July 7, 1935 – June 6, 2022
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather. Rudy was born in Yarrow BC on July 7th, 1935, the third of seven siblings born to George and Lena Reimer. Dad grew up within a Mennonite Christian family and faith community in which music was highly valued and important in worship.
He studied and mastered the violin and viola while also having fun playing sports including baseball and ice hockey. Following high school graduation he studied psychiatric nursing at Essendale and worked for a time as a psychiatric aide at Woodlands School. In 1958 he married his sweetheart piano accompanist Hilda Martens. They made their home in Abbotsford where he taught violin and she taught piano while raising their four children. Rudy followed in the footsteps of his father by serving as a choir director and congregational hymn leader, conducting for years at South Abbotsford M.B. Church.
Rudy also worked at Clearbrook Frozen Foods for several years and then at Matsqui Penitentiary for 23 years where he served as a living unit officer. Not ready to retire at 65 he went on to work for Communitas as a care aide for challenged adults at Dahlstrom and Ashley House group homes until his final retirement in 2020.
Through the years he shared his passion for music with countless violin students. His love for God was reflected in his compassionate nature, encouraging words and good deeds for others. Rudy was a man truly dedicated to his family.
He is survived by his wife Hilda, children Darrell (Sandy), Harwood (Lauren), Corinne (Teresa), Colin (Lynn), and six grandchildren: Talia, Kyla, Evan, Ellen, Kaleah and Hunter. He is also survived by siblings William, Holda, Elfrieda, John, Robert and Irene.
A Celebration of Life Service is being planned for a later date.
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