Scobie, Hugh

Hugh Robert Scobie was born in Russell, MB on October 20, 1938, the youngest child of Robert and Mary (nee Fulton) Scobie. In 1942, when Hugh was 5, the Scobie family moved to Churchbridge for his dad to take a position as section foreman for CP Rail. At an early age, his mother passed away and he was raised by his dad and older siblings. Hugh's love of hockey started from a very early age; he had vivid memories of learning to skate on the outdoor rink. His childhood was the typical Canadian story of hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer. Hockey continued to be a significant part of Hugh's life and he began a career playing juvenile in Swift Current, where he lived with Lawrence and Beverly. He moved to the States to continue his professional hockey career, which had been a dream of his forever. Falling in love with his high school sweetheart brought him back to Churchbridge. Hugh and Sherry were married and moved to Yorkton, where he played hockey with the Yorkton Terriers and started his career as an electrician. The family moved back to Churchbridge after Hugh got a job with the mine. They built their family home in 1965, completed their family and continued to live there for 51 years. Their home affectionately became known as Hughie's corner.  Hugh coached many hockey teams over the years, not only for his kids, but he continued as a mentor and coach in the community for the next 50 years. He just wanted every player to be their absolute best, no matter what their potential. After coaching, Hugh scouted for the Western Hockey League with his lifelong friend Daryl Lubiniecki. There's not a rink in a Southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba that Hugh Scobie hasn't been in. Hockey, community and family was what Hugh loved. Along with many other community members, Hugh volunteered his time to help build the Centennial Arena. The arena was the heart of the community in the winter and that was where you would always find Hugh. Hugh was a very spiritual man and a faithful servant. Tuesdays and Sundays at Concordia Lutheran Church were a very important part of his life. No matter who it was or what they asked, Hugh was giving of his entire self. The door to the Scobie house was always open whether you had two legs or four. The coffee pot was always on and the ashtray was always full. Hugh was passionate, compassionate and giving. Hugh's greatest love was his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After he retired, Hugh could be found walking his dogs or at the golf course. At the end of his life, when he and Sherry were living at the Langenburg care home, they delighted in spending their evenings together, chatting with the other residents and entertaining the staff. Hugh took his love of family and made everyone a part of his own. Laughter and jokes were constant with Hugh; when giving advice to one of his grandchildren or coaching a friend through a difficult time, his heartfelt advice would be followed by a joke, a smile and a request to "keep it light!". Hugh was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Mary Scobie; his son Carmen, his granddaughter Sara Scobie and his siblings Ina, Nan, Dave and Jack. Hugh leaves to celebrate his life, Sharon Scobie, his wife of 56 years; children Kim (Loralee), Mona (Daniel), Lisa (Wes), Darcy (Trevor) and Carla (Mark); 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; his sister Mary Yankee and brother Lawrence (Beverly); sister-in-laws Ione (Glen) and Ann (Ron). Friends so wishing may forward their condolences to the family by visiting www.christiesfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie's Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

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