Otto Friedenreich died peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Otto was born in Brasov, Romania on August 14, 1927 where his Belgian parents lived as expatriates. He left Romania at age eleven to attend boarding school in Switzerland where he lived until he completed his doctorate in geophysics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. It was in Zurich where he met Doris and they were married in 1957 and immigrated to Calgary in 1959 where Otto began his career with Shell Canada as an exploration geophysicist. After retiring from Shell in 1986, Otto enjoyed working as a consultant for many years in several international locations. During these latter years, he and Doris travelled throughout the world and returned frequently to Europe to visit family and friends. Otto was a kind, gentle man who appreciated most being with his family in some favourite locations in the Rockies, listening to classical music, photography and hiking. He was a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather who will be greatly missed by all those whose lives were touched by him.
Otto is survived by his loving wife Doris (nee Jenny), his daughters Christine (Steven Kennett) of Calgary and Annette (Franki Gestel) of Toronto; two granddaughters Louisa and Juliane Kennett, and his sister Elisabeth Gepts-Friedenreich of Antwerp, Belgium.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Otto Friedenreich, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences