February 5, 1941 – June 17, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Urs Meier, of Sumas Prairie Abbotsford, at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dorli, and their seven children Mike (Varley), Tony (Jimi), Chris (Erica), Barbara (Damian), Julie (Kelly), Karl (Chelsea), Rudi (Bekky) and 29 grandchildren. Urs was pre-deceased by his grandson Maxson and leaves behind three sisters in Switzerland; Martha, Barbara and Alice. Urs was born in Dintikon, Switzerland and emigrated to Canada in 1971. He spent his life establishing a successful dairy farm and was happiest on a tractor, tending his crops and at his kitchen table surrounded by his family members. He will be remembered for his integrity, legendary work ethic and generous spirit. We will all miss him and will remember him through many fond memories formed through a long life well lived. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Abbotsford Regional Hospital for the care shown to Urs during his brief stay. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm at The Rancho at 35110 Delair Rd, Abbotsford, BC V3G 2E3. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Children’s Hospital.
- Memorial Service Friday, June 22, 2018
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June 25, 2018
I met Urs many years ago while coaching the first of the many Meiers to play the game of rugby. I believe Mike was the first. Back then it was somewhat unusual to get the son of a farmer to commit to afterschool sports. The same attributes of natural strength and a high work ethic that coaches were looking for, were the same attributes that made them needed at home.
Urs appeared on the sideline during one of the early afterschool practices. It was unusual to have a parent watch a practice and I wasn’t sure if he was watching our coaching or his son. We ran the boys particularly hard and they were near exhaustion at the end (as usual). I approached Urs and he greeted me with a huge grin. He said, “You work him very hard at school and then I will work him hard at home! This is good.”
There is little doubt he was a caring father and had a huge positive impact on his kids.