Aloysuis Huber was born in Grayson, Sask., April 30, 1935. He was the 2nd youngest of 13 children to Martin and Elizabeth Huber. He grew up in Grayson and went to school there. When Al was done school he started his work career with the CP Rail. His first stop was with the section crew in Hazel Cliffe, then eventually in Tantallon, where he met, the love of his life, Beatrice Howie. After a year long courtship they were married in St. Mary’s church in Regina on February 17th, 1955. Their married life started in Regina, where their 1st child Cecil was born.
Al worked with Soo Security Motorways for a couple of years before they moved to Vancouver where he worked for his older brother Martin’s construction company. Al then found permanent work as a letter carrier for Canada Post.
While living in Vancouver their 2nd son Paul was born. During the time he was a postman Al took a correspondence course in TV and Radio repair. From there they moved to Armstrong, BC where he started his own business, a TV and Radio repair shop.
In 1963 they moved back to Regina, Saskatchewan and soon after their only daughter Diane was born.
In 1965 they moved to Tantallon where he took employment at IMC for a year, but was laid off with injury. He opened a TV and Radio shop in Rocanville, then moving on, worked for a short time away from home at a coal mine in Grand Cache, Alberta. He also managed a TV and Radio repair shop in Edmonton. In July 1970, Al took up employment at Sylvite Rocanville in the instrumentation department, was indentured as an apprentice and achieved his Journeyman Status. Al retired from PCS Rocanville in 1987.
Dad was always up to a challenge and always had a project on the go; remodelling our house, repairing many of our used vehicles, installing the tallest TV tower in Tantallon (with help from his brother in laws Terry and Allan), installing a few satellite dishes, and training his dogs for shows are a few that come to mind.
One of his biggest challenges and projects was tearing down Paynter’s General store. The lumber from the store went into building 3 garages and Dad’s wood working shop.
After his retiring from the mine Dad was able to spend his time honing his wood working and cabinet making skills. He became quite a wood smith making clocks, jewellery boxes, coffee & end tables, glider rockers, and kitchen cabinets which he was able to sell both locally and at a distance.
Dad’s greatest joy was following his grandchildren in their school sports, as well as ball and hockey.
Dad loved to take our family on trips out to the West Coast. Our most memorable trip as a family was a trip where we drove our first new car a ‘74 orange Toyota Corolla with all 5 of us in the vehicle. Black interior, no air conditioning (not even 2 windows open and 60 mph air conditioning, as Dad insisted we got better miles per gallon) non stop from Tantallon to Vancouver for 20 hours. One of the highlights of this vacation was going for supper at a authentic Ukrainian Restaurant and listening to Uncle Allan and Dad trading Ukrainian jokes with the owner of the Restaurant, “Hunky Bill”. We laughed so hard tears were rolling down our cheeks. We know that Dad had a little too much Vodka with his perogies because on the way back to Aunty and Uncles a stop was made at a convenience store and on the way out Dad lifted a potted flowering plant for Aunty Gaylene.
Dad you have left us physically but we will see you everyday in the things that you made for us with love, and the values you taught us.
Al was predeceased by his parent’s Martin & Elizabeth Huber, his brothers and sisters in laws: Adolph (Eda), Martin (Grace), Jack (Theresa), and sister in law Lillian Huber; his sisters and brother in laws: Agnes (Gabriel) Ballan, Eva (Carl) Tank, Angie (John) Stein, Maggie (Alfie) Rodenbush, and brother in law Casper Zerr. Dad was also predeceased by his mother & father in law, Cecil & Ellen Howie, brothers & sisters in laws; Keith (Francis) Howie, Murton (Jeanine) Howie, Marylin Howie, and Allan Christian.
Al is survived by his sister Marie (Harry) Andrusiak, sister Adelaide Zerr, and brother Danny; Joy (Wilfred) Sikora, Garnet Howie, Betty (Lionel) Harrison, Gaylene (Roy) Warner, Allan Howie & Karen Payant, and Terry (Donnette) Howie.
Al will always be in the hearts and minds of his family, loving wife of 64 years Beatrice, son Cecil (Holly), son Paul, daughter Diane (Alan) Lucas; grandchildren Tanner Huber, Joshua (Sandra) Huber, Garrett Huber, Cassandra Huber (Justin Zimmer), Chelsea (Ryan) Lamb, Dustin (Baljinder) Huber, Lindsay (David) Korolek, Victoria (David) Maga, Chandra (Kevin) Hamilton, Jon (Freedom) Lucas, 15 great grandchildren (soon to be 17) and numerous nieces & nephews.
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