School 27
Official Obituary of

Terry John Hoganson

August 3, 1975 ~ February 15, 2024 (age 48) 48 Years Old

Terry Hoganson Obituary

Mr. Terry Hoganson of Lacombe, Alberta passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at the age of 48 years.

Terry Hoganson. What can I say? Firstly, I can’t believe you are gone. Terry left this world on February 15, 2024, surrounded by loved ones after suffering a stroke. You were an amazing husband, a loving father, a dedicated principal, and the best friend anyone could ask for.

Everywhere you went, you left your imprint on hearts and minds, and occasionally on your ego if he beat you in a game. You were fun, loyal, hardworking, and true. You lived your life for today because you knew that any day could be your last. You watched your mom work hard all her life and then be robbed of her “fun time” in retirement from cancer. You swore to do the things that made us happy now and not wait until tomorrow, so you traveled, you partied, you loved, you explored, and he was happy day to day.

Sadly, he leaves behind his wife (Janice), 2 daughters (Annika and Grace), sister (Marlee), and nephew (Tyler).

Terry was foremost a family-first type of guy. He could be gruff and tough sometimes, but he had the biggest heart. He was always thinking about Annika and Grace first. Their future was incredibly important to him, and he worked hard to make sure to give them every advantage that he could. He talked lots about the future and being so excited for their weddings and their children, especially when the girls talked about bringing them to the cabin. As a husband, I always felt loved. I have no doubt in my mind the depth of his love. It was love that was deep, true, and raw. You all saw what an incredible man he was, but he shared with me the most private and sacred parts of his soul. He has forever changed me, and I will always love him.

Terry was a brother, an annoying but loving brother to Marlee. Thank goodness for her, or he might never have been as successful as he is. She always had his back from the start until today, and he had hers no matter what...even when he was tormenting her. Uncle Terry loved Tyler like the son he didn’t have. He talked about how proud he was of Tyler in school, golfing, and hockey and wished that he could have gotten down to Calgary more often.

Terry was a dedicated educator who wanted every kid in his class and school to do better and be better. His passion for history made kids devour the topic. His feedback was genuine, so when it was positive, you knew he meant it. The comments, letters, and messages from his students are a testament to this. Terry taught at Rundle Academy, was assistant principal at Ecole Lacombe Junior High, and was currently the principal at Bluffton School. He is a visionary leader and transformed his school to a hub of literacy with a focus on students. When you walk through the doors of his school, the staff is a happy, tight team, and the students are thriving in a rich environment. He always gave excellent advice. The last advice to the Bluffton students, when they were headed out to ski the day before he went into the hospital, was, “Remember, don’t embarrass me, don’t embarrass the school, and most importantly, don’t embarrass yourself.”

Now, Terry’s friendships. Wow. He was a true people person. He loved to socialize, party, and laugh. He was a genuinely true friend who always had your back. It is reflected in the quality of people he hung out with. He had a way of connecting with the best and most authentic people everywhere he went. Being surrounded by such good people made him better too. From Whitehorse, to Tagish, to Calgary, to Red Deer, to Lacombe, to Bluffton and beyond, he found all the good ones. He loved playing, watching, and coaching basketball, golfing, hockey, and football; he loved hosting BBQs and parties at home and at the cabin; he loved playing cards and board games and sometimes even dancing-especially if it was to hair metal.

We will celebrate his life on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at Ecole Lacombe Junior High School (5830 50 St, Lacombe). It is a celebration of him, so in his honour, wear a hockey/ball jersey, an outlandish golf outfit, a crazy Christmas/Halloween suit, those cut-off tops and jorts & boots, a hair metal shirt, or wear just something fun or something that reminds you of Terry. Let’s make this gathering a party he would laugh at.

In lieu of flowers or trees, please consider donating to one of his legacy funds. One will be created to help the students at Bluffton School whom he dearly loved and cared for. Rundle College is also setting up something in his honour. Details to come later....

Lastly, PLEASE check your blood pressure regularly. You can do this for free at most pharmacies. Ultimately, it was undiagnosed high blood pressure that robbed us all of Terry. He had very few symptoms until it was too late. Do this for him, and do this for your families.

A video recording of the service will be made available on this website shortly following the conclusion of the service.

The family will be organizing a special fund in Terry's name and once available, will welcome memorial donations.








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Celebration of Life
February 24, 2024

1:00 PM
Ecole Lacombe Junior High School
5830 - 50 Street
Lacombe, AB T4L 1G5


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