Keith HAND



Mar. 12, 1923 to Oct. 3, 2014

Keith passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home near Lacombe following a lengthy illness with cancer. He was 91. He was born in Red Deer and grew up in Burnaby and New Westminster. At 17, he helped his family move back to Alberta in 1940 riding with his brother and furniture in the back of a truck. He returned to Burnaby that same year to work on Vancouver Island and later in a machine shop for the war years. In 1948 he married Elizabeth (Beth) Damant of Lacombe and together bought his parents farm east of Lacombe. They farmed until retiring in 1989. He loved growing up in Burnaby but always said that Alberta was the best place to live. He enjoyed farming, going for country drives, travelling, reading, meeting new people and old friends, square dancing and woodworking but nothing made his day more than a visit from all his family. He is survived by his loving wife Beth (they celebrated their 66 anniversary on August 4); his 5 children Patricia (Dean) Eger, Robert (Donna) Hand, Leslie (Pat Carson) Hand, Wayne (Mary Lynn Nicodemus) Hand and Cathy (Gordon) Hopkins; 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 2 step grand and 3 step great grand children. He was predeceased by his parents LeRoy and Irene; brothers Howard and Melville, and sister Shirley (Davidson). He is also survived by brother Douglas (Trudy) Hand; in-laws Tom Damant, George (Carol) Damant, Bill (Lynn) Damant, Joyce (Martin) Peck, Bill Davidson and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to give special thanks to all the caring staff of the Lacombe Home Care who diligently provided support and personal care; Dr. Geoff Thomas of Red Deer and Dr. Dennis Ethier of Lacombe. Memorial services will be held at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel, 6120 Hwy 2A, Lacombe at 2:00 pm Saturday, October 18, 2014. Donations can be made to charity of your choice or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be made by visiting


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