February 9, 1927 – June 8, 2021
Albert Kaphengst February 9,1927 - June 8, 2021 (Sehlde, Germany) (Toronto, Ontario)
Albert certainly had a life well lived. He especially enjoyed working in the garden digging up plants, moving rocks, and pruning trees, in his ‘official’ gardening outfit of short shorts, a bandana, and his Road King wagon. When not gardening, Albert spent many hours corresponding to people across the world and listening to classical music. He enjoyed the arts and was himself artistic, turning his hand to woodworking, painting, and writing (a novella, “The Old Shoes,” and poetry). As a young man, he was a competition ballroom dancer and a bit player in German movies, one alongside Zsa Zsa Gabor. After trying his hand on the stage, he took up singing and met Elvis Presley. He then had a brief stint as a rock band manager. However, he soon realized that the arts did not pay well and so became a statistician at ACNielsen, which gave him the chance to use his logic. His early life, being trained as a glider pilot, gave him the plane spotting bug, along with his fascination for finding Orion in the night sky. Of all his achievements, Albert was especially proud becoming a Canadian. Albert will be missed by his lifelong partner, Roberta, and her daughter Vanessa. He leaves behind his sons, Andreas and Brian (Judith), and grandson, Samson. Predeceased by his sister, Edelgard, he leaves behind his sister, Annelotte, and nieces and nephew, Reinhild, Edelgard, Almut, Ulrike, and Hans Peter and their families. He also will be missed by family and friends across the world. Many thanks to the staff at Thompson House for their care and concern for Albert during his last years battling Alzheimer’s. Heartfelt gratitude as well to their vigorous protocols, which have kept everyone safe. The graveside funeral service is Monday, June 14, 1 pm at Pine Hills Cemetery, Scarborough. Social distancing rules apply. The service is being live streamed. For more information and those wishing to sign the book of condolence, please visit giffenmackdanforth.com.
Monday, June 14, 2021
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June 14, 2021
Good bye, father if my sons
Stuart von Wolff
June 14, 2021
Please accept my sincerest condolences at this very difficult time.
In diesen schweren Tagen möchte ich Ihnen mein herzliches Beileid bezeugen.
Stuart von Wolff
Ulrike Dorothea Brandt
June 13, 2021
My mother Annelotte, née Kaphengst, and I sit in the garden in Rostock (Germany) under the big apple tree and think of Hans-Albert. My mother's brother often climbed this old, gnarled tree. This is where the love for the garden, the plants and nature was definitely born. I know from stories from my mother that the three siblings Hans-Albert, Annelotte and Edelgard played on the street with the children in the neighborhood, liked to dress up when they were supposed to sleep and imitate "people from foreign countries".
Hans-Albert's childhood dream came true. He really moved to a strange, far away country, where he must have been very happy.
His favorite color was yellow, that's what my mother keeps telling me.
The blossoms of the old apple tree spread in the wind. The leaves are now green and form a protective roof. The apples will come in the fall. Everything is changing.
Hans-Alber's life is now finished.
Where will the next trip go?
May you be preserved and blessed.
Your sister Annelotte and Ulrike Dorothea
June 12, 2021
Thank you, dear uncle Albert, for two wonderful stays in Canada, in the early nineties. Roberta and you showed me a lot of places of interest. We both took at least a thousand photos and I´m really happy, that I got to know the country, where you found your new home. I like to think back to the time and I will always remember it fondly. Your visit to Eberswalde, is always associated with Chtisto´s veiled Reichstag building.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roberta and Vanessa very much for taking great care of Albert. Thank you so much.
Rest in peace.
Hal and Sue Botnick
June 12, 2021
Thank you for the memories, Albert, we have many fond ones, not the least of which is when we all emigrated together to Canada on that old rust bucket, the Hermann Russ, back in 1968 (where has the time gone...). You built a good life and will be missed by many. Rest in peace.