Wendy Elliott and Tracy Deubel are heartbroken to announce the passing of our father, Werner (Vern) Kurt Deubel, who left us on February 7, a cold but bright afternoon following his final push to beat the odds. Anyone who knew dad was aware of his tenacity and remarkable ability to prove the naysayers wrong and continue to live independently and on his own terms.
He leaves behind his daughters, Wendy and Tracy who were honoured to be by his side in his final hours and provide whatever support he would begrudgingly allow us to provide.
He will be lovingly missed by his dear friend Linda, whom we are ever so grateful toward for helping us to keep him safe over the years, and for being a loving companion to our father. He will be missed by our mother, Bobbe, whom he maintained a kind and loving relationship with and his son in law John Elliott who was always able to support whatever dad’s needs were and share a laugh.
His beloved grandsons, Aiden and Kurtis will hold on to dad’s life lessons and advice through their lives. They have learned the value of perseverance, tolerance and sheer will to beat life’s obstacles.
He is also survived by his sister in law, Christina Deubel (late Don) and nephews Rob and Peter Deubel, in addition to Gail Nogalo (late Matt) and Paul.
He will be joining his mother, Anna Marie and father, Kurt Karl, brother Don (Dieter) and many friends, especially his dear friend Guenther. He told us before his passing that he was eager to see them again and assured us that he would say “hello” from us when he did.
Dad was born April 25, 1938 in Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1957 where he became the proudest Canadian! After working in outpost camps in Northern Ontario as a cook, he eventually found permanent employment at Algoma Steel and settled in Sault Ste. Marie. He married our mother in 1962 and raised his two daughters to be kind, strong and independent. He was a dedicated and hard working employee who instilled his incredible work ethic into his daughters. His truest passion was flying; his dreams realized when he purchased his beloved Aeronca Chief. He was able to enjoy several years of flying, and while he had to surrender his Pilot’s license after being diagnosed with diabetes, his passion lived on. After an early retirement, his focus turned to being a passenger as opposed to a pilot and he set out to see the world. Our father was proud to claim that he had visited every continent on Earth (with the exception of Antarctica because “Why would anyone want to go somewhere so cold?”). He traveled to countless countries and had endless adventures, which as one of the original travel bloggers, we are able to watch on dozens of video tapes. When he was unable to travel independently, we were blessed as a family to be able to go on many trips to warm destinations where the “sun was hot and the beer was cold”.
In his later years, as his health started to decline, he encountered challenges, which became hurdles, and eventually obstacles. He pushed through all of them, and while his stubbornness was often a source of frustration for his loved ones, we admired him for it as much as we shook our heads in defeat.
He told us that he wasn’t “scared of dying”; that it was “something new “and that he had “never been there before”.
He did it his way – always.
We would like to thank the many people involved in our dad’s care, especially Dr.
Dawson and Dr. Booth – you both exemplify kindness and compassion in your fields. To dad’s nurse Jessica on 3B, you are an asset to your profession, and we will always be grateful for your support. A special thanks to dad’s Harbourview community.
At dad’s request, there will be no service, and COVID restrictions permitting, we would like to raise a glass to dad in Celebration of his Life at a future time. Memorial donations may be made to Northern Critters in Need (payable by cheque).
Arrangements entrusted to O’Sullivan Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 215 St. James St, 705-759-8456.
You will never be forgotten Dad; we love you always.
And you lived.