MEYER, Hans August
November 17, 1928 - November 15, 2012
Hans passed away quietly in his sleep, in the familiar comfort of his own home, just before his 84th birthday. He was born in Germany, and immigrated adventurously via steamship across the Atlantic, then via train across Canada to Vancouver in 1955, followed by his fiance Marianna. He attended UBC to complete a degree in arts and science, and eventually became a taxi owner, operating cabs for the next 25 years until his retirement. Hans was a diamond in the rough, with a heart of gold. He was especially kind and helpful towards his neighbours, and had a particular compassion for those less fortunate than himself. He had a sharp intellect, loved facts and statistics, collected maxims and words of wisdom, enjoyed reading, and had a good sense of humour. He played piano, he loved to sing, and made delicious berry wine by the barrel. He was exceptionally athletic and in top physical condition well into his 70's, active as a cyclist, a runner, and a badminton player. He was an avid football fan and rarely missed a CFL or NFL game. He especially liked a good competitive game of bridge or skat or cribbage. He was a wonderful father and loved spending time with his family at home, as well as at the cottage in Point Roberts. An unfortunate stroke shortly after his 75th birthday slowed him down considerably. Life was never the same after that. His physical vitality and his memory capacity was compromised, dampening his spirits. After almost 84 years, his time had come, and he passed away peacefully. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years Marianna, his daughter Tanya, his son Pierre, (Cora), his grandchildren Graham, Michelle and Jeffrey, his twin sister Hanna, and his 6 other siblings, all of whom are still living in Germany. We cherish our memories of the unique and special man he was. We love him very much, and wish him peace and rest wherever he is now. Interment will take place to bury his ashes, followed by a gathering of family and friends at a later date.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from December 8 to December 9, 2012