EISELE, Herman B.Com., C.G.A.

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“A lover of nature, kind and generous, Herman marched to the beat of his own drum. He was a gentleman, in the almost extinct sense of the word, one who could show flashes of impish humour. His many animal and human friends will miss him.”  ~ Chris Scott

“I met Herman about 3 years ago. I found him to be a very kind person also very smart in the medical world as he had made a study on nutrition and different foods and their values to the human body. I also found out that he had a library of thousands of copies of the working of nutritious foods etc. on the body. He practiced what he preached, that was for sure. For his age of 87 years old had to be about the best fit person for his age. He went for a walk every morning, running, sprints, running backwards. He sure was a fine model for old people. He had the body of a 50 year old. It was too bad he had to die from a car accident. I called him a friend.”  ~ Dave Gerhart

“I first met Herman shortly after he moved to St. Joseph Island, when a friend of mine, Chris Scott, a neighbour of Herman’s, introduced us. Over the years we developed a warm relationship, one that I highly valued. Herman was a generous and thoughtful man, and his death leaves a void in my life and in the lives of all his friends. We will miss him, but we will cherish our memories of him.”   ~ Constance Plexman

“One of a kind, Herman Eisel was born in Germany, later to reside in Canada. Well known to us in the poker world from Soo Ontario, Detroit to Las Vegas, Nevada as the “Herminator”. Young and old, everyone loved to have Herman at their table. If he wasn’t visiting with one of his many friends, he would be studying his poker books or reading through his notes; plotting how to take your chips or take you out of a tournament with a smile on his face. A life cut short. With so much energy, stubborn attitude and a heart of gold, one of his life goals was to live to be 120. He will be greatly missed. Thank you for giving me 20 great years of friendship.”   ~ Larry and Candy Wood

“My friendship with Herman began about fifteen years ago. We were introduced by his neighbor and our friend, Chris Scott. It didn’t take long to determine that Herman’s personality and life style were, if not unusual, at least unique. He lived in Hamburg during the ‘Allied Fire Bombing’ and was witness to scenes, of death and destruction, the stuff of which nightmares are made. It’s no wonder that his childhood in Germany strongly tempered his persona. He was a confirmed skeptic, dogmatic in his beliefs, impervious to criticism and though almost never accepting advice was always quick to give it. Herman got to know my wife and most of my family and between them there evolved a strong affection. We spoke by phone two or three times a week, and when at home on the Island, we frequently visited each other. News of his sudden demise both shocked and saddened all of us. Personally, I will deeply miss him. Herman loved nature and all animals, be they wild or domestic. His nutritional approach was bizarre, but he believed it would spare him the ravages of old age. He lived a Spartan almost hermetic life style, yet he enjoyed the company of his few friends. He was a gracious host with a continental flair. It can truly be said of Herman that he marched to the beat of his own special drum.”   ~  Andy DeTolve

“Many chats with our neighbour Herman on his early morning jogs on Trainor’s Side Rd. His chats where mostly about world issues. Will miss looking for the yellow safety vest.”
~ Bill and Cheryl Batman

“Herman came to Canada with a friend in 1955. When they landed in Halifax he was just about penniless. We all knew him as a man of varied experience and he spoke three languages, fluently. He was a man of letters. He was a brilliant, devoted student, an ardent reader, a persistent researcher yet he lived as an eccentric. We shared many perspectives. Our discussions ranged from: the environment, world events to animal cruelty, but the main focus was that of natural, holistic health. In that we held many authors in common. We considered him to be our personal chess master. He would proof-read our articles and make his comments and notes prior to our publishing them. He was our largest supporter. His comments and criticisms could be biased, but always valuable. He loved to come to Saturday night supper, so often, and later brought along his friend, Dave. We were introducing them to a ‘Blue-Zone’ cuisine so that Herman could meet his goal and live to 120 years.

Over the years, Herman has been the most frequent guest in our home, bar none. He has no family to speak of. Herman had adopted us and we adopted him. Herman’s friends were very few select and his death, for each of us, has been nearly overwhelming. A tragedy, some would say, that did not have to happen. Deep grief and then anger seemed to follow. Our hope and prayer and wish, for you, our friend, from all of us, is to rest in peace.”

Friends will gather, some time this summer as appropriate, and when travel restrictions are removed to celebrate Herman’s life so then to commemorate his ashes to the land.”
~ Ian and Sherry Hoover

Arrangements entrusted to Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre (942 Great Northern Rd, 705-945-7758). www.northwoodfuneral.com

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