Jeff Welling, beloved husband of Snookie Welling, of Medicine Hat passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the age of 76 years after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Jeff also leaves to cherish his memory his children, Joelle (Dean) and Stephanie (Gerald); grandchildren, Jessica, Jonathan and Wesley; siblings, Len (Carol), Yvonne, and Steve (Annabel); nieces and nephews, Leslie, Denise, Gary, Randy, Sandy, Sean and Jennifer; and a large circle of extended family and friends. Jeff was predeceased by his parents, Les and Hilda; his father-in-law, Joe Boschee; his mother-in-law, Miriam Boschee; a sister, Sandy; a nephew, Murray; and a sister-in-law, Sharon. Born in Medicine Hat on November 16, 1941, Jeff graduated from Medicine Hat High School and went on to complete both a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Jeff and Snookie started dating in Grade 10 and were inseparable partners in life from that point on. They were married in December 1962, and although he worked for Canadian General Electric in Peterborough, ON. for a time, Medicine Hat was always home. With his Masters degree in hand, Jeff began his teaching career at the Medicine Hat College in 1969, teaching math, physics and first year engineering. Over the next ten years at MHC he got involved in administration as Chairman of the Division of Science, Phys. Ed and Nursing, Acting V.P. Academic for one year, and then Director of Trades Training and Program Development. In 1979, Jeff and Snookie purchased a retail fur store and Jeff began a new career as a furrier. He became a bit of a craftsman making fur coats from mostly beaver and coyote skins that farmers, ranchers and trappers had harvested. He always said that designing and building bridges, motors and generators wasn’t very different from making fur coats! In 1997 Jeff returned to full-time teaching at the college in their new CADD-Technical Illustration program. He retired from the college in 2007. Jeff always believed that you got back what you put into life and this was demonstrated through his involvement in many community organizations and boards, including the local branch of APEGGA, Kinsmen Club (executive positions at both local and national levels), University of Lethbridge Senate, Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce (President 1985), Medicine Hat Economic Development Advisory Committee, SAIT Board of Governors (1981-1987) and Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede (1982-2017). He was particularly proud of his involvement with the Medicine Hat Community Foundation and was actively involved with the downtown development and business association, even, from time to time, running the projector at the Monarch Theatre without incident! When the occasion presented itself and he could commit the time, involvement in theatrical and musical productions was a particular enjoyment, as was his two terms on the board of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. He loved his church not only for the beauty of the building, but also for the wonderful community that it provided. The thing that really inspired Jeff, though, was his family. Snookie was the love of his life and he was immensely proud of his children, Joelle and Stephanie, who he thought were the best professor and nurse in the world. Their most important accomplishments, though, were his grandchildren, Jessica, Jonathan and Wesley. Supportive of dance and music lessons, he was a cowboy at heart and hauling the horse to 4-H events with Stephanie was a real joy. The horse trailer was ugly and the bus even uglier, but it was “Jeff’s Jewel” and it always got them to where they needed to be! Jeff’s life will be celebrated at Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church, on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend David Pollard officiating. If friends desire, memorial donations in Jeff’s name may be made to directly to the Community Foundation of Medicine Hat & S.E. Alberta, #104, 430 - 6 Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, AB. T1A 2S8 or to the Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church Roof Fund, 476 - 4 Street S.E., Medicine Hat, AB. T1A 0K9.
Dear Snookie and family,
Please feel my arms around you during this difficult time. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
I am so sorry to hear about Jeff. He will be missed.
Snookie, Alvera and I were so sorry to hear about Jeff's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Snookie and Family,
Our deepest condolences. Jeff was a wonderful person and I enjoyed working with him with the CCDA and Monarch Theatre. I could always count on his support and he was always there to help with anything.
He will be missed. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
Mavis and Kevin
Snookie and family- so sorry for your loss. Jeff was good and kind man and he will be sorely missed. Love to you in this time of sorrow--
Snookie and family Our deepest condolences. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers
Dear Snookie, my thoughts, prayers and love are with you at this difficult time. I am, and will be forever grateful for the loving generous way you and Jeff welcomed me with open arms when I joined Fifth Avenue Memorial in 2009. "The tide recedes and leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.....The sun goes down yet gentle warmth still lingers on the land....The music stops but still echoes in the sweet refrain...For every joy that passes something beautiful remains".
We are heartbroken for you and your family Snookie. Be comforted to know you had an extraordinary life together. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.
Sincerely Dave and carol fischer. Kelowna bc
Dear Snookie, Joelle, Stephanie and families. We are so sorry for your loss of a wonderful husband, father and Grandpa. We have known you as long as we have known each other and know what a wonderful man Jeff was. Our thoughts and love are with you all.
Our sympathy’s to you Snookie @ your family. A great guy & he will be dearly missed. Julie @ Murray Rogers
Our hearts are heavy with the news of Jeff's passing. He truly was a great "guy". Our thoughts and prayers are with you Snookie, Joelle, and Stephanie and your families. God Bless You All!
Dear Snooki, Joelle Stephanie and family. I am so sorry for your loss and although words aren’t enough to soften the sadness and hurt sometimes, knowing that we are thinking and praying for you we hope helps
Wayne and Jackie
Snookie,Joelle,Stephani and families. My sincere condolences go out to you all. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
To ALL the Welling Family and my dear friend Snookie
Life can take one on a journey with unknown surprises yet to lose a loved one is hard and unbearable. Our lucky stars allowed time and built memories with this loved one. How lucky to have shared time and had such a privilege knowing Jeff through Snookie as they were so connected . Unique couple .
Do hold on to those memories close . There will be times that thoughts will bring us present with Jeff either to laugh or cry . How good it will feel never losing tract of those we love. My memories shared will be stored , as both Snookie & Jeff were part of my life. . Was so good recently getting to chat with you both.
"Resting in Peace Jeff " God has been kind.
Everlasting Friendship: sending HUGS Love Dennis & Donna ( Ostrom ) Treiber
Kelowna , B. C.
Snooki & Family;
Our thoughts are with you at this sorrowful time.
Jeff’s accomplishments were many, but his legacy is the wonderful family he has left to lovingly remember him.
Bob& Gail Graham
Bob& Gail Graham
Snookie and family,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family on Jeff's passing. We know he will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
John & Carol.
To Snookie, Joelle and Stephanie and families,
We are so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. Many, many fond memories of the Welling family.
Dear Snookie, Joelle, Stephanie, Len, Yvonne, Steve and Families
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Jeff was a kind, wonderful man, his life was full of love, laughter and many accomplishments. All that had the pleasure of knowing Jeff were truly blessed. May your fond memories of him help you through this difficult time your lives.
Bonne' and Lyle Tuchscherer
Dear Snookie & Family,
Our sincere condolences to you, Joelle and Stephanie and their families on the passing of Jeff. He was a great person who did so much to help others; he will be missed by a lot of people. His memory will live on in the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Hugs to you!
Rod & Shirley
Snookie & family;
We are so very sorry to hear of the great loss of your beloved husband, Jeff. We are going to miss Jeff sitting in the front pew of the United Church. My mother had Alzheimer's but it was the pancreatic cancer that took her life.
Dear Snookie & family,
I was sorry to hear of Jeff's passing ....my sincere sympathy. Love & blessings to you as you celebrate Jeff's life on Friday. Elaine
Dear Snookie & Family,
Our sympathy to you all with the loss of your precious Jeff. We really enjoyed our acquaintance with him over the many years, always a wonderful person. He will be missed by many. Sorry we can’t join you on Friday but will be with you in spirit. Take care....Terry & Jacquie
Snookie and Family
It was disappointing to read that Jeff has passed away. Our thoughts
and prayers are with you all in the days and weeks ahead.
We always liked Jeff -- interesting man who liked working with people
and organizations. A gentleman and a scholar.
Valerie and Ken Sauer
Dear Snookie and Family:
We were so saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing. Please know we are sending warm and caring thoughts to you all during this difficult time. Even though we will be out of town on Friday you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Don and Rae
Jerry and I were so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing and would like to Express Sincere Sympathy to you (Snookie) and your Family.
Snookie and Family,
Jeff carried his heart in his smile and no matter where you ran into him; he would always offer a smile with a kind word. When we think of Jeff, we think of him putting others first and serving others was just his style. He will be missed, but not his way of helping people feel better about themselves. The legacy for us is not what he said, but what he did and that was lots. Prayers and blessings for you and all the family.
Dear Snookie and family, Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Our Most Sincere Condolences.
Dear Snookie & family, We are so sad to learn of Jeff’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve. God bless you.
Snookie and family,
Sincere condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Jeff was such a caring and giving gentleman that will be missed by many. The contributions Jeff and you have made to the community are to be admired. May you find peace in the wonderful memories you have and knowing so many share in your sorrow.
To the Families of Jeff Welling,
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We remember what a kind-hearted man he was, as the Carnelli family had the business next door.
Our Deepest Condolences,
Darren and Roxanne Carnelli
Dear Spookie and family, my heart it heavy to hear of Jeff's passing. He touched many hearts! Your whole family has been touching lives for decades. Beginning with his loving parents.
Jeff will be sadly missed by many. Know my heart is with all and I pray for your hearts to mend. With deepest Sympathy. May loving prayers blanket you all.
Dear Stephanie and Family:
Our thoughts and our prayers are with you and yours during this most difficult of times.
Snookie, I was saddened to hear of Jeff's passing. He was a great man and I'm glad I had the pleasure of knowing him.
Dear Snookie and family:
We were extremely sorry to learn about Jeff's passing. You definitely are in our thoughts and prayers. May your beautiful memories sustain you during this very difficult time.
Sincere sympathy and many blessing for courage during this difficult time, Snookie,
Pearl and Graham
Heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. My memory of Jeff is one of integrity and an ever-ready sincere smile. May his memory bring you solace and peace.
My thoughts are with you during this time. Jeff was a great guy and you will have many special memories of your years together. Yours was a special union and with that memory, no regrets.
Condolences to all on Mr. Wellings' passing.
Duncan, Maria, Callum and Mairi Laidlaw
Our hearts ache for you and your family at this time - Jeff was truly a man for all seasons and we appreciate all he did for so many- we've all lost a bit of ourselves and are so glad you have a great family around you.
I met and worked closely with Jeff during my time at the Community Foundation. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
My deepest sympathies,
Snookie and family; Steve, Annabelle and family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. You know that Jeff was beloved by his community. May that be some comfort to you now and in the time ahead.
We are so sad to hear of Jeff's passing. He was a wonderful and very talented man.
We send our sincere wishes and deepest sympathy to you and your families.
Snookie, Joelle, Steph and families;
We were so sad to hear about Jeff's passing, but rejoice in knowing that he's no longer in any pain and is now hanging out in heaven. We so wish we could have been with you today to celebrate the amazing man that Jeff was. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you as you work through the next days and months ahead. Try to cherish the fond memories you have and know that you've got lots of love and support surrounding you. Take care. We hope to see you soon. Laurel and Steve Van Dam
Jeff was one of my instructors at MHC - incredibly intelligent, inordinately humorous, and sometimes, amazingly frustrating, but always ready to share a joke, and listen to some boring hardship that you know he really didn't have time for. He will always have my respect, admiration, and ultimately, my grateful and heartfelt thanks for all he did for me. While I knew none of the family, save for a few stories he told me, please accept my sincerest condolences.
Cookie and family; our sincere condolences on your loss.
Dear Snookie ,
It was with deep deep sadness that I read of Jeff's passing. Sending my most sincere condolences and prayers to you and your family at this very sad and difficult time ...I hope that you are able to find comfort in the cloak of love and warmth by the expressed empathy surrounding you and your family.
Jeff's love and presence will remain forever -- may God's comforting love and your precious memories fill you daily with peace ,calm and gentle joys ...
Thinking of you my friend,