It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Tony Biegel at the Fairview Long term Care Facility on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021. Tony was in his 82nd year.
Loving father of Doug (Sharon) Biegel, Jeff (Sue) Biegel and Brent (Wendy) Biegel.
He was the proud grandfather of Brian-Lee, Daniel, Matthew, Paul, Trenton, Jordan, Bryanne and Brendan and proud great grand-pa to Destynee, Joey, and Jackson.
Tony was one of 13 children born in Bluesky, AB. He is pre-deceased by his son, Doug Biegel and grandson, Brian-Lee Biegel, by his parents, August and Martha, his brothers, Bernard, Martin, and Albert and by his sisters Helen, Matilda, Margaret, and Eleanor.
He is Fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, extended family, and many good friends and past co-workers.
Tony began a long career in the Oil and gas field starting as an operator at the Gold Creek Gas Plant for Atlantic Richfield. Throughout his career he operated for several oil and gas companies in Grande Prairie, Ft. St. John, and Fairview. His last operating job was with Bonavista in Fairview. He thoroughly enjoyed operating and had many a story about his work and the amazing people he worked with.
Tony and wife Adrienne moved the family from Grande Prairie to Bluesky in 1978 to start farming. He farmed with his brother, Eddie Biegel in both grain and cattle and enjoyed many years working with Eddie and Barbara. Tony sold the farm in 1997 and he moved onto new opportunities including working with his son, Brent, on two business ventures which included a mixed farming operation in Brownvale, AB as well as building and helping manage the Fairview RV Park. He loved working with Brent and Wendy in these businesses and had a renewed and eager energy. He especially enjoyed meeting all the new and returning people who would stay at the RV Park. He could be found many evenings talking to the campers around their campfires exchanging stories and talking history.
In the earlier years, Tony enjoyed playing the guitar, singing with his brothers and sisters, and enjoying a good laugh. Later he was part of a Band named the Bent Willow in Grande Prairie. He still carried a business card for the band in his wallet when he passed away.
Tony could sing many an old country song. He enjoyed watching many Oilers hockey games, fishing at the lake, and camping at Shaw’s Point Resort. He spoke often of his fishing trips to the Ocean with Brent, Doug and George and Ken McKenzie. His grandchildren have fond memories of his favorite “fish” that hung on his wall and sang one of his favorite songs: “don’t worry, be happy”. They also remember the bison hide rug (from one of the Bison grown at the Brownvale farm) that he was so proud to display in his home.
Tony always had a story to tell and anyone who met him will remember his quick wit, infectious laughter, his pocket full of candies or juicy fruit gum and beef jerky in his pocket or sitting on the dash of his truck.
Tony was a kind, gentle and loving man who has left a permanent legacy etched on our hearts and will be forever missed.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Fairview Long term Care Facility for their great care and are sincerely grateful to the wonderful staff who comforted and cared for Tony in his last days.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate Tony’s life at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Fairview, Wednesday August 11, 2021 at 11:00 am. Interment at the Friedenstal Cemetery. With a luncheon to follow.
If friends so desire donations may be made to the Fairview Palliative Care society P.O. Box 552. Fairview, Alberta. T0H 1L0 or to Fairview Long Term Extended Care Bag 2201 10628 110 St., Fairview, AB, T0H 1L0 as expressions of sympathy.
“Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure”.
Care entrusted to Peace Valley Funeral Home Fairview
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