July 15, 1931 – February 3, 2021
at the age of 89 years
We regret to announce the passing of Anthony “Tony” Joseph John Hache on February 3rd, 2021. Tony peacefully relinquished his long-successful quest for eternal life at the age of 89, following several years of health challenges that verified his immense will for life, and his love for God. His final days were spent with loved ones at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, in Salmon Arm, B.C.
Tony was born in Tracadie, New Brunswick on July 15, 1931, to Marcel & Francoise Hachey. He was the eldest of 6 children.
Tony is predeceased by his mother and father, his sister Leona (Cullum) and brother Larry (Hachey). He is survived by a loving family who cared for him in his later years; his wife Isabel (Morton) Hache, daughter Toni (Scott) Campbell, grandson Robson, granddaughter Sydney. Tony is also survived and missed by his brother Ivan (Betty) Hachey, sisters Viola Hache, Geraldine Chassion, eight children Annette (Wayne) Johnston, Thomas (Linda) Hachey, Richard (Patty) Hachey, Larry (Sharron) Hachey, Tony (Kathy) Hachey, Keith Hachey, Noreen (Larry) Robichaud, Wendy (Noel) Duffley, as well numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Tony and his wife Isabel moved west to Calgary in 1980, where he worked for the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede for nearly three decades. He worked for the Calgary Flames as their Zamboni Driver for many years and was renowned for his skill and expertise in ice maintenance; culminating in job offers from across the NHL, and the Flames 1989 Stanley Cup victory. Tony was reunited with the Stanley Cup in 2020, at an event where he was ushered to be the first with a photo. If you ever happen to meet someone who worked in the NHL in the ’80’s, ask them about the quality of Calgary’s ice – as everlasting praise of Tony’s craftsmanship is a portion of his legacy.
He loved camping, fishing, playing sports, and officiating hockey. Tony never lost his boyish wonder and always enjoyed RC boats and trucks, as well as anything that gave him the chance to prove his worth in competition. He was known for his quick wit, charm, and willingness to show you how to do things “properly”. His love and knowledge of the Toronto Blue Jays was unmatched, making us all question his true loyalty to hockey. Tony was most comfortable surrounded by his family, packed with a good meal, a game to watch; and his lap-companion Lexi.
We would like to thank the Staff at Mount Ida Mews in Salmon Arm (Chinook) for the care provided to Tony over the last two years. We also wish to thank the doctors and nurses at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital (Level 2) for their compassion while keeping Tony comfortable during his final days.
There will be no service at this time.