It is with heavy hearts that the family of Hal Muck announce his passing at the age of 69, at Miramichi Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Hal was the beloved son of Arnold (Bunny) and Helena Muck, whom he was predeceased by. Hal leaves behind a treasured family: his loving wife of 44 years, Debbie (Aubie), who was his partner, main support, and best friend; his children, whom he adored and took great pride and joyin, Bonard (Tanya) of Toronto, and Erica (Jess) of Calgary; his beloved sister Nancy - with whom he shared a very special bond - and her husband, Wilfred, Hal’s brother-in-law, who was the brother Hal never had; his two grandsons, Aloyz and Yust Muck, who brought him so much happiness; and Brandie, Hal’s faithful canine companion.
Also mourning his passing is his loving mother-in-law, Lorraine Aubie of Miramichi; sisters-in-law: Linda Aubie, Donna Watling, Wanda Aubie, Dee Aubie, Lisa (David) Whyte; brothers-in-law: Phillip Aubie and Leonard (Ginnie) Aubie; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Hal was predeceased by his father-in-law, Rudolph Aubie, and brothers-in-law Larry Aubie and Greg Watling.
Hal valued relationships, community, and good times. Throughout his career as an educator for 35 years and principal of Blackville School for 27 years, he impacted countless students, several of whom continued to keep in touch with him through cards, emails, and visits. These continued connections were so special to Hal, because as the sign on Blackville School reads: “At Blackville School, you’re not one of a crowd, you’re one of a kind”, a motto originated by Hal. He also developed life-long bonds with many of his colleagues, some of whom are his closest friends. In addition to his educational career, Hal was dedicated to his local community. He served as Mayor of Blackville and sat on multiple committees and boards.
Quality time spent with friends and family was important to Hal, and he was always the life of the party. He could make the keys of a piano dance, and was happiest when loved ones gathered around to sing, dance, and laugh. Hal cherished annual canoe trips down the Miramichi river with close friends. He was an avid golfer, having achieved the ultimate hole in one. Hal was also known for his legendary prank phone calls, the memories of which continue to bring joy and laughter to many.
Hal had friends far and wide, and the unending support and tremendous love of each one cannot go unmentioned. The family would especially like to thank Bob and Bertha Bergin, Trudy Underhill, Barb Donovan, Michael Sproul, Billy Walls, Terry Underhill, and Eric and Iekje Hendriks for being there for Hal and Debbie, no matter what. Sincerest gratitude to Hal’s care team: Dr.’s Greg Thompson, Matt Rigby, Nina Zigante, James Michael, Gerard Losier, and the nursing staff of the Miramichi Hospital. A special thank you to the Extra Mural nurses who went above and beyond, all of whom Hal shared a unique bond.
In honour of Hal, his family invite all who knew and loved him to join them on Thursday, June 8th, at the Blackville United Church Hall, from 2:00 – 4:00pm, for a celebration of life. There will be the opportunity for anyone who would like to share special memories and stories of their time with Hal.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a scholarship fund in Hal’s name, to be presented annually at the Blackville School graduation, or a charity of one’s choice. In this way, Hal’s continued legacy of service and support to others will live on.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Northumberland Funeral Home & Crematorium, 102 Pleasant St, Miramichi, telephone (506) 622-7741. Where your loved one never leaves our care.