August 27, 1930 – April 1, 2022
Born in dusty Southern Saskatchewan, the 4th of 6 children, on August 27,1930; made his final earthly journey to heaven on April 1, 2022.
He was an adventurous and mischievous child, who, in all likelihood had “ADHD” before it was even invented. He was, from youth, an avid horse-lover who related tales of breaking and training horses, and even driving mule teams, pulling grain-loaded wagons to the town elevator, where he tells of shooting rats for pocket change.
It was while in High School at Briercrest Bible Institute that dad found his one true love, ” the only girlfriend I ever had”.
Dad, who was only 18 at the time, and mom were married on May 7, 1949. Their early years were ones of struggle and even survival as dad worked for a logging company in Northern Saskatchewan, driving truckloads of logs across the frozen ice in the winter. After a stint with the Saskatoon fire department, dad settled into the trucking business, in which he was employed in several capacities from truck driving to management positions which eventually saw them move from Saskatoon to Winnipeg and then Calgary. He went on to a successful career in the Real estate industry in both Calgary and Abbotsford.
Mom and Dad were like burlap and lace; but it must have been true that opposites attract, because in May, 2021 they celebrated 72 years of marriage. During those years they added 4 children and their spouses: Cherie (Ed) Froese, Stan (Grace) Hindmarsh, Linda ( Glen) Rau, and Sandi (Terry) Schulz, as well as 15 grandchildren and spouses, plus 38 great-grandchildren to their number!
Despite dad’s many achievements during his 91 years, what he did, although monumental, was not what made him a great man in our eyes- but who he was and the legacy he left behind. These are the things that stand out. Dad was a man who loved well…anyone who came to know dad knew he was a man of faith who walked with God…even when life was hard. He loved mom, and missed her terribly after her passing in August of 2021. And his love for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was expressed often…He never missed an opportunity to tell us how much we were appreciated. Dad was also a man of integrity and generosity. He had a keen sense of justice, tempered by a compassionate spirit. Many benefitted from his down-to-earth wisdom. He used his gifts passionately in capacities such as Christian Service Brigade and Christian Businessmen’s Association, and for many years he was a Bible teacher to young adults and married couples, served on church boards, and formed many cherished relationships as a devoted mentor (and bus driver) for The Berg Choral.
Dad fixed things…broken toys, broken cars (and buses), broken wheelchairs…He also deeply cared for broken people. Let it not go unmentioned that he was quite a character at heart and was always up for a good practical joke or the re-telling of a (sometimes fabricated) story. He lit up a room wherever he went and was loved by many. We will miss his off-the-cuff quips, which within the family have come to be known as “dad-isms”. How we have loved you, dad. Look out, heaven…here he comes!
To the many caregivers who lovingly attended to dad’s needs we owe a debt of gratitude. To the community at Hallmark…You are the best!
A celebration of life is scheduled for April 21, 2022, 1:30 p.m. at Heritage Alliance Church, 3440 Mount Lehman Road, Abbotsford, B. C.
Reception to follow at the church. Condolences can be left, www.woodlawnfh-abbotsford.com
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