STAHAN, Dieter - Peacefully surrounded by love on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at The Dorothy Ley Hospice, Etobicoke, after a short but courageous and dignified battle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in his 38th year. Loving husband and best friend to Heather. Dearly missed by sister Dorothy (Raina and Raiden). Dear nephew of his Tante Liesel in Germany. Lovingly remembered by his mother- in-law/caregiver Sandra. Fondly remembered by Gary, Emily (Molly and Gordon), Jim and Karen. Predeceased and welcomed with love by his parents Inge and Brian Stahan of Kitchener. ALS is still one of the most misunderstood and underfunded neurological diseases of our time. So that Dieter's struggle was not in vain, he has asked you to send e-mails to your local Member of Parliament demanding the government begin funding ALS research. Dieter also asks that ALS be deemed a complex care disease so that home care agencies (CCAC, etc.) will provide more advanced in- home caregiver support hours earlier in the disease stages without clients and families having to fight every step of the way for help. A big thank you for the compassionate care provided by The Dorothy Ley Hospice palliative care team. Dieter's final days were blessed with grace and warmth at this beautiful homelike setting. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 2 p.m. until time of funeral service in the chapel at 3 p.m. Private family interment at Norwood-Asphodel Cemetery at a later date. Donations to The Dorothy Ley Hospice and St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program would be greatly appreciated by Dieter and family.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Apr. 22, 2014