Otto Wallace “Wally” Guggenheimer

b. 1941 August 20 – d. 2016 November 18

Our brother Wally passed away peacefully on Friday, November 18, 2016 in Menno Hospital, Abbotsford, after suffering with Huntington Disease for more than half of his 75 years. Wally was born on August 20, 1941 at North Otter, Langley, BC, second child to Otto and Meta (Friedrich) Guggenheimer. Now re-united with his parents in heaven, he is missed by his siblings; Rita (Rudy) Nickel of Abbotsford, John (Sally) of Abbotsford, Paul (Connie) of Prince George, Meta (Reinart) Polinsky of Vancouver, Ruth (Isaac) Klassen of Kelowna, Dan (Lovella) of Saskatoon, Arlene (Waldo) Pauls of Clarendon/Shawville QC, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and friends. In his youth Wally was a very widely read and knowledgeable scholar, and in demand as a softball fast-pitcher. After graduating from Mennonite Educational Institute, he worked in metal fabrication in Burnaby, studied engineering at UBC, worked at Columbia Cellulose Pulp Mill in Prince Rupert, where he enjoyed owning and driving powerful sporty cars, until HD prevented him from continuing. Wally spent the last 18 years of his life at Menno Place where he quickly became quiz champion and general knowledge expert. The family would like to express their gratitude for the compassionate care provided by the wonderful staff at Menno Place, especially Hospital East 1, and by Dr. David Froese and Dr. Ernie Pauls. In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations can be made in Wally’s memory to the Huntington Society of Canada (Guggenheimer Family Fund), website or by cheque mailed to HSC, 151 Frederick Street, Suite 400, Kitchener, ON N2H 2M2. Donations will be applied to research into finding treatment and cure for HD, and to support sufferers of HD. Online condolences may be submitted to: A Celebration of Wally’s life will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm, in Menno Hospital Chapel, 32945 Marshall Rd., Abbotsford, BC.

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