SCHACHT, Gerard (Gerhard) Hermann It is with heavy hearts that the family of Gerard (Gerhard) Hermann Schacht announce his passing January 14th, 2013 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, B.C. at the age of 72 years. Gerard was born on April 7, 1940 in West Germany. In his early adult years Gerard pursued the study of economics, however, he quickly discovered that he could not spend his days inside an office. As such, he apprenticed in landscape design and construction in Geneva, Switzerland, and following this decided to immigrate to Canada. He moved to Toronto, Ontario in the early 1960s. His career of over 45 years in landscaping took him across the country, through Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and finally to Victoria, B.C. Gerard was an extremely dedicated businessman whose work ethic and ability to solve problems on the job were second to none. He had high expectations of all who worked with him, but always treated everyone in a fair manner. He was extremely skilled at his trade, an expert not only in landscape design and construction, but also in stone masonry and carpentry. He possessed a good knowledge of trees and shrubs and used them effectively to create beautiful gardens. Gerard's passion was his business and he worked until his very last day. He maintained that the secret to life is in loving one's work. Gerard was an avid reader, a superior mathematician and had a vast knowledge of world affairs. He could speak and read several languages, at one time had a pilot's license, was an accomplished ballroom dancer and in his early years went on many bicycle trips across Europe with his late brother Willie. He was a strong and kind man, and a shining example of the simple adage: "We mustn't weaken." Gerard was predeceased by his parents Hermann and Elizabeth, and his brother Willie. He is survived by his dedicated wife of 17 years, Sawfung, her children Mark and Stephanie, his daughter Kim (Mark) Lees, grandchildren Holden and Alice, and relatives in Germany: sister Hannelore Haas, brother Hermann Schacht and their families, as well as the family of Willie Schacht. The family would like to thank the staff of the Victoria Royal Jubilee Hospital. A private family memorial will be held to celebrate Gerard's life.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Jan. 25, 2013