Andreas “Andy” Peinhaupt

November 12, 1933 – January 5, 2014

Dad was born in Zeutschach, Austria. The youngest in a family of 5 children, he endured many hardships growing up in postwar Austria. At the age of 14, he left home to learn a trade. That trade was cabinetry which gave him the skills to later provide for his own family.

In 1957, he embarked on a great adventure to Canada and settled in Clearbrook, BC as he had a sister and her family living there. He arrived with 60 cents in his pocket and no ability to speak or understand English. Dad’s first comedy of errors came when he tried to buy a package of cigarettes and ended up being served a piece of blueberry pie! Thankfully things went uphill from there. He found work in a window factory and worked hard for 3 years. In 1960, he returned to Austria because his mother was very ill. During his time at home, dad met the love of his life and married our mom, Margaret Wallner on March 17, 1962. Dad always wanted a better life for his new bride and now one daughter, so in 1963, they immigrated to Canada. The family grew with the addition of three sons and soon we were a family of 6. Dad treasured his family and did his utmost to provide us with the things he never had. There was always food on the table, the bills were always paid and no matter how lean things got, his generous heart made sure there was a little left over to bless someone who was less fortunate.

In 1973, we moved from Abbotsford, BC to Vernon, BC. Dad continued doing carpentry and worked for the School District. Due to major health issues, dad was forced to quit working at the age of 45. That did not mean he sat around feeling sorry for himself though. For quite a few years you would find him in the garage fixing lawn mowers, and then practically giving them away knowing he was helping someone out. Later he returned to his first love of woodwork and he could be found at the Farmers Market selling his creations. He donated many items to Vernon Hospice House and King’s Christian School in Salmon Arm for their fundraising events. He also gave many items to friends and family just for the sheer joy of giving. Even though dad had a difficult time with his health, he always welcomed friends and neighbours in for a homemade beer or wine. Dad was never too busy to visit.

We were fortunate to celebrate dad’s 80th birthday on November 12, 2013 at home despite his deteriorating health. He did however, needed to be hospitalized for his medical issues on November 28. His health declined rapidly, but even during his last days dad would especially light up seeing his 6 month old great grandson. Dad was blessed with 1 great grandson: Carson; 7 grandchildren: Stephanie (Nathan), Caitlin, Tracey (Jesse), Eric, Trevor, Taylor & Austin; 1 daughter: Ingrid (Jim); 3 sons: Joe (Wanda), Ed & Rudy. Dad’s condition prevented him from knowing that his eldest son, Joe, passed away suddenly on December 22, 2013 at the age of 49. Exactly two weeks later, mom, the love of dad’s life for over 50 years, was by his side when he passed away – Her final act of love and devotion.

Dad’s journey is done here. He had a difficult life, but Canada was a place of opportunity for him and in so many ways it was a good life. Dad’s passing leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family and all who knew him. We will miss him so much. Dad was never one to be the centre of attention, so an informal gathering of family and friends will take place sometime in the spring to honour and commemorate his life.

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