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Obituary - Edward Fiala

Edward Fiala

1931 - 2018

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Fiala(2018)

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces that Edward Fiala passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018, at home in Medicine Hat at the age of 87 years. Ed leaves to cherish his memory his children, Cathi Fiala (Joe Henson), Timothy Fiala and Michael (Ju Dan) Fiala and grandson, Dante; his sister, Gayle Biehn (Terry Biehn) and niece, Jennifer Biehn. Ed was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Fiala; parents, Vira and Wendell Fiala. Ed’s life will be Celebrated at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901-13 Street SW, Medicine Hat on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at 1:00 pm with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ed’s name may be directed to the Salvation Army Church, 164 Stratton Way SE, Medicine Hat, AB. T1B 3R3.


  1. Bill & Zo Drummond:
    Jan 03, 2019 at 06:50 PM

    Our sincer condolences to Tim Cathi, Micheal and families on the passing of Ed. He was a wonderful man and will be missed

  2. Dwight and Heather Carpentier:
    Jan 03, 2019 at 07:20 PM

    It goes without saying that we will miss our good friend Ed....We know he is in a better place and joins his Ruth....but we will miss the fun visits the conversations and of course the golf....We were so happy that we got to know Cathi his daughter who came back home to look after her father....Our thoughts and prayers are with the family....Dwight and Heather

  3. Darryl & Jocelyn Hodel:
    Jan 03, 2019 at 07:47 PM

    So very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing Cathy! I enjoyed the many conversations I had with Ed and my wife spoke dearly of him after we bumped into you all at the airport.
    Our condolences and our prayers for your families strength during this time and the days to come, we send your way. Darryl (Jocelyn) Hodel

  4. Maureen Baier:
    Jan 03, 2019 at 08:33 PM

    We have such fond memories of Ed and our get togethers here in Florence,AZ. He was a special person. Our condolences to your family. Dave and Reenie Baier

  5. Vern Wilson:
    Jan 03, 2019 at 09:49 PM

    Condolences to all. Ed was old style dedicated worker and good person, met him in Indonesia and he was good to all. Trust he has forgiven us young upstarts (at the time), for our challanges. Good memories from there and in Canada, incl Medan Banff reunion, consulting work, and Arizona / Canada visits. Speedy Creek and all.

    Jan 04, 2019 at 02:32 PM

    Dear Cathi, Tim, Michael & Families:
    Ed and Ruth were long-time friends of ours when they lived at Lac Pelletier. Ed and I served with three other residents at the Lake and we were finally successful in getting an environmetally-safe sewage lagoon for Lake people. We spent a lot of time researching and trying to convince a stubborn RM Council of the merits and necessity of such a lagoon. Our committee found a location, persuaded the owner to sell that parcel of land, found a reputable and capable engineering firm and then got word that we were receiving Federal-Provincial-Municipal grant. When the big project was successfully completed, the RM Council invited the Public to the Grand Opening of THEIR project for Lac Pelletier residents. Ed, Glenn Bratvold, Tom Kehoe, Bobby Stringer, and I were very happy to see the end result whether or not the RM gave us any credit. Your Dad was a great neighbor and helped with any positive projects at the Lake. I visited Ed and Ruth a few times after they moved to Medicine Hat and had a good telephone visit with your Dad just a few months ago. Your parents both gave a lot for the benefit and well-being of others and I am sure that you are so proud of their contributions.
    With love,
    Joan Williamson

  7. Hyswick Family:
    Jan 05, 2019 at 03:08 PM

    We are sending you all our deepest condolences on Ed’s passing. Know you are in our heart and prayers

    Will, Ad, Cam & Jodie

  8. Adrienne Munro:
    Jan 05, 2019 at 04:43 PM

    To all Edward's family:

    I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. Edward is my Dad's cousin, and we have all really appreciated Edward's commitment to researching the Fiala family tree. In 2013, my Dad and older sister and I met up with Edward in Lethbridge and we all visited the old Fiala farmstead together. It was a great day and we had a lot of fun catching up. I have a few photos of Edward (both recent and older) that I'd like to share with you, so I will try sending those via the funeral home.

  9. Carol Matthews:
    Jan 06, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    I am sorry to hear of Ed's passing. My condolences to the families. He was working at Mobil Oil, Swift Current, (Maintenance) when I started with the company, many years ago.

  10. Brent Grant:
    Jan 06, 2019 at 01:40 PM

    I would like to send prayers and condolences to the family and friends. Cherish the best memories that you all had. Take care please.


  11. Ruth Walker:
    Jan 06, 2019 at 07:23 PM

    To all Ed's family, my thoughts are with you at this sad time. Ed was a hardworking, fun loving, 'salt of the earth' guy who was a wonderful friend and neighbour to us and so many others. Our son Douglas summed it up well saying: "He was a truly genuine man." Alan and I so admired how he loved and cared for Ruthie after her stroke. I will dearly miss our passionate discussions on so many topics, his sense of humour and his loving friendship. Rest in peace Edward.

    Jan 06, 2019 at 11:34 PM

    A friend from the past, I wish to offer my sincere condolences to you Kathy, on your father's passing.

  13. Vanden Elsen Family:
    Jan 07, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Our sincere condolences to the dad always spoke highly of Ed! I last saw him at Trail Campground for Hutch’s funeral...
    Kathy Vanden Elsen/Running

  14. Marvin & Sheran Munro:
    Jan 07, 2019 at 07:07 PM

    Heartfelt condolences to the Fiala family on our loss. Cousin Edward was always ready to talk about Fiala history. The Hyas reunion & visit to farm at Turin were highlights of our time with him.

  15. Don and Anne Stang:
    Jan 07, 2019 at 08:32 PM

    We extend our sincere sympathies to the Fiala family.
    Our years in Indonesia were made more memorable because of our relationship with your parents. We were young and naive and they became our overseas parents. They were so kind to us and we can only imagine the loss you are feeling at this time. Don spent his formative years as an Engineer working with Ed and looked to him as a mentor and someone he could always rely on for solid guidance and advice.

    Anne and Don Stang

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