March 26, 1933 – September 9, 2019
With profound sadness we announce the passing of Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Wittemeier, our loving husband, father, and friend to all whose lives he touched, on September 9th, 2019. He left us peacefully at Scarborough General Hospital after a long illness. He was in his 86th year. He was the cherished husband of Eva, whom he was married to for over 60 years, beloved father of Martin (Bettina) and Jürgen (Lori), and proud Opa of Stephanie, Alexandra, Christian, Katerina, and Caitlin. Dear brother of Helga Schnepel (Heinz), and Friedrich Wittemeier (Margret). Remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Born in Hille, Germany, he emigrated with his wife and sons to Canada over 50 years ago. Wilhelm lived a full life as a wonderful father who loved to travel with his family and friends. He loved joking and being the life of the party, he loved to cook, and he was a skilled singer who enjoyed being part of many choirs throughout the years. A farm boy at heart, gardening was also his passion. Most of all, Wilhelm loved his family and instilled in his sons strong values that have served them well. He will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
A celebration of Wilhelm’s life will be held at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 20 Old Kingston Rd, Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow. Donations to Epiphany Lutheran Church in Wilhelm's memory are welcome.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.giffenmackscarborough.com for the WITTEMEIER family.
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 14, 2019
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September 13, 2019
When Jurgen and I were young bucks I recall going to his house for the first time one weekend afternoon and his father inviting me in for their regular afternoon tea and sweets. How could I resist. While Mrs. Wittemeier was preparing, he seated me down at the kitchen table and began to converse. If you didn't know their kitchen table back then there is a corner seat on a bench that blocks you in when people are seated and you can't get out, that was my designated spot. I started to sweat a little thinking 'am I going to hear a lecture?' being the young person that I was. I was actually surprised how much he enjoyed speaking with us, sharing his wealth of knowledge and would listen to anything we had to say. By coincidence, I recall showing up for afternoon tea several other times in the years to come and I can't recall if Jurgen was there or not….
Mr. Wittemeier was a very thoughtful and pleasant man and I'm sure he will be missed.
September 12, 2019
I am still far away in Ireland when I heard the sad news of Wilhelm ‘s death. We
only knew him few years but we’re impressed by his friendship, positive attitude, good humour, strong ties to family and community and not least his singing. Inge and I send our love and support to Eva and family. He was a.
model to us all. May he Rest In Peace.