SCHNEIDER, John Our dad John Schneider, born September 09, 1929, passed away peacefully on August 28th after a long struggle with cancer. He is survived by his daughter Iris and husband Brian, his son Tom and wife Jody, grandchildren, Mark, Amber, Laurel, and Jocelyn, and great grandson Lawrence. Dad was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Gisela Schneider, in 2005. Mom was the love of his life. They married March 1st, 1952 in Essen-Werden, Germany and had a long and happy union. Mom and Dad immigrated to Canada from Germany in July 1956 to start a new life and raise their family. They lived first in Vancouver and then bought their first home in Surrey. Dad later built two homes for the family, one in Surrey and years later one in Maple Ridge. Dad was an electrical technologist and worked for FPE, Cullen Detroit Diesel and finally Finning Tractor until he retired. In his job Dad was mostly involved in generator control switchgear for hospitals, mines, hydro dams and other industrial applications. Mom and Dad loved to travel and had been all across Canada and the western USA with their trusty little pick-up and trailer. Mom and Dad's shared love of roses and travel also took them on many other adventures. They attended rose conventions, toured gardens and made many friends from around the world. After Mom's death Dad attended the World Rose Convention in Japan. Despite his illness Dad was also able to attend the World Rose Convention in Vancouver in 2009. Dad lived at Menno Hospital in Abbotsford, BC since January 2009. The staff remember Dad for his positive outlook and remarked on him being a true gentlemen. Dad was a kind hearted, generous person who liked to keep busy with woodworking projects and gardening. He will be truly missed.The family would like to thank the wonderful staff and volunteers at Menno Hospital for their dedicated care and support. Private family service.
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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Sept. 8, 2010