August 1934 – October 28, 2017
Harry Hudyma passed away in Kamloops, BC, on October 28, 2017, at the age of 83. Harry was born in Gronlid, Saskatchewan in August 1934.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Anna Hudyma, of Gronlid, Saskatchewan; his brother, Mike of Nipawin, Saskatchewan; his brother, Peter, of Oliver, BC; and his brother, William, of Toronto, Ontario.
Harry leaves behind Nell, his wife, partner, friend, constant supporter, and golfing buddy; three sons: Bernard, Martin and James; and grandchildren: Benjamin, Timothy, and Abigail.
Harry attended local schools in the Gronlid area and graduated from the Melfort Composite Collegiate Institute. In 1955-56, he attended the Saskatchewan Teachers College in Saskatoon. This was the start of a teaching career that was to last thirty-eight years. Harry taught eight years in Saskatchewan: at Taras, Pathlow, Star City, and Gronlid.
In 1959, Harry married Nellie Mariette Thiels of the Gronlid area. In 1964, Harry and his family moved to British Columbia. Harry taught at Lucerne Secondary School in New Denver, Fernie Secondary School, Kamloops Senior Secondary School, Westsyde Secondary School, and at the Kamloops School District Special Services Department as a Hospital-Homebound teacher. Harry retired from teaching in 1994.
Harry served tirelessly for professional and community organizations, including: the Slocan Teachers Association, Fernie Teachers Association, the East Kootenay Teachers Association, the Kamloops Teachers Association, the BC Hospital-Homebound Teachers Association, the New Denver Kinsmen Club, and the Kinsmen Club of Fernie.
After retirement, Harry and Nell did volunteer work during the summer months for BC Parks, acting as Park Hosts at Shuswap Lake and Manning Provincial Park for several years.
Sports had always been an important part of Harry’s life. In his youth, he played competitive softball and baseball. Later in life, his main sports were curling and golf. Harry also coached and helped coach sports teams in the secondary schools where he taught, and community sports teams where he and his family lived.
By request, there will be no funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kamloops Hospice Association. SFFP