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Aubrey William Hebig

February 3, 1941 February 20, 2019
Aubrey William Hebig
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Aubrey William Hebig passed away in Palm Desert, California on February 20, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Adrienne DeFrank-Hebig.
Aubrey was born to Louis and Alma Hebig on February 3, 1941 in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, and grew up in Osoyoos, BC. He attended high school at St. Anthony’s College in Edmonton, Alberta, which was run by the Franciscan fathers. He was the captain of the basketball team, a Student Prefect and also participated in tennis and track & field.
He followed high school with a two year philosophy arts program, and an internship with the Franciscan Novitiate in CA.
He later relocated his family to Nelson BC where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education and began a long and influential career in the Nelson school district. Teaching at several schools throughout the Nelson area, Aubrey was responsible for bringing pottery to the art program in the district. He spent countless hours after class and on weekends firing pieces his students had created and greatly enjoyed sharing his passion for this art form.
Aubrey’s art talent is well known in Canada. Numerous works were selected, recognized and featured in juried Art Shows. His pottery pieces have been displayed in galleries in multiple Canadian provinces.
Aubrey was blessed with many lifelong friends that developed from his Canadian roots. During his years in Nelson, B.C. he entered in to several small business ventures with one of his favorite friends, Herb Walker, including partial ownership of a small boutique hotel and apartment complex. He enjoyed working with his hands, though he could be said to be on the verge of dangerous with power tools in them!
An enthusiastic traveler throughout his life, as a younger man he made trips to Hawaii and then on to Australia working and staying with family. He then embarked by ship to Europe, and later ventured to the Prairies and throughout the Western U.S. Summer vacations were often spent on camping road trips or visits to extended family. An avid sportsman, he excelled at hockey, skiing, softball, golf and was passionate about tennis.
When Aubrey later wintered in Palm Desert to enjoy the sun and tennis, he would often get up and play and early match and then head out leading a group of friends on mountain bike “tours” through the area. Aubrey met his soul mate when Adrienne fell behind on one of those infamous bike tours and Aubrey stopped to wait for her. They were inseparable thereafter. Aubrey was able to fulfill a life-long wish to live on the Oregon Coast, when he and Adrienne
built a home there early in their marriage. But the sun and lifestyle they loved in Palm Desert ultimately drew them to move to Deep Canyon Country Club permanently in 2010.
Art and teaching continued to be important constants in his life. Aubrey enjoyed interacting with students and utilizing the facilities at the Old Town Artisan Studios in La Quinta, California, recently gifting his collection of pottery books, glazes, tools and some finished pottery pieces to this institution.
Aubrey is survived by his wife of 15 years, Adrienne, his sister Marsella, son Greg (Arlene), nieces Lori (Ken) and Kim, nephews Paul (Wendy) and Todd (Pam), step-sons Kevin (Tracy) and Brian, step-daughters Sheila (Stewart), Mary (Dana) and Maureen (AJ). Aubrey will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Cole and Corrie and step-grandchildren, Sarah and Erin, as well as his great-nieces and great-nephews. Aubrey is predeceased by his first wife, Ruth, and sister, Joyce.
Aubrey’s family would like to thank the medical community that was integral in his last year, especially the dedicated staff and transport driver of the oncology/infusion group which he considered his second family. Their loving care most certainly extended his life and made him smile up to his final days.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held for family and friends at the Deep Canyon Tennis Club clubhouse at 11 a.m. on Sunday March 10, 2019. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice in Aubrey’s memory. That would make him happy indeed.


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11:00 AM 3/10/2019 11:00:00 AM
Deep Canyon Tennis Club

73-120 FRANK FELTROP CIRCLE
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Deep Canyon Tennis Club
73-120 FRANK FELTROP CIRCLE Palm Desert 92260 CA
United States
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