Obituary for Gerald Haggett
Our Dad Gerald Haggett passed away peacefully and was Promoted to Glory very early on Monday October 5, with his grandson Doran by his side.
Dad was born and grew up in Newfoundland where he married our Mom Marjorie Jean Stacey. All of us were born there: Pamela, Allan, Jeffry, and Sheldon. Dad’s work had us moving around pretty often and it was an amazing upbringing.
In his middle age, while we were living in Calgary, Dad and Mom decided to become full-time Envoys for the Salvation Army. We all grew up in the Salvation Army and thanks to Dad’s parents, Poppy and Nanny Roberts. Dad’s move to become an Envoy, a commitment to serve and care for others was not much of a surprise to us. (smile)
Not long after going to work for the Salvation Army, while living in Vancouver, our Mom passed away. When Dad remarried we were happy to welcome Lt-Colonel Evelyn Hammond to our family.
In the late 1990s, they moved to Halifax. Already living there were two of us: Allan and Jeff. We spent every Sunday and Thursday together as a family sharing lunch or supper. Gerald and Evelyn were active in the Salvation Army and attended the Halifax Citadel Community Church.
Every year or two some of the family from Australia would visit Halifax, especially his daughter Pam and his son-in-law Terry. Dad and Evelyn also visited the family in Australia twice during their time in Halifax.
Dad spent his final weeks at the Camp Hill hospital. He was only very sick for only a short time and was never in any real discomfort. There are no words to convey our appreciation for the nurses and staff on 3-East. They got to know Dad and provided him with loving care around the clock. We would also like to thank the staff at Parkstone Enhanced Care and at Continuing Care Nova Scotia.
Dad’s grandchildren are Paul, married to Michelle, Brianne, married to Christopher, and Doran. Dad’s great-grandchildren are Layla, Sam, Rosie, and Ellie.
We hope to have a service on Saturday, October 24. We will send out more information when the details are finalized. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In memory of Dad, you are invited to donate to a cause that he and Evelyn supported every year: the work of Dr. Paul Thistle and his wife Pedrinah in Zimbabwe. http://www.thistlesinzimbabwe.org/Donate.html
Thank you to all the family and friends who have supported us these last few months. It has been such a blessing and it honours Dad so well.
“What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.”
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