Jack Heatherington

Jack Heatherington

Tuesday, September 22nd, 1942 - Sunday, October 6th, 2019
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Richard David “Jack” Heatherington passed away peacefully at Olds Hospital & Care Centre on October 6, 2019 at the age of 77 years. Jack was an avid sportsman and athlete. He loved to play and coach football, basketball, volleyball and hockey even though he would say that his skills in hockey were lacking. In his later years golf was his sport of choice and he was quite good. He never wanted to give up being active and he continued to play golf even after the amputation of his left leg. Jack promised himself to be the best parent possible and volunteered a lot of time to his children while in Ponoka pool sharks. Jack had work ethic that surpassed all expectations all his life. From his beginnings as a popcorn salesman at a theatre in his home town of Carrot River, Saskatchewan, he earned 1 penny for every 10 cent bag of popcorn sold. Jack also worked at Ponoka’s Centennial Centre, which was then called Ponoka Mental Hospital, where he met the love of his life, Marilyn who was an aspiring Registered Nurse. Later when his family was growing up in Ponoka, Jack opened “Jacks Furniture” on 50th street. This was a big accomplishment for him and it made his family very proud that he was a “big” business man in Ponoka. Before retiring due to his medical issues in 1993, he was the director of housekeeping and laundry service at Ponoka General Hospital where he would say his biggest challenge was trying to keep the peace among 34 female staff. Jack met some of his best friends while serving with the Kinsmen of Ponoka and in 1984 he was awarded Kinsman of the year. He served for 16 years with the Kinsmen and held many positions in the club Jack’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Acute Care at Olds Hospital for their hard work and dedication to caring for Jack in his last few weeks there. Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marilyn; daughter Karen (Kevin); son David (Lorraine) and grandchildren Chase and Ethan. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday October 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Olds United Church with Reverend Sarah Fanning officiating. Memorial tributes in Jack’s honor may be made to Olds Hospital & Care Centre or Kasota East Camp, Box 8951, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1S6.
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    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 2:00pm
    Olds United Church
    4810 50 St.
    OLDS, AB
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    Rev. Sarah Fanning


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Mel Brotzel

Posted at 02:55pm
My sincere condolences to the family and my apologies for not writing sooner. Jack (Jackie) and I were kids together in Carrot River at a time (early 50s) when kids could be kids. Playing in the lumber yard, down by the creek, making slingshots and other Dennis the Menace type of fun. He was a great childhood friend and I can only imagine a great father and husband.

Mel Brotzel

Terri Dick

Posted at 07:55pm
So sorry to hear about Jack, Marilynn. So many good memories with both of you at work and at play. Norma reminded me of the “Chariots of Fire” and the Jamaican Rum. Sending you and the kids lots of Love. Terri Dick

Eleanor Meronyk

Posted at 03:04pm
So sorry to hear of Jacks passing.
It was an honor to have known such a wonderful man. He was an inspiration to all those around him in having such an amazing lease on life. Living for the moment is what he did. Each and every one of us could have easily taken lessons from him.
May the fond memories you have of Jack bring you comfort at this difficult time.
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on your loss.
Joe Mielke and Eleanor Meronyk

Myrna smith

Posted at 02:12pm
Dear Marilyn and family,I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I can't count how many times our housekeeping department said... We wish we could have Jack here again. He was a great boss, friend and human being. My thoughts and prayers for you. Myrna White-Smith.

Karen Maplethorpe

Posted at 12:05pm
So sad to learn of Jack's passing. Hugs to Marilyn and family.Thinking of you.

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