Mr. Reinhard Karl Zipprick

December 24, 1936January 14, 2021

Reinhard Zipprick of Calgary, Alberta, went to his heavenly home on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the age of 84 years.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Ernel, as well as his children, Volker and Karen, grandchildren Elya and Ethan, great grandchild Judah, grandchildren Danielle, Anna, Bethany, children Andrea and Gilles, children Mark and Elissa, grandchildren Yale and Luke, sister Heidi May and family, and numerous extended family and friends. Reinhard was predeceased by his sister Waltraud in 2015 and his brother Helmut in 2017.

Reinhard was born in Koenigsberg, Germany, to Gustav and Minna Zipprick. He experienced the difficult years of World War 2 at a young age; his family was separated and displaced in 1945. The family was reunited in 1948, and started a new life in southern Germany. It was during this time that Reinhard saw his need for a Savior and came to faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord. Reinhard believed in the God of the Bible; this was evident during his recent battle with lung cancer. He affirmed that all things will work out for the good of those who love God and was looking forward to living in eternity with Him. His greatest joy was that all members of his family were also followers of Christ Jesus.

So, while we will feel his absence very much, we are convinced that we will see him again. Instead of good-bye, it is rather ‘till we meet again’ – or in German – Aufwiedersehen!


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Mr. Reinhard Karl Zipprick

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Carola Preusser

January 28, 2021

Our hearts are with you, Tante Ernel, Volker, Andrea, Mark and your families.

Reinhard and my dad, Charly, met in Germany at a young age, and worked together there for many years. We’ve often joked that if not for Reinhard and Ernel, we would have been Australian instead of Canadian. Not long after Reinhard and Ernel moved to Canada, my parents, Charly and Silvia, followed them here. Reinhard and Charly’s friendship was strong and lifelong, and they worked together at Wemas for many more years. Onkel Reinhard has always quietly been there for us, helping and offering his advice when we needed it. He was there, visiting, sharing a memory and a laugh, and lending a hand when Charly was ill, and we know that they are now having a great time visiting again with their “Breakfast Club” in Heaven.

Lieber Onkel Reinhard, the Preussers will miss you.
Auf Wiedersehen!


January 26, 2021

The Zipprick family is in our thoughts and prayers on the passing of Reinhard.
I was always impressed by the way that Reinhard was such a servant of the Lord and of people, but did so in a very unassuming way. Any stainless steel or welding at Thornhill Baptist has his fingerprints and craftsmanship on it. I also remember seeing him welding some railings out at Camp Caroline. It was winter and there was a retreat going on inside, but he faithfully worked away outside in the cold. He never looked for the applause of people but you knew that he was using his gifts as an offering to the Lord. A great example!
condolences to Ernel and the family
Ray and Christine

Art & Betty Klukas

January 25, 2021

Dear Ernel and Family,

Reinhard will always hold a special place in our memory. We appreciated his concern for the Church, his faithfulness, and diligent service to the Lord. It has been our family's privilege to be knit together with yours in the family of God. We were honoured to be able to join you in spirit today, during the beautiful memorial service for Reinhard. It was a wonderful tribute to him and his life.

"Knowing that the One who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in His presence. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, yet our inner self is being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that is far beyond comparison. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:14, 16-18 BSB).

With our love and prayers,
Art & Betty

Betty Knapp

January 24, 2021

Ernel and family,
I am so sorry for your loss, and Ernel I think of you often.

Betty Knapp

Wolfgang Hamann

January 24, 2021

Liebe Ernel, liebe Zippricks -  alle zusammen,

ein Abschied von einem lieben Menschen, auch wenn der nicht für immer ist, tut weh.

Martina, Marie, Yannic und ich, wir sind in Gedanken bei Reinhard, bei Dir Ernel und bei euch - besonders am Montag.

Am Montag, also morgen Abend um 22 Uhr wollen wir versuchen, über den Link, an den Feierlichkeiten der Beerdigung teilzunehmen.

Herzliche Grüße
von uns allen aus Leutershausen, nahe Schriesheim

Christian Beck

January 24, 2021

Reinhard Zipprick was the person who spawned in us the love for Canada. In the last years of my university studies in the beginning of the 1980ies, I first met my cousin (My mom was a born “Zipprick”.) after a study travel to the US.
He and his wife Ernel welcomed me, the so far never seen cousin from Germany in their home.
I spent some days in Calgary, they showed me around, took me to their church. This connection never broke since then, regardless of the long distance.
The greatest event was our marriage, that we had in Reinhard’s and Ernel’s house in 1984. We enjoyed their warm hospitality. Starting from Calgary, the first kilometers accompanied by Reinhard in his van and my parents, our marriage voyage led us through Alberta and BC and back.
During another visit (it was winter with 20 degrees below) I joined them in a short trip to Lake Louise, where Reinhard and Ernel taught me my first steps on Crosscountry skis.
In 2015 we had the last opportunity to see us in person, when I took my son Kolja to a visit to Calgary. Again we were welcomed and hosted by Ernel, Reinhard and the complete family.
It was a good tradition, to give Reinhard a call on Christmas eve for his birthday. It was always a pleasure to discuss with him, sometimes about political topics, religion, or the business.
I am so happy that we could have this call last December. Despite of his illness, he was very lively and was so full of hope and trust in the Lord.
To say it with his wishes, we should not grieve about the loss but thank the Lord that we had him.

As Christians we know, that there is life after death and therefor “Auf Wiedersehen!”

Annette and Christian Beck / Kisdorf (Germany)

Kolja Beck

January 24, 2021

I got to know Reinhard Zipprick while visiting him and his family with my father Christian Beck (Reinhards Cousin) in the summer of 2015. Although I had not met him before, I instantly felt welcome around him. He had a great way of making me feel at home without knowing me at all.
I will always enjoy looking back at our time in Calgary and I am glad I got to meet Reinhard.

Auf Wiedersehen, lieber Reinhard!

Dianna Girodat

January 23, 2021

We’ve had the pleasure of being neighbours to Reinhardt and Ernel for 31 years. We were deeply saddened to hear of Reinhardt’ s
Passing. May he Rest In Peace. It was always wonderful visiting while they were working on their beautiful garden and yard. We would talk about our neighbourhood, families and the news.
Reinhardt often helped us with his welding skills and other talents.
We shall greatly miss him. May the angels wrap their loving arms around him.

Rosie Haukenfrers

January 20, 2021

It is still hard to believe that he has left us. Onkel Reinhard will be missed. I have many fond memories spending time with your family.
I often think about the time we were gathered at my Oma's house and everyone was having a good time speaking in dialect. Then we stopped to say grace before a meal. Oma no sooner said amen when Onkel Reinhard turned to her and said, "Tante Flora, why do you pray in high German? Doesn't the Lord God understand dialect?" Oh how we laughed.
I'm also so grateful for the times Ron and I came over we played card games. It was so much fun spending time together and being family.
Even though we can't be together right now, know I am thinking of you! I know that we can be comforted that he is home with his savior.