It is with great sadness that the family of Hank Riviere announces his passing on January 4th, 2022 at the age of 68 years old, after a long and difficult battle with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease.
Hank was born and raised in Blairmore, AB where he was always able to truly appreciate all that the Crowsnest Pass had to offer in the great outdoors. In the mid-70’s, Hank was lucky enough to meet the love of his life, Mary Lou, who had moved to the Crowsnest Pass from Ontario with her sister to be an RN. Together they raised three wonderful children, Jen, Nathan and Shannon, who have always been a great sense of pride for them both.
Hank had several jobs as a heavy equipment operator throughout the years and could run any type of machine you put him on. He enjoyed his work on the pipeline and some of his greatest friends came with the job. He also worked at the coal mines and for the Municipality of the Crowsnest Pass. These jobs and experiences made Hank not only a jack-of-all-trades, but they also kept him strong and physically fit.
Throughout his life, Hank liked to work hard but he always made time to have fun. In his early years, he liked to weight lift in his spare time and was instrumental in helping to start the first weight gym in Blairmore. Hank also enjoyed coaching t-ball and playing rec hockey. He loved the outdoors, especially on a warm day at the beach or on his back deck, and it wasn't uncommon to see him sunning himself on his property with his shirt off as he did odds jobs and puttered around. He also very much enjoyed the wildlife his property provided, especially the birds and deer. Hank maintained their property with a great sense of pride and the lawn was always meticulously cared for - the beautiful flower pots were Mary Lou's special touch. Hank and Mary Lou were a great team. Hank loved to go camping with his family every summer, especially to Mara Lake, where many of their favourite family memories were made - including an endless supply of Hank’s famous pancakes. He also had many laughs during their numerous camping trips at Rock Lake with their long-time friends.
Hank loved to listen to music and to travel, and everyone who knew him would tell you he had a wonderful sense of humour, many great one-liners and a mischievous smile. Hank’s grandchildren brought him immense joy, as he loved to play and tease them.
Left to lovingly remember him are his wife, Mary Lou and his children, Jen (Julian) Morgan, Nathan (Meghan) Riviere, and Shannon Burton. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Ashton, Brandon, Madison, Noah, Edison and Hudson; his mother Marian; his brother Robert; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephew; and so many great friends.
He was predeceased by his dad, Henri; brother, Gary; sister, Sandy; and granddaughter, Charlotte.
With respect for Hank’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation (PO Box 455, Blairmore T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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