Hugh William Greenwood was born March 16, 1939 on the family farm east of Lousana, Ab. and passed away April 16, 2019 in the Innisfail Health Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was the oldest son of Bill and Rhona Greenwood, brother to Gordon, Wally and Dale.
He married his wife, Marilyn, on Oct. 6, 1956.
Hugh started as a truck driver, driving truck at 17 for his dad. In 1969,
Hugh and Marilyn purchased two trucks and the Lousana Garage and went into business on their own.
J.O. Smith and Sons of Wimborne, Ab. gave Hugh his opportunity to haul purebred cattle all over North America.
It was during this time that Hugh’s great passion for driving all started.
Trucking was his career path until 1979 when Hugh decided to stay closer to home when he purchased the UFA bulk fuel station in Delburne, Ab.
Hugh and Marilyn served the farming community for 10 years.
In 1989, Hugh traded his work boots for dress shoes and a tie and entered his career as a Sunlife Insurance agent.
In early 2000, Hugh decided to retire and enjoy the simple things that he loved in life. In Hugh’s retirement, he enjoyed his years behind the wheel of the school bus and the silage truck during harvest season at Skocdopole Ranches.
Born into a chuckwagon and horse racing family, Hugh’s first passion was the chuckwagon life. Driving chuckwagons and outriding was in Hugh’s blood and something he loved.
So many memories were made and lifelong friendships began.
When Hugh was 40, he hung up his saddle and laced up his skates to coach hockey and enjoy the sports he loved.
Many years of senior men’s hockey with the Trochu Arena’s gave Hugh the skills he needed to mentor young athletes in the community.
He was Governor of the Central Alberta Hockey Association for years.
Umping ball was also a great service Hugh gave the community. Many years were spent behind the plate umping competitive ball.
Curling rinks all over Alberta Hugh would travel to. Many mixed drinks were had in the lounges above the ice over the years.
The hobby to top all others over the years was golf. Nothing made Hugh happier than hitting the course. Some of Hugh’s favourite places on earth were on the golf course.
Hugh’s happiest of days were days he spent with his family. Travelling miles to watch high school rodeos, ball tournaments and hockey games gave Hugh much pride and enjoyment.
Grandkids and great-grandkids were the light of Hugh’s life. Sitting around the fire, spending hours at the lake or Christmas dinners were where Hugh’s happiest moments were spent.
Hugh leaves to mourn his wife Marilyn, daughter Roberta Lang, son Bill (Jane) Greenwood, son Warren (Loretta) Greenwood and daughter Holly (Wayne) Skocdopole, grandkids Kyle (Shanon) Shingoose, Tyler (Lyndsay) Greenwood, Sean (Taylor Woodford) Greenwood, Paige Greenwood, Kelsie (Calvin Dicker) Greenwood, Jessica (Gerard) Michielson, Shaun Shepard, Cody Shepard, Brooke (Kelly Buhler) Skocdopole, Hope (Adam Ternes) Skocdopole, Luke Skocdopole, and Chase Skocdopole.
He also leaves to mourn his great-grandkids Rhett, Chloe, Carver and Kayne Shingoose, and brothers Wally Greenwood and Dale Greenwood.
Hugh is also survived by his sister-in-law Susan Greenwood and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Hugh’s life was held at the Lousana Community Hall on Wed. April 24, 2019 at 2 p.m.
If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made to the Trey Purdie Memorial Scholarship.