October 18, 2004
Hart family still wrestling with loss
By KRISTEN ENEVOLD - Calgary Sun
He was the undisputed king of the wrestling world, but for the family Stu Hart left behind a year ago yesterday, it was time to reflect on the little things that made him special. "It's been kind of a tough day," said Bruce Hart, one of Stu and Helen Hart's 12 children.
After visiting their father's grave, the family spent the rest of the day comforting each other, along with several wrestlers who credit their careers to the patriarch of the famous clan.
"It still doesn't seem like it was that long ago, but it's already been a year," said Bruce.
Stu was 88 when he died last Oct. 16 of complications due to pneumonia and a stroke.
More than 1,000 people, from wrestlers to political and entertainment figures, attended his funeral several days later.
But it was the last moments Bruce Hart spent with his dad that he was reflecting on yesterday.
"Two days before he died I went to visit him, and we had a really good conversation -- but the next night, he took a turn for the worse and then he passed away," said Hart.
"During the last few years of my dad's life, he was under a lot of strain," said Hart, recounting his mom Helen's death in 2001, and the death of his brother, Owen, in 1999, among other family tragedies.
"But my dad was always strong, and always had a positive attitude."
Meanwhile, the home where Stu and Helen raised their children -- and showed countless wrestlers the ropes -- is now owned by a local land developer.
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