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Saturday March 27, 2021
1:00 PM
If family and friends wish to pay their respects, the urn will be present at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on March 26 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
In memory of
Harry Dirk
March 13, 1942 - March 14, 2021 - Age 79

1942 ~ Harry Dirk ~ 2021

Harry Joseph Dirk passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at the age of 79 years, beloved husband of Patricia Dirk of Cypress County. He also leaves to cherish his memory two children, Marty Dirk (special friend Nadine) and Corinna (Robert) Wirges; five grandchildren, Brennon (Cymara) and their son Jaxon; Brittany, Bailey, Gavin and Owen; three brothers, George (Thelma) Dirk, Don (Janis) Dirk and Larry (Alice) Dirk; one sister Bernice (Bruce) Creighton and one sister-in-law Julie Dirk as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Theresa and Michael Dirk; his daughter-in-law Kim Dirk and brothers Samuel, Andrew (Joan) Leonard. Cremation has taken place. Harry Joseph Dirk (Dad, The Old Man or Ole Man, Grandpa or Papa and Great Grandpa) was born March 13th ,1942 in Empress Alberta to Mike and Theresa Dirk. He was second oldest of 8 children that were raised on the family farm. Harry went to school in Empress and worked on the farm until meeting a nurse at the Empress Hospital. Harry and Pat were married in the fall of 1963 and their children, Marty and Corinna came along in the years to follow. Harry was extremely proud of both of his children and spoke of their accomplishments often. In the early years the Dirk boys played a lot of hockey and Harry continued to play into the late 1970’s. He was a Defenseman and let’s just say he was often the first one in the thick of things when the opposing team needed to be set straight. Farming and ranching was a huge part of their lives and raising Registered Quarter Horses for over 47 years. Harry was always so proud to see their horses perform in the rodeo arena, working a cow, spinning and sliding in a reining pattern, standing beautifully at halter or pulling a calf to the branding irons in the spring. In the 80’s he worked under a Saddle smith- built a team roping saddle and numerous pieces of tack. He thoroughly enjoyed working with leather. Although Harry never had any formal training as a Mechanic, the mechanical aspect of practically anything came very naturally to him. So when Marty started his business in Dunmore, Marty’s Engine and Compressor Services, Harry was on board to help and because of his knowledge and personal relations skills he soon became indispensable. He was Marty’s right hand for over 20 years. Ole Man was still working there up until about a year ago. At this time the Parkinson’s had made it impossible for Harry to drive. He still came in to The Shop for visits just to make sure things were going smooth. For many years Harry liked to don the blaze orange for November hunting season and loved to share his experiences, especially about the great non-typical buck he harvested. Papa and Gavin were just exchanging hunting stories on his last birthday. Fishing has always been a staple in our family. Where ever and whatever we were fishing for, Dad would always catch the first fish and somehow it would always be a Jack fish. So, it came to be that on any fishing expeditions he was known as Jack fish Harry. Harry professed to play the accordion and pulled it out at least once or twice a year to serenade us with “You are my Sunshine”. Oh how he loved to visit and was always able to strike up a conversation with anyone. He loved their Yorkies, loved going for coffee, playing cards, driving, travelling, loved a great home cooked meal but also loved eating out. Some of Papa’s favorite treats were Kentucky Fried Chicken, a bologna sandwich, wieners or tube steaks as he affectionately called them, chocolate bars and room temperature Coca Cola. Harry loved his family and will be sorely missed by all. If family and friends wish to pay their respects, the urn will be present at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on March 26 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited to remotely attend the funeral service by searching for the Pattison Funeral Home youtube page where the video will go live 10 minutes prior to service time. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Harry Dirk.

You may watch the funeral by following this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Atmcm9OPfZQ

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Message from Tracey & Jeff March 24, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Dirk family! It was our pleasure to have met and spent time with Harry.
Tracey & Jeff
Message from Ken and Denise Dorland and family March 24, 2021
We will remember Harry , hugs to Pat , Marty and Corinna and families.
Ken and Denise Dorland and family
Message from Suzanne and Robin Budzich March 24, 2021
Uncle Harry will be missed greatly. I have very fond memories or Uncle Harry from my childhood; meeting him and family in Wainright, with the rodeos and their cocker spaniels.
Suzanne and Robin Budzich
Message from Ted Sherring, Retired Account Manager for Acklands Grainger Inc. March 24, 2021
Dirk & Martys Engine & Compressor Family,
Sincere condolences and prayers to you all on the loss of “ Dirty Harry”.
I always enjoyed our coffees together and many conversations on anything and everything but most of all the prices were too high! Always enjoyed the banter and support over the 20 years I was fortunate enough to have Marty’s Engine & Compressor and Harry as my account . Go Rest High on that Mountain Harry , Your work on earth is done. You will be missed.
Ted Sherring, Retired Account Manager for Acklands Grainger Inc.
Message from Leah Turner March 24, 2021
So sorry Pat and family.
Leah Turner
Message from Fred and Sheila Calvert March 24, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to Pat and all the family. Rest in Peace, Harry.
Fred and Sheila Calvert
Message from Blair Reid March 24, 2021
Very sorry to hear the sad news. I always enjoyed sitting with him before the Tiger games and he would be picking my brain about the players and also conversations about his horses and the future of the Dunmore Equestrian Center. He was one very very strong pound for pound man even in his 70’s I witnessed him pickup a v8 engine block of a pellet on the floor and set it on the bench, I went running to help and he just smiled and said I’m good. RIP Harry my friend.
Blair Reid
Message from Robert & Jeanette Drake March 24, 2021
So sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. Fond memories are held by Robert & I and even our girls. Our Nevada trip was suppered, learned and saw so much in that holiday. Years later taking our girls to your farm in Glendon and in catching frogs in the creek, to attending Corinna’s wedding. All great memories. Thinking of you Pat , Corrina and Marty & families our prayers are with you.
Robert & Jeanette Drake
Message from George and Thelma Dirk March 25, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Pat,Marty,Corrina and families on the loss of such a hard working,great guy.He Will be sadly missed by all. Sincerely,George,Thelma,Bryce,Brianne and girls,Adrian,Meghan and family and Sean and Kaitlyn.
George and Thelma Dirk
Message from Stan Getz March 25, 2021
My deepest sympathy on Harry’s passing, it was a pleasure getting to talk to him at tiger hockey games. He was a very humble man and liked to talk about his working with Marty. He will be missed by many
Stan Getz
Message from Edwin and Darleen friesen March 25, 2021
From EDwin and Darleen Friesen
Sorry for your loss
Our prayers go out to pat and family
Edwin and Darleen friesen
Message from Archie & Pauline (Hauck) Stern March 26, 2021
Our Deepest Sympathy to the Dirk families Harry's Dad was my god father. My mom & Thersa were sisters. Sorry I never got to meet Harry .
We will live stream Harrys funeral. We live in Saskatoon.sask
Pauline (Hauck) & Archie Stern
Archie & Pauline (Hauck) Stern
Message from Wayne and Mary Abbott, Edgerton March 26, 2021
Sending our condolences to you Pat and your family! We know you have many memories to keep Harry close and every time you tell a story or have a gentle thought, he’ll be there.🌹
Wayne and Mary Abbott, Edgerton
Message from Darleneo Johnston March 26, 2021
Hi Pat. Condonlences to you and your family. Remember all the great memories that you both shared and that he is in a better place. Love you. Darlene Johnston
Darleneo Johnston
Message from Larry and Alice Dirk March 27, 2021
Dear Pat, Marty, Corinna and families,

We really appreciated the service for Harry on YouTube. It was beautifully done and the pictures, music and speaker were excellent.
Our deepest condolences to all of you in your time of sorrow.

With our love and prayers,

Larry and Alice
Larry and Alice Dirk