(Sept. 23, 1929 – May 15, 2008)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father and Opa, Peter Meiszner. Peter took his last breath peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Peter was predeceased by his brothers John (Kitchener, Ontario) and Henry (Delhi, Ontario).
Survived by Elisabeth, his devoted wife of 56 years, their children Erika Godfrey (Don Craigmyle), Anita Hahn (Joe Hahn), Peter (Toni), Betty (Lyle Simpson) and Kathy Isaac (John Shackleton); grandchildren: Lisa Pankratz, Peter D. Meiszner, Christopher Godfrey, Lisa Meiszner and Erin Godfrey; brothers and sisters-in-law Adam and Maria Beringer and Tony and Margaret Zoya in Germany and Hahne Taskaline in North Carolina, sisters-in-law Margaret and Elizabeth in Ontario; and nieces and nephews in Ontario, Germany and North Carolina.
Peter was born in Esceny, Hungary and emigrated to Canada from Germany in 1952 with his new wife and daughter.
They settled near and in Elmira, Ontario where they raised their family. He embraced his adopted country, modeled a strong work ethic and maintained family traditions. Peter learned English along with his children as he worked full time and trained at night school to become a heavy duty mechanic. In 1969 he followed his wanderlust and brought the family to B.C. After running a large dairy farm, he semi-retired to a small hobby farm in Sardis and worked as a civilian mechanic at the Chilliwack Forces Base for 20 years.
Peter was creative and inventive – the ultimate handyman. He spent many happy hours in his workshop and he could fix anything … no project was too daunting for him. He loved the outdoors, books, music and enjoyed traveling. Life was a great adventure for Peter. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.
Peter will be greatly missed by family, friends and all those whose lives he enriched with his giving heart, sincerity, patience and wise council.
A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel of Henderson’s Funeral Home on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Reception will follow in the tea room.
A special thanks to Dr. R.K. Bull, the nurses and the care workers of the Palliative Care Program.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.