Apr 3, 1938 - Sep 6, 2021
On Monday September 6th, 2021, Louis (Lou) William Maga, loving husband, devoted father, passed away at age 83. Lou was born, April 3rd ,1938, to Bill and Germaine Maga in Red Deer, Alberta. He grew up on the family farm in the Poplar Ridge area. It was a time when you rode your horse to school, and he loved telling that story. When he was 18 years old, he left the family farm to work in the oil field with Hudson Bay pipeline in Olds Alberta. During that time, he met his future bride Nita in Olds Alberta. They were married April 8th, 1961. Lou and Nita returned to the Poplar Ridge area and started their own farm. Lou continued working on the original homestead with his father, Bill, until his passing.
Lou and Nita had two children, Lou Junior, and Nancy, whom they raised on the new farm just east of Sylvan Lake.
Lou was a good son and took great care of his widowed mother and included her in all the events in his life, until her passing in 2016.
In the early years, Lou and Nita were a big part of the community and volunteered regularly at the Poplar Ridge Hall. Lou was also involved with the 4H and helped run the local chapter of the Junior Forrest Warden's.
Lou and Nita had a busy farm of grain and livestock. Later they switched gears and started Western Rose starters and alternators.
The time came to slow down, but Lou was not one to sit still, so his retirement job was helping Lou Junior operate Maga Storage.
Lou enjoyed people and was always interested in their stories. He loved asking questions and learning about mechanics, events, history... you name it. His knowledge of the history of our local area was incredible. He recalled people long gone and original homesteaders and was a wealth of information without using Google.
Lou really felt deeply about helping people and joined Operation Amigo, in Juarez, Mexico, one year. It wasn't without the families concern about his safety, but Papa was determined to go.
Lou and Nita were always lively, and life was never boring. They even made their world debut in a movie, (The Root of the problem) based on a book of their friends, Joanne, and Tim.
Lou could always be counted on anytime you needed him. His unique humour and authentic kindness will be missed by family, friends, customers, and the community.
Lou loved fishing, puzzles, solving problems and long conversations at their family campsite under the stars. The best times to him were around those campfires encircled with friends and family.
You could also count on Lou to offer you a Pop or a beer. It was never a bad time, and you were always welcome. Those times will be treasured by All of us Forever.
Lou had a strong faith in God and was ready to be called, so we take comfort knowing his soul is in good hands, for which we are grateful.
Lou was predeceased by his father Bill, his mother Germaine, and his daughter Nancy Ann.
He leaves behind his wife Nita, his son Lou Jr (Jackie) and grandchildren Dusty and Amanda and his sister Louise (Dave) He also leaves two nephews and close cousins, Annie (Gerry), Bruce (Cindy).
He was loved by so very many close friends and honorary grandchildren children as well.
We will miss you, Papa.
Fran and Connie Lavoie:
So sorry to hear of Lou's passing. We have many fond memories of working at the hall with him and Nita and learning how to square dance under his direction. He will be missed.
Lou will always be remembered for his good heart, 'old school' values, and warm personality. My condolences to the family.
Bob and Sarina King (VE6BLD and VE6QEN):
We were both so sorry to hear Louie has passed. Our deepest condolences to you Nita and your family. We always enjoyed talking to Louie on the ham radio. He was a very important member of the Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club (CARL originally) for many years. I remember helping him install his tower on the west side of the house and he always had a big smile and wonderful laugh. He was always helping with all club activities for many years. I was so glad I had an hour visit with him on his porch just a few weeks ago when I bought some new RV batteries. I know he will be sadly missed.
Geoff and Delaine Hazlett:
Sorry to read of the death of an old friend and school buddy. Our parents were great friends and always talked of the good times together and raising their families.
We know he will be greatly missed as he always had time for everyone he met
Our thoughts and prayers with all of you who cherish his memory.
Dave and Ramona Johanson:
Our deepest sympathy to Nita and family. It was indeed an honour and pleasure to know and call Lou our friend. So many memories,Greekfest and togas,sneaking over during COVID, bonfires,and all the wonderful hugs full of love wrapped in his arms that he loved to give. Papa Lou will be greatly missed.
Sharon (Mathew) and Gordon Graham:
Nita, and family,
Our deepest sympathy for your great loss.
Nita, so many good memories of you and Lou and your kids visiting - your house, our house, and at the cottage where the kids loved the water and we loved the quiet!! Lou was always so much fun, and always made the time together a happy time. And did he usually catch the biggest fish - probably.
Bruce & Cindy Morison:
our deepest condolences to Nita, young Lou/Jackie and rest of family. Louie was the best Enjoyed our time together over the years. Will be Greatly missed.
Henry and Doris Harder:
We are sorry to hear of loss of your husband, father, grandfather and friend. We send our condolences.
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