Hockley Family History - In Loving Memory of Garfield Hockley
Hockley Family History Site
In Loving Memory of
Garfield Jackson Hockley
1924 - 2005


The beginning .   .   .   .   .
Garfield with his mother, Ann (Reynolds) Hockley


The family . . . . .


   Jack, Garfield, Ann, Madeleine Hockley


The horses .  .  .  .


Jack Hockley


Garfield Hockley


The girl . . .


Ella Gates and Garfield Hockley


The wedding .  .  .  .


Garfield and Ella (Gates) Hockley     Murray and Madeleine (Hockley) Innocent


Our farewell .  .  .  .  .
The Stettler Independent Newspaper
Stettler, Alberta, Canada
Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Garfield Jackson Hockley
October 15, 1924 – August 13, 2005

Garfield Jackson Hockley a well known resident of Big Valley, Alberta passed away in the Stettler Health Care Centre on the morning of Saturday, August 13, 2005 at the age of 80 years. Garfield was born October 15, 1924 in Big Valley, son of Jack and Enig Hockley. On April 5, 1945 he was united in marriage to Ella May Gates daughter of Tim and Clara Gates. The Hockley family arrived in west Big Valley district in the summer of 1903 with the Powne family from Antelope, Oregon. The family homesteaded six miles west of Big Valley. Jack Hockley purchased the Powne farm in 1948. Garfield was the third generation to farm and ranch on the original homesteads. Garfield farmed and ranched in the Big Valley area with his dad until 1967. Garfield and Ella purchased the farm from his parents after their retirement to Stettler. They sold the farm in 1993 to the Skocdopole family and continued to live on the farm, Garfield assisting Wayne with odd chores and Ella loving the company of Wayne’s wife Holly and their two little girls. In 1998, Garfield and Ella left the farm and moved into their new home in the Village of Big Valley. They both treasured the companionship of Kelly Armstrong and his wife Robin, and little girl Jessie. Garfield occupied part of his time helping Kelly with his livestock, woodworking projects in the shop, evening card games with friends and coffee with the guys at the Pizza Pantry. Garfield will be remembered for his love of the farm, his sense of humour and community involvement. He was an active member of the community, helping neighbours whenever needed; and volunteering at the Big Valley Agriplex for Oil Kings hockey games. Predeceased by his mother in 1979 and father in 1986. Garfield leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife, Ella of Big Valley; his sister, Madeleine Innocent, of Stettler, AB; his sister-in-law, Min Kobberstad of Red Deer, AB; his brother-in law, George Gates of Stettler; his niece, Sharon (Jerry) Cronk of Stettler; his niece, Elaine (Doug) Scheerschmidt of Stettler; his niece, Linda (Brian) Baltimore of Sherwood Park, AB; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of wonderful friends. Funeral service was held from the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Rev. Jessica Motherwell officiating. The eulogy was given by Don Saar with soloist Shirley McKay singing “The Place Where I Worship” accompanied by organist Doug McKay who also played for the congregational hymn “Beyond the Sunset.” The recessional was “Happy Trails.” The honorary pallbearers were “All Garfield’s family and friends” with the active bearers being Russell McCrindle, Dale Skocdopole, Tim Burnstad, Bryce Burnstad, Brad Brenchley, and Wayne Brenchley. Interment followed at the Lake View Cemetery, Stettler. Following the service family and friends gathered at the Big Valley Hall for a time of sharing and fellowship with refreshments being prepared by Bill Smillie at Bill’s Catering. Memorial donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S., the Stollery Children’s Hospital or a charity of the donor’s choice, c/o Stettler Funeral Home. Stettler Funeral Home Ltd. entrusted with the care and arrangements. 742-3422.


As we travel down the road of life we meet many people along the way, each person influencing our life one way or another. Garfield touched each of us in a different way; it might have been his sense of humour; or a practical joke; or his love for children and family; or his love and knowledge of animals; or maybe it was his generosity; or perhaps his sincere and gentle spirit. We will carry each memory close, and think of him often. We all know one thing for certain, we are all better people for knowing him. Garfield will be sadly missed.   

Photographic Tribute to Garfield Hockley by Darlene Heal