Elmer passed away on February 21, 2021 in his 93rd year and was the youngest of 3. He was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan to Adolf and Anna Haack. Elmer grew up on the family farm and attended the University of Saskatchewan graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering in 1951. He was a member of the Professional Engineering Society of Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Alberta. Elmer began his career with the City of Moose Jaw; Assistant Superintendent of Public Works. While working for the City he met his lifelong partner, Loreen Reid. They were married in 1954. In 1957 his career took them to Oakville, Ontario. They raised their 2 children, Cindy and Daryl in Oakville. In 1973 his career moved the family to Edmonton where he worked on the original design for the Syncrude Canada oil sands plant. He was very active with the Kinsmen Club and the United Church. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Elmer and Loreen were married for over 66 years. They were a team enjoying bridge and dinner with many friends. Loreen encouraged his sense of adventure with many trips around the world. They were fortunate to escape the cold Edmonton winters for many years to Portugal and Florida. Elmer was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren – supporting them in their many endeavours. Elmer was thoughtful, calm, and had a quiet demeanour. His extensive knowledge was always there to help you out, be it fixing cars, plumbing, electrical, or home renovations.
Elmer was predeceased by his loving wife Loreen in December 2020. He is survived by his daughter Cindy (Brian); son Daryl; 5 grandchildren, Brett, Michael, Lindsay (Adam), Justin, Rob; great-grandson Henry; and numerous nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a charity of your choice in Elmer’s memory. The family would like to thank the staff of MacTaggart Retirement Residence for the compassionate care for both Elmer and Loreen over the past 10 months.
Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101