Terri-Jane Yuzda

Medicine Hat Engineer
Was a Strong Volunteer


James Hogg, P.Eng., a well-known Medicine Hat volunteer within and outside his professional association, has died at the age of 76. Mr. Hogg received two major awards in recent months for his volunteer work, and in the early to late 1990s he was an executive member of APEGGA's Medicine Hat Branch, which he chaired for two years.

The business owner and consulting engineer died April 12.

A newspaper article quotes Mr. Hogg's son Bill as saying: "My dad was a volunteer all his life and he had a strong work ethic. He worked until the day he died."

Mr. Hogg once said: "I think the person that does the volunteering gets more out of it than the person being helped. You get a feeling of a better way of life.

Volunteering gives you something to accomplish besides money. After a while, you discover that money has nothing in it."

Mr. Hogg was among six Albertans added to the province's Volunteer Wall of Fame on Dec. 5, 2002, which meant he received a Stars of the Millennium Volunteer Award. On March 3 of this year, he received a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

Mr. Hogg donated thousands of volunteer hours - he once estimated 25,000 - at provincial and local levels over about 50 years. The Kinsmen, the Boy Scouts, the Alberta Senior Citizens Sport and Recreation Association, the Council on Aging and other groups benefited from his efforts.

Born April 21, 1926, in Kegworth, Sask., Mr. Hogg spent his childhood on a Saskatchewan farm during the Dirty Thirties. He left home to attend Luther College in Regina, where his dreams of becoming an engineer began. He graduated from university in Saskatoon.

He and his wife, Willa, who was later nicknamed Kaye, lived in Lethbridge and Taber, then moved to Medicine Hat. Mr. Hogg ran an engineering firm from his arrival in 1956 until present day.

Predeceased by his wife, he is survived by children Bill Hogg, Roxanne Dautremont and Bob Stevenson and their families, including seven grandchildren.

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