Harvey Papa Smurf Bohn  March 8 1949

Harvey Papa Smurf Bohn March 8 1949June 3 2024

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It is with a heavy heart that the family of Harvey Henry Bohn announces his sudden passing on June 3, 2024 in Calgary, Alberta surrounded by his family.
Born on March 8, 1949 in Southey, Saskatchewan to John and Charity Bohn, he grew up on the family farm with his siblings Audrey and Randy. As a child, the fondest memories were the freedom that open land gave him as well as the farming life. Though it involved regular chores and responsibilities through his childhood, it gave him the tools to grow into the adult he became, being able to work hard, and play harder.
In 1968, he met the love of his life, Juliette. It did not take them long to know they were each other’s life-long partner, marrying just a year later. The greatest birthday gift he could’ve received, as they tied the knot on March 8, 1969. He chose to move to the city of Regina, Saskatchewan to raise his family and explore new and many opportunities. He found work, alongside extracurricular like volleyball and curling in the big city, playing them throughout his twenties.
They welcomed their first daughter, Brandy, in 1969. Sadly, she passed away the same day, but he loved her with all his heart in their short time together. They spent the next three years focusing on each other before they had their second child, Jason, in 1972, and then their second daughter, Nadine in 1975. Harvey was ecstatic to be a father, doting on his kids as they grew up. In 1977, he and his wife made the decision to relocate to Calgary, Alberta, where they laid down their roots in the neighbourhood of Haysboro where they stayed until 2021. Nadine eventually moved out to grow her own family, but Jason stayed with Harvey and Julie, helping them throughout his life until he passed.
In 1993, Nadine welcomed her son, Kristopher, into the world, then her daughter Sheri in 1996; effectively giving Harvey the title “Grandpa”. They lit up his world. Sadly, Kristopher passed away in 1994, which broke his heart. Harvey embraced being a grandfather with both of them, and loved having a granddaughter to dote on. He was such a loving and caring grandfather, always there for Sheri when she needed him. He was always asking about her life, checking in on what she was up to, asking about her friends, and always had a listening ear to everything she had to say. They had a special bond that will be dearly missed by his granddaughter.
Throughout Harvey’s life, he found so many joys. He loved road trips, driving his family to Saskatchewan to the farm he grew up on, and out on camping trips. He was a YBC coach and was in a bowling league for 3 decades. His loving and caring personality he had for the team he coached, the bowling league he was with, and his family and their friends, he was dubbed not just grandpa, but “Papa Smurf” to everyone who knew him.
He was incredibly sociable when at work and during his games, but like everyone, he did enjoy things with a little more solitude; especially at home. You often caught him playing solitaire on the computer, watching the curling game, or rooting for his Calgary Flames (Or yelling at them like he thought they could hear him through the TV depending on how they were playing that day).
In 2021, Julie and Harvey decided to move to Strathmore, where he spent his 70’s with his wife and father-in-law. He found his new favourite past time, mowing the lawn on the ride-on mower. It reconnected him to his life as a farmer all those years ago.
Harvey is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Juliette Bohn (nee. Williams); daughter Nadine (Neil) Smith; Granddaughter Sheri Harris; step-grandson Aiden Smith; siblings Audrey Dove and Randy Bohn; niece Laurie Dove; and many cousins.
He is predeceased by his parents John (d.2002) and Charity Bohn (d. 2010); children Brandy (d. 1969) and Jason (d. 2020); grandson Kristopher (d. 1994); and brother-in-law Lorne Dove (d. 2023).
Harvey was a kind and gentle soul to everyone he met, and made a lasting impression on everyone he touched. He was loved and cherished by many, and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.
Per the families wishes there will be a private Celebration of Harvey’s life at a later date.
In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to AARCS (Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Foundation) in Harvey’s name.
Broken Chain
“We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you
The day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you,
You are always by our side.
Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again.”
~ Ron Tranmer
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