Did you hear the story about the farmer? If you didn’t, you could always rely on Carl to tell you a good story or a joke. He loved to share his sense of humour and expertise with those he knew. On November 2, 2021, Carl Christman of Spruce Grove passed away suddenly at the age of 82.
He will be fondly remembered by his wife Judy of 23 years; his children and step-children: Maureen (Scott) McMurtrie, Diane (Kevin) Hynes, Lori (Doug) Kerr, Shawn (Carrie) Christman, Tammy (Andy) Fergel and Rick (Tracy) Davis. Many memories can be shared with his 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren as well as numerous other family members and friends.
He was predeceased by his wife, Fran of 35 years; his parents, Chris and Nellie; his brothers, Richard and Herb; and granddaughter, Robyn.
Carl was born in August 1939 in Lisburn, Alberta where he was raised and lived most of his life. He had numerous occupations over the years of gravel truck hauling, municipal affairs, school bus driver, and an unauthorized Driving Instructor, but his love/hate relationship was always farming. He spent many a cold winter day (or night) feeding, calving and moving animals into garages, barns or yes, even the house, to keep them warm. Can’t forget to mention the late nights out on the tractor or combine during haying and harvest season or the many repairs that always needed to be done. Don’t forget the worry the farmer has over rain, hail, sleet or snow. Ah the farmer’s life, but he loved it.
Carl did a lot of travelling over the years and saw places many people never get to see in their life time; Hawaii, Australia, Panama, Mexico, Europe and Eastern Canada to name a few. It took a lot to convince him to retire but he finally sold the farm and retired to Spruce Grove. He then became a snow bird and bought a place in Yuma, Arizona where he spent every winter basking in the sun, wearing shorts, riding his bike, watching TV outside, and spending time at the markets
buying “stuff he didn’t need” as he always used to say. Plans were in place to go this year and he was eagerly looking forward to it. He enjoyed his summers in retirement developing his lake lot and then utilizing it bird watching and enjoying his fire pit. He was always working at something and later watching others so he could tell them what, where, when or how to do it right. A privilege denied to many. What we wouldn’t give to hear him tell us that again.
At Carl’s request there will not be a service. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.ca
Serenity Funeral Service Spruce Grove 780.962.2749