Gordon Halls

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With deep sense of sorrow and loss, our family announces the passing of Gordon Halls on December 28, 2018 at the age of 85 years.

He is remembered with love by his wife of 62 years, Lois; his sons Steven (Jenny), Jay (Janet), Glen; his grandchildren Andrew, Deanna, Thomas, Michael, Cleo, Adrian and Ted; his sister Janice Crawley and his nephew Devin Crawley.

He was predeceased by his daughter-in-law Trish.

A Memorial Service for Gordon will be held on Thursday January 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm at McLaurin Memorial Baptist Church, 11107 51 Avenue, Edmonton with Pastor John Cline officiating.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in Gordon’s name to the charity of your choice.

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McLaurin Memorial Baptist Church - Edmonton

11107 51 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 0L5

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Darryl Youzefowich

It’s nice to see the warm comments about Gordon on this site. My primary encounter with the Halls family was with Glen and his musicianship. It’s nice to know Gordon had a part to play in his son’s success. We Youzefowichs lived near the Halls house for many years. There as always something going on, even though we kept our own space for most of those years. My mother Agnes and I, Darryl wish the Hall’s family our condolences on the passing of Gordon. Music was in our heart as well, I can see Gordon was a fan of music, with Lois being our best piano teacher in the neighbourhood. Best wishes to Lois, and to Glenn, and to Jay and Steven and all the rest of the family.

Gerry Mowatt & Gwen Germain

We were deeply saddened by the news of Gordon’s passing. Our prayers go out to Lois and their family. Gordon was a fine gentleman and a committed Christian. He will be greatly missed by his immediate family and his church family.
Please accept our deepest condolences.

Kurt Sawatzky

Upon my graduation from university, Gordon was my first Boss in 1967 working for the Planning Branch, Alberta Transportation. It was a good start for my engineering career- he was kind, generous, and patient as I worked for him on the Secondary Highway Report which Gordon Taylor subsequently decided not to provide to the legislature .Gordon was the go-to guy for obtaining projected traffic volumes for highway projects; he would take our his crystal ball (actually a well worn softball) and give us a traffic volume for us to use for our highway planning projects. Gordon would entertain us at coffee breaks about his methods to train his dogs. He also had a great interest in music.
Lois, please accept our sincere condolences at Gordon’s passing. Unfortunately we will be unable to attend the Memorial Service since we will be out of town.
Kurt And Frieda Sawatzky

Devin

Among his many extra-curricular talents — hunting, woodworking, golfing with originality and flair — my Uncle Gordon was also an innately skilled and sensitive musician. While not a professional, unlike his wife Lois and youngest son Glen, he had a keen ear and a remarkable ability to pick up an instrument never touched before and play a melody within minutes.
I suspect Gordon collected musical instruments the way he accumulated friends — easily, and with little heed to their appearance, but only if they showed the likelihood to be good companions, even if it might take some coaxing to get them to show their true potential. If I recall correctly the collection peaked at some point in the mid-1980s, where a basement full of an eclectic variety of brass, a violin, various recorders, bongos and other miscellany were joined by a serviceable pump organ, and on the main floor beside the grand piano, a very fine upright bass snapped up from a music store closeout sale.
Given pride of place in its stand beside the couch was Gordon’s mandolin — always available for a few minutes of gentle strumming throughout the day, and the chief instrument of his joy in both Picking and Grinning. My father, himself a fine swing clarinetist, and I, a socially awkward but well-meaning devotee of the trombone, were infrequent but always enthusiastic participants in jam sessions at the Halls household. Gordon’s musician friends — that rarified Picking and Grinning Society — offered a liberal policy on temporary membership and always joyful company.

MICHAEL BRADLEY

I met Gordon many years ago (1980) when I was a new employee in his Planning Section with the then Alberta Highways Department. Gordon was an integral part of a management team that consisted of members who possessed a strong combination of technical skills as well as management abilities.  Gordon excelled at both.  He also exercised uncanny abilities as a visionary in knowing and preserving the needs of the travelling public in Alberta. 

These skills were exercised both during work hours as well as after work when he was known to:
– Lead Friday night fishing trips to some of his favourite ‘spots’ within driving distance of Edmonton.
– Organize and participate in post work softball games for employees and spouses.
– He was always willing to share his thought and advise on a wide variety of subjects from how to finish your basement to what a good novel might be for you to read.

During such events he often took the opportunity to point out/discuss transportation subjects related to the activity (e.g. spacing of at grade points of access to the highway or the challenges of traffic signals at intersection adjacent to the softball field).

Some of his major transportation accomplishments included:
– Being one of the department leaders who coordinated work with all three levels of government in planning and implementing Alberta’s three digit highway system.
– Development of Alberta’s Hwy 16/Yellowhead highway to a multilane standard across the province – including acquiring some federal funding, an almost unheard of experience at the time.
– He worked tooth and nail to get the major urban municipality through which the highway runs to develop its portion of the project to the same standard – but they didn’t – leaving Albertans with the situation we have today.
– Being a strong supporter and proponent of the Calgary and Edmonton Ring Road projects.
– Ensuring his staff received field experience when tackling transportation issues.

Gordon left his indelible mark on Alberta’s transportation system for all of the province’s travelling public to benefit from.

Having worked under Gordon’s umbrella for several years, I can honestly remember wondering how Alberta Highways/Transportation could continue without his leadership.  It did, but not to the same level of technical and management integrity as it had when he was with the department.

Gordon was one of those people who when he spoke, he spoke from the heart with passion and integrity and the world had the opportunity to listen and become a better place.

He was and will continue to be greatly missed.

Michael Bradley
Sherwood Park, AB

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