; his sister, Carol (Walter) Krysiak and their children Cathy, Karen, and families; two brothers-in-law, Elmer Stabler and Pete Massine; and his sister-in-law, Linda Barrand and her daughter, Lindsay; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Terry was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Frieda Schank; his brother, Bob; his sisters, Evelyn, Dorothy and Pat; and his mother-in-law, Doris Williams.

Terry was born in Medicine Hat on September 7th, 1956, the youngest of seven siblings. Childhood memories of family, fishing expeditions, camping, Boy Scouts, and hockey were among some of his favourites. He was proud to have traveled to Vancouver with his team to participate in the National Little League Championship in 1967. Terry graduated from MHHS in 1974 and married his high school sweetheart, Susan, in October 1976. Terry and Susan were looking forward to celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in October with an eleven-day cruise exploring the Caribbean.

Terry worked for the City of Medicine Hat Electrical Department as Power Electrician from 1978 until 2005. He then jumped into a new opportunity and became the Assistant Business Manager with the IBEW 254 from 2005 until his retirement in January 2016.

Terry loved his family and friends deeply and looked forward to Sunday suppers where he would cook his favourite meals for his family and friends. He was extremely proud of his children, and was the best “Papa” to his grandkids. He truly loved having his grandchildren at their home for sleepovers, to watch a movie, or read stories to them. Terry and Susan were avid travelers, and loved their river boat cruises in Europe and their numerous Italy trips. Terry’s knowledge and love of 1960’s to 1990’s rock music was amazing. He would not only know all the songs on the albums, but the various artists who played on them. Music could always be heard in their home. Terry was a diehard Montreal Canadiens fan and had some incredible memorabilia of his favourite team. He loved baseball and went to many cactus league games down in Phoenix. He often said there was nothing better than an ice cold beer in one hand and a hotdog in the other, watching ball under the clear blue skies.

Terry loved to get together with friends and sit back and have a few ‘wobbly-pops’ around the fire pit, or sit around the kitchen table to the wee hours of the morning talking about life and the adventures they could do together. Terry had a huge heart and was truly a great friend to many people. He would give the shirt off his back if he knew you needed help.

A Celebration of Terry’s Life will be held at the GRANDSTAND BANQUET ROOM, Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede, 2055 – 21st Avenue SE, on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial gifts in Terry’s name may be made to the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation, Pediatric Unit, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Terry Schank. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM & RECEPTION CENTRE, “The Chapel in the Park”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone (403)528-2599

13 Condolences for “RONALD “TERRY” SCHANK”

  1. Kirk and Vicki Miller and Family says:

    Our hearts are broken. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time and in the time to follow. He was a wonderful and caring man and I will cherish my childhood memories of him always. Hugs to all of you!

  2. Marle Roberts says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this most difficult time. I was honored to have gotten to know Terry as a Labour Leader. His big heart for “All”will always be remembered. He may be gone but he will live on in the hearts of those he touched forever.

    Marle Roberts

  3. Gene Neufeld says:

    Susan, my most heart felt condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Penny Porcina(felesky) says:

    To the Family
    So saddened to hear the loss of your Dear Husband Father and Grandfather. May it help to know that others Care and Share Your Loss. You are in Our Thots and Prayers. Love Penny and Jalaine

  5. Dixie Kusler-Larocque says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family as you go through this most trying and difficult time.

  6. Lynn Hadwen says:

    I just learned of your loss Susan, I can’t express enough how my heart aches for you. I pray for your strength in the days ahead for you and your family.

  7. Melissa Leduc says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I didn’t know Terry well met him as he was a patient at 20/20 vision Care and helped him and Angie with there glasses. The thing we had in common was I knew his children Angie and Ron. I knew Ron and Andrea from when we worked in the mall. I got to know Angie through them. My heart goes out to you and your family. I’m truly sorry for for your loss. He was a pleasure to help when he visited 20/20.

  8. Randy and Carol Bray says:

    Dear Susan and Family,
    We are very saddened to read about Terry’s passing. We want you all to know we are thinking of you at this sad time. Hope all your wonderful memories, and your family will help carry you through this. Our words can do little to help but you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Randy and Carol Bray
    Cranbrook, B.C.

  9. Linda (Hansen) Beglaw says:

    Dear Susan and family,

    My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family at this difficult time. Terry was such a wonderful man, who I remembered as kind hearted and fun to be with. You will carry him close to your heart forever. If there is anything I can do for you Susan please let me know.

    Love Linda (Hansen) Beglaw

  10. Shirley Gardiner says:

    Susan I was saddened to learn of Terry’s passing. I will always have fond memories of Terry as he was part of the interview team when I was hired by the City. Terry was well respected by all those that had the pleasure of working with him. My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  11. Albert Hoffarth says:

    It saddens me to hear of the loss of Terry. As a labor representative Terry played the role of a professional with great patience. He was well respected by those who new him, and will be sadly missed. My condolences to the family.

  12. Garth Crawford says:

    Susan thoughts and prayers are with you- Terry was a good guy witn an amazing sense of humour. Great guy he will be missed

  13. ella kettles says:

    love and miss u papa

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