Kurt Johan Wickert

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Kurt Johan Wickert, on August 26, 2005, at University Hospital in London, Ontario at the age of 85 years. Kurt was born in Kassel, Germany on February 16, 1920. He served with the German Navy during WWII, where he was taken as prisoner of war to a bush camp in Northern Ontario. During his brief stay in Canada, he fell in love with the beauty of the country and returned to Canada following the war. His future wife, Ruth, followed him to Canada and they were married in Kenora, Ontario in 1953, where they lived before moving to Kitchener, Ontario. Following the birth of their first child, daughter Susan, the family left Kitchener and moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario, where their second child, son Glenn, was born. Kurt worked at Abitibi Provincial Pulp & Paper Mill in Thunder Bay until his retirement in 1985. In 1990, Kurt and Ruth left Thunder Bay and moved to Vernon, British Columbia. Sadly their life together in Vernon was too short, as Kurt lost his wife Ruth in 1993, one day after their 40th wedding anniversary. Kurt remained in Vernon until 2003, when he moved to London, Ontario to be near his children. His final years were spent lovingly surrounded by his two children and three grandchildren. Kurt will be deeply missed by his daughter, Susan, in Cambridge, Ontario and son and daughter-in-law , Glenn and Yvette and grandchildren Jaylen, Jacob and Julia in London, Ontario. Kurt was predeceased by his wife Ruth in 1993 as well as his parents and sister in Germany. Kurt will also be lovingly remembered by many, many friends in Kitchener, Thunder Bay, Vernon and all across Canada, the USA and Germany. The family would like to thank the staff at Meadowcroft Place for their excellent care of Dad during his stay, and the nurses and staff of the 4th and 7th floors at University Hospital for their care and understanding during our difficult time. At Dad’s request, there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place and Dad will be laid to rest beside Mom, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, in Vernon, B.C. on October 1st, 2005. Graveside service only. The family would also like to thank London Cremation Services and Bethel Funeral Home in Vernon for their assistance and arrangements. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Kurt’s memory to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer Society of Canada.