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Obituary - Alfredo Aravena

Alfredo Aravena

1940 - 2021

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Aravena(2021)

Alfredo Humberto Aravena passed away at his home in Lethbridge on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at the age of 80 years. Alfredo will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 58 years, Blanca; daughters, Marcela (Brian Hennebury) and Claudia (Terry Murphy); grandchildren, Christina, Alex (Tia), Liam (Nya), Ernesto and Nicholas (Brittney) as well as his great-grandchildren, Oliver, Lorenzo and Bronston. He is also survived by his brother, Manuel (Juana); great-nephews, Chris and Maurico (Krista) and their family; son-in-law, Felix as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other family members in Chile. Alfredo was predeceased by his daughter, Pilar. Alfredo and his family were the first Chileans to arrive in Medicine Hat, after the fascist overthrow of their democratically elected government in 1973. He was an iconic member of the progressive community in Medicine Hat. Alfredo played in the Chilean folkloric group, Amancay, and served on the board of directors of the Unisphere Global Education Centre. He loved to tell stories about his homeland. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A private graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery.


  1. Carly Stewart:
    Feb 18, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Alfredo and I worked at the same time period at Haul-All Equipment in Lethbridge, plus we often met each other within the community at large. He always had a friendly face no matter where we met at work or in a store. I always looked forward to seeing him with his a happy disposition each time we met. My condolences to Blanca and his entire family.

  2. Colleen and Erin Bates:
    Feb 18, 2021 at 01:27 PM

    Alfredo was one of our favourite customers when Erin and I worked at Norbridge Village Market. He was always such and a kind and happy person, who deeply loved his family. The last I seen of Alfredo was at the Nordbridge Seniors. I am so glad I got to have chat with him there. RIP Alfredo and deepest sympathies to you and your family Bianca.

  3. Mary Thompson Boksteyn:
    Feb 18, 2021 at 02:55 PM

    My dear Blanca and family..... thinking of you all with a heavy heart. Memories of our struggle to communicate as neighbours those first weeks you all lived across the avenue. With a fond smile at our friendship as you struggle with the empty feeling of losing your dear Alfredo. HUGS!! Mary

  4. Brent Mead:
    Feb 18, 2021 at 03:06 PM

    My condolences to Blanca and the rest of the Aravana family, Alfredo was a great workmate and and even better friend.
    I will never forget the empanada's he and Blanca made, rest in piece my friend.
    until we meet again.

  5. Marilyn Heckbert:
    Feb 18, 2021 at 04:46 PM

    Aunty Marilyn and Uncle Leonard send our sincere condolences to you all. Such a loss is unmeasurable. May all your beautiful memories make the days ahead bearable. You are a close family and together you will support each other. Sending much love and many hugs your way.

  6. Myrna and Derrick Ironside:
    Feb 18, 2021 at 06:06 PM

    Dear Blanca and family, I was so saddened to read of Alfredo's passing. He was such a jolly, happy man and will be missed. I will imagine him in Heaven playing and singing with Luis and enjoying Pillar's art.

  7. Tony Aguirre:
    Feb 18, 2021 at 07:55 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you seniora Blanca and family. Alfredo was a caring and kind man. He will be deeply missed by everyone that new him; may his soul rest in peace.

  8. María Saavedra and Rick mueller:
    Feb 18, 2021 at 08:06 PM

    Condolences from Rick and I. “Tio” Alfredo will be dearly missed. He was a big influence in my life growing up in Canada as an immigrant from Chile. Loved hearing him play his music, his stories and the get together with our dad and family. Heaven is opening it’s door for another wonderful person. RIP. Will miss you.

  9. Tanya Matthews:
    Feb 18, 2021 at 08:45 PM

    Dear Maz,
    My condolences to you and your family. Blessings for the funeral mass 🙏
    Love Tanya and boys

  10. Veronica:
    Feb 19, 2021 at 01:18 AM

    Querido Tío,
    Cuando uno nace en el exilio, nace sin familiares, sin Tíos o tías, primos, abuelos, etcétera. Entre nuestra comunidad de chilenos logramos llenar ese hueco tan grande que teníamos en un país tan lejanos el nuestro.
    Nunca olvidare el sonido de la zampoña, el charango y las voces que me enseñaron lo que era la música folklórica Chilena.
    Ustedes y mis otros “tíos” que logre tener acá eran/son lo más cercano a familiares que pude tener y por eso estaré siempre agradecida.
    Vuela alto tío.

  11. Terry & Sandra Reamsbottom:
    Feb 19, 2021 at 06:40 PM

    Alfredo was a great and wonderful man and taught me how to be grateful to be living in Canada. He was a remarkable story teller that's for sure. I will never forget the time That he and Cecilia went to visit friends. Alf excused himself to use the bathroom. While in the bathroom he snooped through the drawers and found a mustache trimmer and decided to try it out. He ended up taking a little too much off and thought he may as well go all the way and shave the whole thing off. That was Alfredo....the jokster. He will be missed. Our thought go with the family as this is a tremendous loss.
    Terry & Sandra

  12. Carol and Garry Pickett:
    Feb 19, 2021 at 08:42 PM

    Dear Cecilia, Marcella, Claudia, grandchildren, significant others and all family relatives,
    ALFREDO WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A RAY OF SUNSHINE ! HE ALWAYS MADE US SMILE. His gentle friendly nature and hard work ethic and love of family are special memories to cherish. He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren and they are so lucky to have shared and learnt to carry on his love of Chile and Canada. REST in peace ALFREDO.

  13. Juan Osorio:
    Feb 20, 2021 at 05:11 PM

    Mis mas sentidos pesames a toda la familia Aravena. Mi familia y ustedes fueron muy buenos amigos en aquellos tiempos que llegamos por estas tierras. Recuerdo a Don Alfredo como un gran ejemplo hacia nosotros como juventud que fuimos. Su pasion por la musica folklorica nos dio un gran impulso por aprender y apreciar esas bellisimas melodias de nuestro gran continente Americano. Que descanse en paz. Mucha serenidad para todas y todos. Un Fraterno y Caluroso saludo desde Quebec Canada. Juan Osorio. (Hijo de Jorge Osorio y Maria Angelica de Osorio Avaria).

  14. Viviana Gatica:
    Feb 20, 2021 at 06:26 PM

    Familia Aravena: Esta pérdida nos deja con un vacío enorme y mucha tristeza. El tío, con su amor por la música y sus historias. nos enseñó a mantener nuestro Chile presente acá en el exilio. Su sonrisa, espíritu y amor por Chile vivirán por siempre en nuestros corazones. Descansa tío y nosotros nos encargaremos de seguir con tu legado. 💔

  15. Nikki Robak:
    Feb 21, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Aravena through his wonderful daughter Marcela. I was also lucky enough to show up on a day he was making empanadas, the best I've ever tasted! Mr. Aravena was a larger than life figure and a wonderful man, im thankful for the memories.

  16. Barry Coghlin:
    Feb 22, 2021 at 03:41 PM

    Dear Cecilia and Family,

    Very sorry to hear of Alfredo's passing. He was a good friend and usually had lively stories to tell. Always cheerful and upbeat. Alf will be sorely missed.

    Barry, Lorraine, Alyssa & Laura

  17. Gail Krysak:
    Feb 23, 2021 at 05:35 PM

    Dear Blanca and family, my deepest sympathy on the passing of Alfredo. I looked forward to our visits when you would come for lunch at Nord-Bridge Senior Centre. He will be deeply missed.
    Gail Krysak, cashier at Nord-Bridge Senior Centre

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