Harry Hudyma passed away in Kamloops, British Columbia, on October 28, 2017, at the age of 83. Harry was born in Gronlid, Saskatchewan in August 1934. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Anna Hudyma, of Gronlid, Saskatchewan; his brother, Mike of Nipawin, Saskatchewan; his brother, Peter, of Oliver, British Columbia; and his brother, William, of Toronto, Ontario.
Harry leaves behind Nell; his wife, partner, friend, constant supporter, and golfing buddy; three sons: Bernard, Martin and James; and grandchildren, Benjamin, Timothy, and Abigail.
Harry attended local schools in the Gronlid area, and graduated from the Melfort Composite Collegiate Institute. In 1955-56, he attended the Saskatchewan Teachers College in Saskatoon. This was the start of a teaching career that was to last thirty-eight years. Harry taught eight years in Saskatchewan: at Taras, Pathlow, Star City and Gronlid.
In 1959, Harry married Nellie Mariette Thiels of the Gronlid area. In 1964, Harry and his family moved to British Columbia. Harry taught at Lucerne Secondary School in New Denver for six years, and Fernie Secondary School for nine years. In 1980, Harry and his family moved to Kamloops, British Columbia. In Kamloops, Harry taught at Kamloops Senior Secondary School, Westsyde Secondary School, and at the School District Special Services Department for four years, as a Hospital and Homebound teacher. Harry retired from teaching in 1994.
Harry served tirelessly for professional and community organizations, including: the Slocan Teachers Association, Fernie Teachers Association, the East Kootenay Teachers Association, the Kamloops Teachers Association, the British Columbia Hospital-Homebound Teachers Association, the New Denver Kinsmen Club, and the Kinsmen Club of Fernie. After retirement, Harry and Nell did volunteer work during the summer months for British Columbia Parks, acting as Park Hosts at the Shuswap Lake Provincial Park and Manning Provincial Park for several years.
Sports had always been an important part of Harry’s life. In his youth, he was played competitive softball and baseball. Later in life his main sports were curling and golf. Harry also coached and helped coach sports teams in the Secondary Schools where he taught, and community sports teams where he and his family lived.
By request, there will be no funeral service. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kamloops Hospice Association.
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