Hans Nettesheim, 86, of Toronto passed away in his home August 20, 2014 of a heart attack during his short battle with cancer. He was born in Colgne, Germany, February 9, 1928 and raised along with his older brother Adolf (Ady) by a single parent Heinrich Nettesheim. He met his future wife Evelyne (Evy) at age 14 while working as a window dresser in a department store. Hans and Evy were married in 1951 and immigrated to Canada in 1955. Upon coming to Canada, Hans was first employed in the gold mining industry in Northern Ontario. Shortly thereafter, he entered the construction industry in Toronto. With his many friends and colleagues at Niagara Mechanical Contractors and Local 46 of the Steamfitters Union, Hans was responsible for supervising the installation of heating and ventilation systems of several major office buildings in downtown Toronto. The 72-story First Canadian Place on King Street was his favourite project. After retiring in 1989, Hans and Evy spent many years travelling the world and later on spending their winters in Florida. Hans is survived by his wife of 63 years, Evy, his only son Hans Josef (Henjo), daughter-in-law Debbie and two grandchildren, Katy and Carly all living in Calgary and his sister-in-law Margaret of Toronto. He will be greatly missed but the memories live on - particularly his patience, sensitivity, and generosity demonstrated in too many ways to mention. As was his wish, Hans did not have a formal service, rather a small gathering of immediate family to say their final good-byes. In his battle with cancer, he would have been happy that he left this earth quickly. May he rest in peace.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Aug. 27, 2014