John Alan HACKETT (1920-2009)

Alan Hacket was born in Langruth, Manitoba on 26 April 1920 to John Alan Hackett (1892-1970) and Henrietta Knapp (1893-1975). In 1922, he moved to Winnipeg with his parents. He was educated at the Greenway and General Wolfe schools and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate.

On 13 July 1946, he married Audrey Eldine Scaife (1913 – 1994) and they had one child: Kerry (wife of Allan Bartlett).

Allied Health Professional, Businessman, Author, Historian

Alan enlisted in the 3rd Battalion Royal Winnipeg Rifles in 1940, serving as a Sergeant Instructor at the 100th (Basic) Training Centre, Portage la Prairie and later overseas. He was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, suffered multiple wounds and returned to Canada. After convalescing, he took a Remedial Physical Training course in Portage la Prairie and, on, qualifying, was posted as an instructor at Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg. In 1948, he joined the sales staff of 3M Canada Inc., retiring in May 1982 after 34 years.

Alan enjoyed all forms of sport, but his greatest joy in his life was golf. In addition to his passion for golf, he devoted much of his retirement years researching and compiling the history of Manitoba golf courses. His book, Manitoba Links A Kaleidoscopic History of Golf, was completed and published in September 1998. He joined Assiniboine Golf Course in 1962 and in 2002 was honoured with an honourary life membership. In 2007, Alan was recognized by Golf Manitoba for his contribution to the game of Golf in Manitoba.

He died on 24 January 2009 and was buried in the family plot at Waverley Memorial Gardens.


  • Death Registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • 3 Manitobans are Casualties, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1944, page 1.
  • 18 Manitobans Are included in 500th Army Casualty List, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 July 1944, page 5.
  • Casualty List, The Winnipeg Tribune, 11 July 1944, page 5.
  • Wedding Announcement, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 July 1946, page 8.
  • Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 2009.
  • Obituary [John Hackett], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 December 1970, page 39.
  • Obituary [Henrietta Hackett], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1975, page 38.
  • Obituary [Audrey Hackett], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 1994, page 27.


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