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ANTON, Andrew

1926-Karlsruhe, Ukraine
2013 –Calgary, Alberta

Andrew Anton, cherished father and Opa, passed away on August 16, 2013 at the age of 87 years.

As a young man Andrew overcame overwhelming losses and challenges through hard work and strength of character. He was born in Karlsruhe, Ukraine on March 23, 1926. His childhood was taken from him by political persecution in the Soviet Union and the Second World War. He was forcibly separated from his family, conscripted into military service while still a boy and eventually imprisoned in Siberia. Andrew was able to escape to West Germany after the war. He came to Canada in 1951 and met his future wife Matilde while travelling to Canada. They married in 1953 and began their new life in Calgary, Alberta.

He was devoted to his family and unfailingly placed their needs ahead of his own. He faced many health challenges during the past few years but always showed quiet dignity, never complained and demonstrated kindness and compassion to all he met.

Andrew lived a full and active life. He loved nothing more than spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an energetic man who loved the outdoors and spent many happy hours camping, fishing and boating. He was a skilled craftsman who always seemed to find time for a project and relished creating for his children and grandchildren. He was a master gardener and the beautiful gardens he nurtured will give us a joyful legacy for many years to come.

He will be profoundly missed and lovingly remembered by his children Andy (Karen), Hilda (Ken) and Hubert (Jacqueline) and his grandchildren Nathan, Joshua, Logan, Michael, Scott, Evan and Amy (Ryan).

Andrew was predeceased by his wife, Matilde Anton (Weger).

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Boniface Catholic Church (1923 Broadview Road N.W.) on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Boniface Catholic Church (1923 Broadview Road N.W.) on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11 a.m. The family thanks Ms. Evangline Rivera for the loving and competent care she has provided to Andrew during the last five years. The family also thanks the doctors and nursing staff at the Tom Baker Multiple Myeloma Clinic for their compassionate care. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Tom Baker Multiple Myeloma Clinic, 1331 29th Street N.W. Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3723. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Andrew Anton, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. June Ballantyne :

    Sincere sympathy on the passing of your Dad and Opa. I know the many, many fond memories you share will keep him close in your hearts forever.

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  2. Vaughn and Hilda Keenan :

    Thinking of you during this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers

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  3. So sorry for your loss. I know how difficult it is to lose your father ( & Opa). Know that now he is in a better place.

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  4. Fred and Sarah Hyland :

    Sorry about the loss of your Father, Opa and dear friend. Fred and I send our deepest sympathies

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  5. Richard & Edna Trombinski :

    From the first time we met Andrew in the 1970’s and after that at family social occasions, we always liked him and admired him. He was jovial, full of good humour, caring and honest. The world will be a sad place without him.
    To his children and extended family we offer our sincere condolences and our prayers are with you all at this sad time.
    You were blessed to have such a fine father and upright opa. May all your great memories sustain you at this time.

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  6. May and Max Keats :

    We are saddened to hear about your loss. We have fond memories of Andrew and we will certainly miss him on our visits to Calgary. We share your grief at this time with deepest sympathy.

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  7. Jacquelyn Renner :

    On behalf of the Renner clan, so sorry to hear of your loss. We should have met, but alas time ran out. We lost Andrew’s cousins, my Aunts Emma in her 80’s and Madeline at 92 this summer, two last remaining daughters of Rochus and Ottilia (Ebenal) Renner, who was a daughter of Veronica (Anton) Ebenal sometimes listed in places as Veronica Lee Anton. We only have one precious uncle from that generation left. John. God bless.

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  8. Maria ( Anton ) & Roman Schumacher :

    Liebe Familie Anton, lieber Huber, Hilda und Andy. herzliches Beileid zum Tode vom Onkel Andreas. Wir haben es erst heute erfahren. Leider konnten wir die letzte zeit nicht mehr mit ihm telefonieren. Wir werden ihn vermissen. Auch herzliches Beileid von dem Ganzen Anton Clan in Deutschland. Alles Gute. In tiefster Trauer Roman und Maria Schumacher
    15.10.13

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  9. Friedrich, Waldemar and Eugen Anton from Germany :

    We are very sad to hear about this loss, our grandpa/father used to phone with Andrew sometimes. They had long conversations about their “earlier” life in the Ukraine.
    He grieves for his uncle, they both were born in Karlsruhe, Ukraine.

    With our deepest sympathy

    Friedrich Anton
    and his two sons
    Eugen Anton (with family. His wife Marina and his two children Wilina and Devin)
    Waldemar Anton (with family: His wife Anna and his three children Johannes, Eva and Markus)

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  10. Rosa Schlonski :

    Liebe Familie Anton, lieber Huber, Hilde und Andy
    Leider haben wir die Nachricht vom Tod meines Bruders erst spät erfahren.
    Da auch ich ( Efemia Anton > Schwester )die Trauer verspüre, obwohl der Kontakt in der Vergangenheit nur telefonisch war, kann ich allenfalls erahnen, wie groß und schmerzhaft Euer Verlust sein muss .
    Auch im Namen der Familie Rosa Schlonski, Katharina Popov ,Josef Zentner mit Kinder möchten wir tief empfundenes Beileid aussprechen.
    Wir werden Andrew in Gedanken stets in Ehren halten.
    Efemia Anton

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  11. Andreas, Hildegard, Eduard and Lilli Anton, Germany :

    We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your father and Opa and send our deepest sympathies. We will always remember Onkel Andreas as a fine, honest and optimistic man, as a very pleasant conversational partner. We share your pain, our thoughts are with you.

    Andreas Anton (nephew, Raphaels son) and his wife Hildegard;
    Eduard and Lilli Anton with children

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