September 8, 1927-May 7, 2017
Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Abe, passed away peacefully on May 7th after a lengthy decline, with his loving wife holding his hand. He was predeceased by his brothers Ernie, John and Albert. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Irngard and two brothers, Jake and Ben. He is also survived by his three children, Gerry (Pat,) Sheila (Kent,) Robert (Kyra) and two granddaughters Ashley (Ayrton) and Delaney as well as extended family member Karen Dyck.
Abe was born on the family farm in Munson, Alberta the son of John and Margaret. His mother died when he was three, and he was raised by his stepmother Mary (Reimer) who emigrated to Canada from Russia to marry Abe’s father. After high school, he attended CBS Bible School in Winnipeg for a term, but got called home to work on the family farm. Eventually, he found his way to the Federated Co-op grocery chain, and managed stores in Strathmore, Drumheller, Edmonton and Innisfail, before moving to the Head Office in Calgary in 1974. He also worked as a realtor and had a front office position with a Calgary realty company before retiring in 1995.
Abe had four great passions in his life, his Faith, his family, his golf and the Calgary Stampeders (not always in that order.) He had a wonderful tenor voice and was frequently called on for solo work at churches and in many choirs. After retirement, he became a member of the Corpus Christi Male Chorale, an all-men’s ensemble that toured Western Canada and recorded two gospel albums.
In their retirement, Abe and Irngard enjoyed winters in Palm Springs, where they established many, very close friendships and where there were lots of golf courses to explore. The family will also remember countless summer vacations at Lake Chelan and sitting around the campfire for hours, talking, laughing and singing.
His sense of humour was dry but very keen and he was an excellent story teller, especially about growing up on the farm as one of six boys. We miss him terribly but he wasn’t what he once was, and we prefer to remember the kind and gentle man he used to be. We are pleased for him that he has gone home to be with his Lord and Savior.
Special thanks from the family to Dr. Doug Gee and the wonderful nursing staff at the Cowichan Hospital in Duncan for the fine care that he received in his final days.
A memorial service will take place at the Oceanview Community Church in Ladysmith on June 3rd at 2pm. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation would be much appreciated.
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