1937 ~ ENGEL ~ 2014

Posted: January 31st, 2014


Gerhard “Gerry” Engel passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at the age of 76 years, beloved spouse of Dorinda and loving father to son, Robert (Sheila) Engel, daughter, Cathy Engel, and step-son, Trevor Trainor. He also leaves behind a special niece, Alex Vachon and his godchild, Liz Unrau. Gerhard is survived by his siblings, Waldemar of Stade, Germany, Erwin of Prince George, BC, and Gerda (Ernie) Meston of Swift Current, SK; Dorinda’s parents, Louis and Mary Trainor of Summerside, PEI; brothers-in-law, George (Marg) and St. Clair of Medicine Hat; sister-in-law, Sheila of Summerside; and niece, Jillian of Charlottetown, PEI; the mother of Robert and Cathy, Carol McIvor; numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and Germany; and his dog and special friend, Molly. Gerhard was predeceased by his parents, Wilhelm and Elsa Engel; his son, David; his son-in-law, Eric Kochie; his sister, Hildegard; and his sister-in-law, Eunice Trainor. Born on August 26th, 1937 in Bessarabia, Romania, Gerhard moved to Canada with his parents and siblings in 1954, eventually settling in Redcliff. After working at Buick & Coal, Dominion Glass, and Press Brick, he began his long-term employment with the Goodyear plant in 1966, retiring in 1997. Family came first with Gerhard. His other loves were fishing, playing soccer, purchasing vehicles and restoring them. The family would like to thank all the staff at The Masterpiece for their exceptional care of Gerhard, especially Shelley, Sherry, Jesse, Denise and Kristin. At Gerhard’s request, there will be no funeral service. A Celebration of Gerhard’s Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Gerhard’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, 401D – 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0G8, or to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, #124, 430 – 6th Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2S8, or to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6, or to the ALS Society, #400, 320 – 23rd Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2S 0J2. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Gerhard Engel. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone (403)528-2599

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  1. patricia says:

    oh Dorinda
    I am so sorry to hear of your best friend Gerhard you both we such a well a lovely couple I was so very fond of you both it will be quite a void in your life. I will be in contact with you when we return home.
    Do take care Pat Hannay

  2. Liz says:

    Dorie and family I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Gerry. I will remember him fondly. He had a special place in my heart. Take care.
    Liz

  3. Dawn says:

    Our most heartfelt condolences. May you find comfort in the Almighty God’s promise of everlasting life, an eternity with loved ones never having to part ( John 3:16)
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dawn.

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