Theodor Weinrath, beloved husband and father, was taken from us on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, after a brief illness. He was born in Luechtringen, Germany on May 8, 1928 and is predeceased by his three sisters, Mia, Margaretha and Thea as well as his first wife, Theresa.
He had four children with his first wife who all survive him — Pat (Peter), Michael (Janet), Diane and Tessa (Ken). He is also survived by Armgard, his loving wife of 37 year, as well as nine grandchildren.
He faced hardship in his life as a foot soldier in WWII and as a prisoner of war for four years from age 16 to 20 and as a widow with a young family but overcame these adversities to lead a life with fortitude and adventure.
He came to Canada in 1956, speaking no English and with nothing in his pocket and launched several successful entrepreneurial careers. He managed a private club, ran a coffee shop and corner store and finally found his niche owning and operating a small janitorial business for 20 years before he retired. His life was filled with family, music, literature and many hobbies including golf, cribbage, table tennis and chess.
His competitive spirit led him to a gold medal in table tennis at the BC Seniors’ Olympics in 1990.
Those who met him always found a receptive ear, an insightful piece of advice and a good tip for the eighth race. We all miss him so.
Funeral service will be on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at 11:30 at St. Mary’s Parish in Chilliwack with graveside service to follow. Special thanks to Dr. Jones and the staff at Bradley Centre for their warm care.