may there be a road......

**Remembering.... and a message from Vel

Remembering....... with Lou Doiron

It is coming up to a month since we said goodbye to our friend John. Some days it feels like an eternity and on other days we still expect him to walk through the door for dinner. We in the the family have momentos to touch and photos to to pour over when we're feeling lost and I know many of you come back to this website one more time to view the pictures and to stay connected. 

We are going to take the rest of the year to gather our thoughts and work through our individual grief as we come to terms with life without John, in person, standing next to us or just a call away. In the New Year we will begin to work on the Endowment Fund activities.

I will keep this site up and running for some time to come and eventually move it to a place where we can share the development of the John Hasselfield Endowment Fund and its' related activities.

Please stay in touch with us - drop us a note from time to time  - we will look forward to communicating with you in 2009.

Finally we extend our sincere thank you and appreciation to all of you for your condolences, support, care, touch, tears, laughter and most of all, your love.

God Bless you all.

Lou Doiron


Dear family and friends


John came into my life when we were assistant principals with the Calgary Board of Education in the late 70’s, then as principals in adjoining schools on two occasions.  Here I was continuously bombarded with his competitive spirit and is mischievous antics between the Lions and the Cougars, and then the Hawks and the Grizzlies.


The happiest day of my life was the day we exchanged our vows on the dock of our Shuswap paradise.  The years flew by as John surrounded us with his wonderful family, close friends, special neighbours, and numerous students and athletes who had created special bonds and really connected with him over the years.  John was continuously seizing every opportunity to bring us together with these individuals at sporting events, boat, quad & horseback rides, concerts, mystery trips, happy hours and activities around the ranch and lake. It is somewhat embarrassing to say that most of our closest friends were at one time his grade seven students. 


John’s love for life and the people close to him grew to include the outdoors. On our retirement our move to the country provided him with the opportunity to search out the wild animals in our midst and to lavish attention on the horses, goat, cats, and our dog Less.  John and Less spent endless hours roaming our 80 acres, cutting down the dead fall, riding in the truck and antagonizing the horses.


John was the love of my life.  He let me know every day that he loved me and loved the life that we shared.  Words cannot express the void his passing has left in my heart, but I do know that his spirit will always be alive in the special people he touched and in the places that were special to us.


Thank you for your kind words of condolence, for sharing memories and for being here today to celebrate how truly special he was.


Please join us in a toast to celebrate John’s wonderful life.


Vel Hasselfield