August 20, 1927 – April 14, 2021
Our beloved Dad and Opa slipped peacefully out of this life into the next. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Eva (Schlutt) and all of his siblings (George, Elisabeth, Heinrich, Stefan, Daniel, Hans and Peter); he was the last of that generation. Adam will be lovingly remembered by his three children, Norbert (Vicky) Maerz, Ruth (Ron) Horst and Dorothea (Ted) Blandford; his grandchildren, Thomas Maerz, Caralynn (Eder) Portillo, Cassandra (Abhinav) Goyal, Claudia Blandford, Nathan Horst, Jonathan Horst, Stephanie Blandford, Stefan Maerz, Michael (Jessica) Horst and Paul Blandford; and his great-grandchildren Ayrton, Alessandra, Aaliyah and Adrianna Portillo, and Norah Goyal.
Adam was born in 1927 in Bikal, Hungary and spent most of his childhood on the farm in Somogyszil, Hungary. At the age of 12 he was baptised into the Christian faith and it is this faith that sustained him to the end. On December 1, 1944, the Maerz family fled to Germany when the Russians invaded Hungary, arriving in Weissenback on December 13. Adam remained in Germany until 1951, when he set sail for Canada, becoming a Canadian citizen on August 22, 1972.
In 1955 he married Eva at the McDermott Avenue Baptist Church in Winnipeg, and in 1956, following the birth of Norbert, the little family moved to Hamilton, Ontario where they joined other family members, and where Ruth and Dorothea were subsequently born. They became members of the German Baptist Church which, with their extended family, became their community. Adam was very active in the church, supervising the building of an addition to the church, serving as Sunday School teacher, Deacon and Church Moderator, as well as singing in the men’s and mixed choirs.
Adam was a man of faith and family, but also a man with a strong work ethic, and an ingrained sense of right and wrong. He had a love of story-telling, music and adventure. He had a gentle kindness. He was a craftsman and builder who shared his talents with many. And, each of his grandchildren will attest, he ensured there were always second or even third helpings of ice-cream!
At the age of 80, subtle changes began to manifest in Adam; changes which led to a dark period for Adam and Eva. Over his remaining 13 years, Adam progressively began to lose his memories – at first just recent memories, like what he’d had for breakfast, but finally even the old memories that made up the core of who he was. Yet, despite this, his sadness and confusion, he didn’t lose himself, his faith, his sense of humour, his kindness or his love of music. To the very end, his toes would tap to the sound of the music he loved – including the music that was the voice of his daughter, Ruth.
“For He has not despised or distained the suffering of the afflicted one; He has not hidden His face from him but has listened to his cry for help.” (Psalm 22:24)
Dad, Opa – you will be missed.
With gratitude to the caring staff on Oak Lane at Wentworth Lodge, and to Hildegard Walter, Walter Schroeder and Debbie Whatmough who spent so much time with Dad. Words cannot express our appreciation for your kindness to our dad.
Private Graveside Service
Monday, April 19, 2021
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April 21, 2021
Norbert, Ruth, and Dorothea
It is with deep sadness that we learned of your Dad's passing.
What a remarkable person he was; hard-working and pleasant, always welcoming and ready to help others. He was a shining example of how to live a good and full life.
We fondly remember the times we were able to get together with your Dad and his dear wife Eva. And they were very special to our mother, Clara Fuchs, who looked forward so much to their many visits and the sharing of precious moments and memories.
From the Fuchs family to you, we extend our sincerest condolences on the loss of your Dad, and may he rest in Peace.
MARY and Jim, VAL and Judy, JOHN and Kathy
April 20, 2021
Dear Norbert, Vicky, Ruth, Ron, Dorothea, Ted & Families,
So sorry to hear about the passing of such a wonderful man. He was always so kind, caring and welcoming and a faithful servant to God and his fellow men.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Ron, Kayleen, Joanne, Michelle, James and Jackson
April 19, 2021
My dear Nephew and nieces. My deepest sympathies on the passing of your Dad. My wish would be that I could give you all a big bear hug, as human touch conveys much more than any words could say. I am so thankful that your Dad was a part of our Family, living his faith till the end while he was able, helpful to my Sister Mom and Dad , and to my family when and where needed. I am thankful that he maintained his love for our Lord in good times and in hard times, plus the love for his family. I know that we will meet and communicate with him and each other some day in God's loving presence. I thank God that his trials are over.
Betty & Art Klukas
April 19, 2021
Dear Norbert, Vicky, Ruth, Ron, Dorothea, Ted & Family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your Dad/Opa. He was such a kind, gentle, loving and godly man. We have many fond memories of him and of your Mom/Oma. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God comfort you with His presence and fill you with His peace.
With much love, your extended family in Alberta
H Daniel Maerz
April 18, 2021
He ran his race faithfully till the end. He was received in heaven with the words of our Master, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness."
April 18, 2021
Our condolences to the entire family. His family was a great part of my upbringing at the German Baptist Church. Blessings to you all!