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SCHMIDT, Milton Frederick
Was born at home in Chesley, Bruce County, to Bertha (Pufahl) and Henry A. Schmidt on April 20, 1919. He passed away peacefully and with dignity, following a brief illness at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, on October 16, 2013. He was predeceased by his wife Clara (2005) and his siblings, John, Violet, Pearl and Eldon. He is survived by his daughters, Susan Schmidt of Ottawa, Shirley (Stephen) Willing of Windsor, and Sally (Richard) Phillips of Ottawa; his step-daughter, Heidi (Paul) Greb of Ayr; 9 grandchildren, 2 great- grandsons, cousins, nieces and nephews. Our dad grew up during the Great Depression and was no stranger to hard work or penny- pinching. As a young man, he worked in the gold mines at Kirkland Lake, the furniture factories of the Bruce, and Canada's Merchant Marine sailing the Great Lakes. When WW II broke out, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving 4 years in escort convoy duty across the North Atlantic. He was at Juno Beach on D Day. After the war, he joined Canadian National Railroad, retiring as an engineer. He then went on to a career in sales. He was very proud to have built a travel trailer and to hold a patent on its design. He enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling across Canada, being independent, and having lunch at Angel's Diner on Highland. He was a Mason and a Lifetime Member of Waterloo RCL Branch 530. We appreciate the excellent home care he received from the "Vet's Nurse" Joanne Cotroneo, R. N. We wish to thank everyone on the 5th and 7th floors at St. Mary's, for the compassion they shared, not only with our father but also with us. He was tall and strong to the end. According to our father's wishes, cremation has taken place. An interment service will be held at a later date at the Hanover Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the
Henry Walser Funeral Home,
Please call 519-749-8467
for details.
Rest in peace Dad, you've earned it.

Published in The Windsor Star on Oct. 26, 2013
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