William Unger, born June 24, 1922 in Danzig, passed away July 30, 2003, at the age of 81 (3 to the 4th power) in the Tabor Home, Abbotsford, BC.
William is survived by his daughters: Rosalyn (Simon) Burn, and Julie (Sandy) Lane; grandchildren: Greg Lane, Sarah Burn, Doug Lane, Philippa Burn, and Alistair Burn; sisters: Virginia (Henry) Dyck, and Lena (Jim) Gemberling; brother, George (Ruth) Unger; sister-in-law Lena Emerson. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Lena, in 2000; his brother, Otto; and his parents. He will be remembered fondly by his family, many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends, and former students. William taught math and physics for over 40 years. He was a high school principal at age 19. Most of his career was spent at Chilliwack Senior Secondary.
He was instrumental in founding the BC Science Teacher’s Association and was one of its first presidents. He was a strong advocate and practitioner of inquiry-based science. He was very proud of all his former students. Upon retirement, they called him a teacher “whom we could trust.” He served the Lord by singing and directing choirs, and founding a Mission Church. He loved to work in his rose garden. His pride and joy were his grandchildren. He taught them how to live and reach for the stars. He was a scholar and a gentleman, always positive, joyful and a pillar of strength to those around him. He will be forever in our hearts. Interment at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003 at McLure Rd. Cemetery, Abbotsford.
Memorial Service at 2:30 p.m. at Eden Mennonite Church, Chilliwack.