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KUNTZ, FREDERIK 1925-2021 On April 24, 2021, Frederik Kuntz passed peacefully, at age 95, surrounded by family and the caring staff of Grace Manor, at Holland Christian Homes in Brampton. Dearly loved by his wife of 70 years, Idalina ("Ina"), nee Kooi; children Christina Vermeer (John), Reinder Kuntz (Johanna), J. Fred Kuntz (Liz), Angela Tamminga (Ed); grandchildren Alina, Fred, Jimmy, Michael, Julia, Jillian, Robbie, Ashley (and Lindsay, whom he joins in Heaven); and great-grandchildren Sarah, Angelina, Christopher, Wendy, Cohen, Tristan, Dylan, Sophia and Willa. Also missed by cat Molly. Fred was born in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands, on December 27, 1925, the second of eight children, and is survived by sister Freda Smouter (Bill). A teenager during Nazi occupation in World War II, he risked his life as a secret courier in the Resistance, talking his way past German patrols while carrying messages in his shoes. After the Liberation of the Netherlands by the First Canadian Army, Fred studied physics and mathematics at the Free University in Amsterdam, until he was called to serve four years in the Dutch military. With an honourable discharge as First Lieutenant in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, he remained a lifelong proud veteran of the Technical Services. He married Ina in 1950, moved to Baarn, in Utrecht, and started Frits Kuntz Printing. Immigrating to Canada in 1952 with Ina and their first of four children, Fred began work the morning he arrived, at Reid Press in Hamilton. Within a year, with $900 down, he bought a house on Mohawk Road, where he opened a Dutch bookstore and printing company, starting with a hand-cranked press and, in 1953, his first Heidelberg press. The family moved in 1960 to Etobicoke, where Fred and a partner launched KaVee Press in Rexdale, employing 10 people. A hard worker, loyal husband and sometimes stern father, with bursts of humour and fun, Fred was foremost a man of faith: an elder in the Christian Reformed Church, he prayed at meals, read chapters of the Bible aloud at dinner's end and sought God's guidance day to day. He sent the kids to public school. He loved fishing, camping and steak barbecues, enjoyed a game of Klaverjassen with a glass of Jenever, collected stamps, fossils, Florida seashells and other odd bits, followed Toronto baseball and hockey, usually voted conservative but subscribed to The Toronto Star, saved prudently but lost a bit on Nortel, donated blood regularly to the Red Cross, and took the family to Disney movies, Sunnyside pool, the McMichael gallery, provincial parks and on other adventures. He wasn't the best driver. He enjoyed classical organ, read spy novels, murder mysteries and books about UFOs, learned computer programming in night school, methodically traced centuries of family genealogy, curated his and Ina's travels in brilliant albums, and completed crosswords in two languages with perfect penmanship. He was a skilled graphic artist and talented landscape artist in oil, pastel and watercolour. After selling the printing business in the 1970s, Fred ran his own commercial art studio, then joined Canadian Standards Association as Manager of Public Relations, eventually retiring as Director of Operations, Standards Division. He applied to the Immigration and Refugee Board in 1989, citing familiarity with the law – he had helped scores of Dutch and Vietnamese come to Canada (and many of the nearly 150 "boat people" he'd sponsored stayed in touch). In his mid-60s, he was appointed an IRB Member, adjudicating refugee claims with compassion and fairness for five years; his decisions invariably stood on appeal. Following his second retirement, Fred and Ina moved to Tollendale Village in Barrie in 2004, making many friends there, then Brampton in 2018. Strong as an ox in manhood, in later years Fred survived two bouts of cancer, diabetes, a heart attack and other ailments with stoicism, and successfully evaded the COVID-19 pandemic despite outbreaks of the virus at his long-term care facility. Engaged and witty to the end, and professing his lifelong love for Ina, "the prettiest girl here," he simply succumbed to old age. He was unafraid of death, believing in Jesus Christ as his Saviour, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Somewhere up there, he's getting to know all the angels by name; they call him "Freddy." He's enjoying a rum and Coke, the bass are biting, and the Jays and Leafs are winning. __________ Due to current provincial restrictions on gatherings, a private service will be held for immediate family members only. In lieu of flowers, a donation is welcome in Frederik Kuntz's name to either the Canadian Red Cross or the MS Society of Canada.

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Published in Toronto Star on May 1, 2021.
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May 2, 2021
Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of Opa Fred's passing. Our hearts are with Oma and your family during these times. Opa was an extraordinary man, I knew him as Opa (Grandpa) as he was there for me and my family when my parents immigrated to Canada. He was apart of our family. Shared many milestones with us like birthdays, my mom's first job at CSA, even taking her to get her drivers license, which she passed, all because of him. He even gave me and many of my family members english names. Opa was caring, kind and thoughtful. He brought me to a lot of firsts like taking me to the theatre to watch 101 Dalmatians, the circus and getting me started on stamp collecting. I loved getting many postcards from Opa & Oma when they went to Myrtle Beach. He always remembered birthdays, made family trees and knew the sound of my mom's voice just when she called to say hello or Happy Birthday.

Opa's was genuine and kind hearted. If we even have an ounce of what he shared with us, it will fulfill us for a lifetime.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we are thinking of you all.

Le Phuong (Yvonne), Hai, Flora Thai.

The Ha Family would also like to send their deepest condolences.
Flora Thai
May 2, 2021
Fred Kuntz, Opa as we called him, was the most sincere, caring and honest person I have encountered. As one of the “boat people” arriving in Canada as a refugee in the 80s, Opa helped me and countless others land our first real opportunity for work at CSA. I am forever grateful for his selflessness in helping my entire family through the years and cherish all the memories, including the many visits we had after his retirement. My sincere condolences to Ina and Fred’s family, my prayers are with you. Opa, may you Rest In Peace.
Joanne Tran
May 1, 2021
I’m deeply sadden to hear of the passing of a great man, whom I fondly call as “Uncle Fred.” My family and I were “boat people” that his church had sponsored. He and his church group help set my family up with jobs and schooling. As a young refugee child, I will always cherish all the first experiences he gave to my brother and I. For example, taking us to Disney movies and our first live Leafs games! Also he was the one who gave me my English name.
Thank you Uncle Fred, your kindness will always stay with me! My deepest condolences to Aunt Ina, and the rest of the Kuntz family. Rest In Peace Uncle Fred.

With great fondness,
Bonnie (Boi Tran) Ha
Bonnie Ha
May 1, 2021
I remember Fred Kuntz as the kindest, helpful and most genuine person I know. He was so kind, caring and helpful to my family and I when we first immigrated to Canada in the 1980’s. I am forever grateful to him for all that he has done for my family and I. I will forever keep him in my heart and memory. He will always be my Opa. My sincere condolences goes out to Fred’s family and my prayers and thoughts are with you. Fred Kuntz, may you Rest In Peace.
Love, Julie Ha
Julie Ha
May 1, 2021
A lovely obiturary. I had the good fortune to work with Yvonne Ha, one of those boat people that Fred sponsored, at CSA. She was so grateful for Fred. I had no idea that he sponsored that many. What an impressive legacy.
Jeanne Bank
May 1, 2021
We really enjoyed having him as part of our faith group at RFCRC. He always had a lot of interesting stories to tell and had a good sense of humour.
May 1, 2021
Condolences to Fred and the rest of the Family.
I’m so glad that I stopped to read your Dad’s obit.
So lovingly crafted and so well remembered.
What a complete life!
We should all be so fortunate as to have contributed to the lives of others, so unselfishly.
Dave Ross
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