Dean NEMETZ

NEMETZ

Dean

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dean Nemetz on October 22, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Dean will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered. Dean was only 41 years old and leaves behind his strong and devoted wife, Jody, his adorable children; Riley, Ruby and little Cooper, his mother, Darlene; brothers, Stacy (Joy), children Hailee and Karl, and Anthony (Anna), children Téa and Oscar and many extended family and friends. Dean was predeceased by his father, Arthur, and his special Uncle, David Nemetz, his Aunts, Eunice Lindstrom and Joy Abel. Dean was born in Red Deer and raised in Stettler, AB. The oldest of three brothers, he led the way filling their younger days with everything three young boys could get into. At an early age Dean’s father, Art introduced him to fishing and he was hooked! This love for fishing continued throughout his life. Dean shared this passion with his children, and together, the joy of fishing brought some really special times. A natural athlete, Dean excelled in high school baseball, football and hockey, and was awarded a football scholarship with the U of A. His athletic ability, sharp mind and team approach helped him lead the Stettler Wildcats, and the U of A Golden Bears as quarterback, runback and receiver. Dean also loved playing cards and board games with his family, his competitive spirit shone through here as well. Dean attended SAIT, graduating with a degree in hospitality, a word that he knew the true meaning of. Dean and Jody met while working together in Calgary and married at the beautiful Banff Springs Hotel in the spring of 1999. Dean’s career took them to many locations across Western Canada, and with the arrival of children, Dean and Jody chose Saskatoon as home base when Dean accepted the position as General Manager at the Travelodge Hotel. Dean was a perfect fit for this position, and this position was a perfect fit for Dean. In business, Dean had all the qualities that make for the best leaders, he possessed a high level of executive intelligence that added value to the organization, and allowed the companies that he worked for to race ahead of their competitors. Dean was very mindful of the lives of his staff and was always trying to implement ideas to support the overall wellness of the Travelodge team. He inspired everyone to take pride in their work because he genuinely respected and appreciated their efforts, often to be seen working alongside the staff to get the job done no matter how messy or monotonous the task. Throughout Dean’s life, he was drawn to the character Robin Hood. He identified with him as his hero, and connected with Robin Hood for everything he stood for; fairness and equality for all regardless of their station in life. It is no surprise that Dean brought these qualities to his leadership style. Like Robin Hood, Dean loved a good adventure. In this past year, he, Jody, Riley, Ruby and Cooper, along with Darlene, Dean’s Mom, and family explored Mexico, enjoyed Disneyland, dug for gemstones in the California desert, and Dean fulfilled a lifelong dream of going to the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction. The many great moments they shared on these vacations are the strong family memories that will be cherished forever. Dean has affected more lives than he could ever know and will be missed by all who knew him. In the spirit that Dean lived his life, we invite you to honor him at a Celebration of Life to be held on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Galaxy Ballroom, Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon, 106 Circle Drive West. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dean may be made at Stettler Battle River Credit Union c/o Jody Nemetz for Riley, Ruby and Cooper. In the hopes of helping Riley, Ruby and Cooper know how great their dad was, we invite you to share stories and memories of Dean at http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Memory-Of-Dean-Nemetz/162084813811643


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