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Alfred "Spark" Walter Schmalz

October 19, 1952November 7, 2020

With great sadness, his family announces that Spark passed away in his sleep, at home in Cambridge, on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the age of 68. Husband of Irene for 47 years. Father of Ian (Sarah) and Chad. "Pa" to Keegan, Caden, Rowen, and Sullivan. He will also be remembered by his siblings Ted Cram, Dave (Denise) Schmalz, and Sheri (Jim) Thomson and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Spark started working at Eastern Steel/Frink Canada until becoming a transport truck driver. He enjoyed camping, fishing and boating. In 2001 he won a Harley and that became a passion, taking scenic rides and touring Ontario.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a very private interment will take place at Parklawn Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Cambridge Humane Society would be appreciated by his family.


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Marilyn Holm

November 16, 2020

Our caring and loving thoughts are with you Irene in the sudden, sad loss of Spark. We will hold you and your family closely in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve your loss.
It is our wish that you find comfort knowing that Spark is at peace for all eternity.
In Sympathy and Love,
Marilyn and Roy

John Derschner

November 16, 2020

To Irene and Family,
Saddened to hear that Sparky has passed and until you meet again, I hope and pray for God to comfort you and your family, uphold you, and give you His peace during this difficult time, within this difficult time!
With our love and prayers,
John Jr. and Liz Derschner

Peggy Martin

November 14, 2020

Sparkie, you were a kind and gentle soul. Thank you for sharing a little of your childhood with me and Terry. We were truly inseparable. Such wonderful memories. My deepest condolences to your family. God be with you. Peggy

Nancy Carroll-Kindree

November 13, 2020

Growing up in Cambridge, I counted Sparkie as a friend. We Preston friends had wonderful times together in our teen years. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family. Cherish the love you shared and all the happy memories. Nancy Carroll-Kindree

Dave Schmalz

November 12, 2020

Spark (brother) you will always be loved and missed by me ,I'm happy I told you I love you on Friday evening. Until we meet again!

Edgar Sterli

November 11, 2020

My thoughts and condolences are with the family during this difficult time, RIP Spark.

Betty Brohman

November 11, 2020

Our condolences to you and your Family. Big hug we are there for you. Love Betty and Mark

Doug Hillis

November 11, 2020

I met Spark some time ago. he was a genuine guy and told it like it was. Although we never rode together we crossed paths many times. We tipped a few when together. Spark rest in peace brother.

eunice kropf

November 11, 2020

Our condolences to you and your family. Ron and Eunice Kropf.

Denise Schmalz

November 11, 2020

You can now Rest In Peace! One day I hope you’ll be at the pearly gates to greet me💔


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