Jack Hagemeister

HAGEMEISTER: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John William Hagemeister "Jack", age 88, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, surrounded by love, with his family by his side. Jack was born in October 16, 1929 and was raised on a farm near Preeceville, SK. After high school graduation, Jack went on to attend the University of Saskatchewan, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951, and Bachelor of Law degree in 1955. During his university years he earned a Commission in the Royal Canadian Navy, Active Reserve. On April 30, 1955, the day following his final Law school exam, Jack married Marian, his hometown, high school sweetheart and love of his life. They moved to Swift Current where Jack settled into his legal career and then spent many years practicing law and dedicating himself to his family and community. Jack had a deep sense of responsibility to his community and, perhaps as a result of his upbringing on a small Saskatchewan farm, he would never hesitate to help a neighbor. As a result of his desire to give back to his community, as well as his fondness for socializing with friends, Jack joined a number of service groups and clubs. He was a member of the Rotary Club, The Elk's Lodge, the Eagle's Lodge, the Curling Club, Golf Club, Chambers of Commerce, and until his passing, an active member of the Swift Current Shrine Club. He loved playing in the drum and bugle band with his friends in the Shrine. Jack did not shy away from taking on leadership roles. In addition to the positions he held in his many service groups, he was an alderman on Swift Current's city council, a director of the local branch of the Saskatchewan Motor Club, and secretary of the board of trustees for the First United Church. He was a past president of the Swift Current Bar Association, and served as a Law Society bencher from 1973 until 1979. Jack began his legal career in general practice from 1956 until 1975 at which time he took a position as Crown Prosecutor. He enjoyed his work and was proud of the role he played in the administration of justice for the Province of Saskatchewan. Through his work as a prosecutor, Jack travelled throughout the area he so loved. He attended to his duties in communities including Consul, Eston, Kerrobert, Kindersley, Maple Creek, and Unity. He was proud to have worked with the RCMP. Jack was committed to his profession and in 1979 he was appointed Queen's Counsel in recognition of his dedication and service. Jack was blessed with boundless energy and he had an enormous range of talents. He loved sports and was a natural talent in most of them. In his youth he was an accomplished baseball player, hockey player, and boxer. He was a competitive curler and played in countless bonspiels. If Jack played a game, he played it well. His natural athleticism, aided by a healthy dose of competitiveness, served Jack well as he would take top prize in so many of the recreational and family "tournaments" over the years whether it was horse shoes, badminton, ping pong or ladder golf. He decided to take up downhill skiing at the age of 50, taking great pleasure in spending the entire day on the slopes while most skiers half his age would call it a day after a few hours. He loved his hunting and fishing and there were not many things he enjoyed more than an outing with his sons, hunting pheasant or fishing for browns in his favorite creek. He also loved sailing and being near the water at their Crystal Lake and Pelletier cabins, where he and Marian generously hosted so many friends and family over the years. As a young father, Jack spent countless hours driving the family ski boat and teaching his four children and countless other kids how to waterski. As the kids aged, so did the boat, and it is hard to think of a day at the lake without having a vision of Jack, sweating at the stern of the boat as he applied his, (surprising thorough), mechanical know-how to get the boat running again while an audience of impatient grandchildren watched from the shore. Jack adored his grandchildren and made every effort to attend sporting events and special occasions in their lives. Jack was also a musical talent. He could cord a tune on the piano, play the Ukulele and lead us all in a great sing song; he loved to sing. Jack became an avid "walker". He would stop and talk with anyone he met along the way. He loved people and always gave them his opinion and the truth as he saw it. Jack was a knowledgeable man and loved to learn. He was a handyman, a sportsman, a musician, a gardener, and when he did something he insisted on doing it as well as he possibly could. He truly had a passion for so many things, but none more than for his family whom he loved unconditionally, and for whom he would do absolutely anything. Jack's last request was to donate his body to the U of S, Department of Medicine, for the purpose of scientific research. His final wish was fulfilled. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Marian; sons, Kirk (Michele) Hagemeister, Jason (Kelly) Hagemeister; daughters, Christi (Mark) Covell, Karen (David) Polley; grandchildren, Kristen (Gio) Desimio, Jordan Hagemeister (Krista Brown), Erin Hagemeister, Gina Polley (Joel Leathem), Jane Polley (Jacques de Jager), Joey Polley (Jena Freund), Jay Covell, Jack Jr. Hagemeister; great grandchild, Giuliano Jack Mateo Desimeo; sister-in-law Ann Hagemeister; and nephew and nieces. Jack is predeceased by his parents, Mary (Yakel) and John Hagemeister; brother, Jim Hagemeister; sisters, Dorothy Lindsay, Margaret Franklin and Glady Kimmel; brothers-in-law Sandy Lindsay and Les Franklin. Donations in Jack's memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children 1003 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, QC H4A 0A9. Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members in our book of condolences.

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