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KIEFER, Gerhard Peter

October 25, 1930 – Orscholz, Germany
August 3, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father Gerhard (Gerry) Peter Kiefer peacefully at home with family at his side in Calgary on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the age of 83 years. A remarkable life has ended its journey on this earth.

Gerry was a dedicated family man who believed in hard work, honesty and integrity in all that he undertook. Gerry was a master carpenter by trade and had a real passion for woodwork.

Gerry immigrated from Germany to Canada in 1951 to work at Calgary Sash & Door. Gerry was the fourth employee at ATCO and became the Plant Manager in 1955. Gerry was appointed Vice President, Manufacturing in 1968 as ATCO grew. Gerry joined the ATCO Ltd. Board as a Director in 1970 and later became a member of the Audit committee.

Gerry served the Board and the Corporation with distinction in his capacity as a Director and as a Senior Officer of the Corporation by employing his considerable talents, business acumen and manufacturing expertise. Gerry retired in 1988 as a Director and Senior Vice President Manufacturing for ATCO Ltd. and would continue to serve the Corporation as a Consultant for a number of years. In his outstanding career with ATCO, Gerry would travel extensively to all corners of the globe and he took great pride in being referred to as one of the Builders of ATCO.

Deeply loved and remembered by his six children, Gerhard (Shelley), Ingrid (Christopher Eggertson), Karen, Siegfried (Colleen), Erhard (Ursula), and Walter (Beverley); and his ten grandchildren, Krystina (Geoff Hopfner), Nikolaus (Gianna Argento), Christopher, Carin, Stefan, Reegan, Dana, Paul, Garrett, and Brittney. Gerry is also survived by his sister Maria (Rudolf) Schwarz; brother Willi (Christel) Kiefer; and extended family in Orscholz, Germany.

Gerry was predeceased by his loving wife of forty-two years, Lydia.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Please join the family as we gather to celebrate Gerry’s life. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Gerry’s memory may be made directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818. The Kiefer family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. David Falk, Dr. Ronald Hons, Dr. P. Timothy Pollak, Dr. Jeremy DeBruyn, and the entire Palliative Care Team for their compassionate care.

In living memory of Gerhard Kiefer, 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.

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  1. Adam and Cynthia Medrek :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of sorrow.

    Adam, Cynthia, Caitlynne and Matthew

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  2. Toshimi & William Sembo :

    Mr. Kiefer’s legacy includes his wonderful children and grandchildren. While he was a quiet man, there was a ever presence of wisdom and good humour. Our condolences to the extended Kiefer family.

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  3. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. He has left his journey on earth to join his beloved Lydia on a new journey.

    His legacy lives on in his six children and all of his grandchildren.

    Love and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

    Lori and Dave

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  4. Mark Johnston :

    My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the family for the loss of “Opa”. He was a man of few words but many accomplishments and achievements. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy and led a truly wonderful life. He will be greatly missed.

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  5. Bernard Anderson :

    Deepest condolences Dr. Kiefer.

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  6. Rose Johnson :

    Erhard, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Please extend my deepest sympathy to your family. I’m praying you find the strength to get through this difficult time.

    My thoughts are with you.

    Rose

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  7. Sherry Martens :

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Sherry Martens

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  8. Daniel Gretener :

    Your father was truly an “Immigrant of Distinction” and he will be missed. From the Greteners to the Kiefers, our thoughts will be with you.

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  9. Anna Coronetta :

    Dear Erhard & Ursula and the Kiefer Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. May your memories bring you comfort.
    Anna Coronetta and the Coronetta Family

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  10. Randy and Valerie Kott :

    Dear Kiefer Family

    Our deepest condolences to you all on the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. May your hearts be filled with love as you remember this precious family member. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

    Randy, Valerie and Emily Kott

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  11. Craig Singleton :

    I offer up my prayers and thoughts to all the Keifer family as they celebrate the life of a man who inspired many people in life and will continue to live in the hearts of all those who remember him fondly and with much love.

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  12. Robin and Doug Christie :

    Thinking of your family at this sad time. Hold on to the memories.

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  13. Keith Johnson :

    My sincere condolences to the whole family on the loss of your father and grand-father.
    Keith Johnson, Penticton, BC

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  14. Denise Chiles :

    Sorry for your loss of a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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  15. Larry and Shirley Holloway :

    Siegfried and Extended Family

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

    Having worked with your father both here and abroad, he always provided sage objective advice and expertise, and he inspired many young people with his hard work, ethics, and integrity. As a man of few words, he was long on accomplishments and achievements.

    Larry and Shirley Holloway

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  16. Dave and Laurie Parsons :

    Our deepest sympathy at the death of your beloved father. May time make the wound less painful and the memories brighter.

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  17. Walter Sylvia Kmet :

    Dear Kiefer Family,

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Walter & Sylvia Kmet

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  18. Ingrid, Karen and family
    My thoughts are with you at this time of loss. I remember how proud you were of your Dad and what a wonderful family you came from.

    Jill Wyatt

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  19. Loranne Kelly :

    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I am Peggy & Roy Shenfield’s niece. I remember how much your Dad enjoyed my Mother’s White Xmas cake (Cathy, who is no longer with us was Peggy’s sister).

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  20. Martin Kratz :

    Very best wishes to Erhard and Siegfried and to your families at this difficult time . Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  21. Brian and Marilyn Bale :

    Erhard & Siegfried,

    We are so sorry to hear that your father has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Sincerely,

    Brian and Marilyn Bale

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  22. Sommerfeld and Beierle Families :

    Sincere condolences to Gerhard’s family from distant relatives and former ATCO employees from the 1960s and 1970s. We have a lot of memories of working for Gerhard in Airdrie and Calgary.

    Thoughts and prayers from Kelowna and Calgary.

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  23. Michael Kiefer :

    Die Erinnerungen werden bleiben. Schmerzen werden sie und doch werden wir sie brauchen. Dein Blick, Dein Lächeln, Deine Sorge. Bilder von Dir, die wir hüten wie einen Schatz.
    Aufrichtige Anteilnahme senden
    Michael Kiefer, Birgit & Dennis
    Frieda Kiefer, Haustadt-Germany

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  24. Wilf and Betty Vielguth :

    Gerry, Ingrid and the extended Kiefer family

    Our sincere condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  25. Dale, Tessa, Georgette and Lester Law :

    Just heard about the loss of your father. Hope you will remember all the great memories and see him always in the faces of the many grandchildren. Thinking especially of Gerry, Shelley, Krystyna, Geoff and Nick at this time.

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  26. Duncan and Kevyn Sinclair :

    Gerry and Shelley and the rest of the Kiefer Family.
    I wanted to say how sorry we were to hear about the loss of your father. I hope that your memories of all the good times you had with him will provide you with some comfort during this time of sorrow.
    Our sincere condolences and prayers are with you.

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  27. Tom, Donna, Kate and Amy Parks :

    We were saddened to read of the passing of your Father and Grandfather, Gerhard. We learned over the years of association with you, Ingrid, how much your Father valued his family over all else, and it must have been a source of comfort to him that you all have remained close to him to the end.
    Our thoughts are with you all.

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  28. Familie Imelda & Peter Leidisch :

    Von Guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen,
    erwarten wir getrost, was kommen mag.
    GOTT ist mit uns am Abend und am Morgen,
    und ganz gewiss an jedem neuen Tag.

    Der Tod eines lieben Menschen ist wie das Zurückgeben einer Kostbarkeit,
    die Gott uns geliehen hat.

    Lieber Onkel Gerhard, in unseren Herzen lebst du weiter!
    Wir wünschen der ganzen Kiefer-Familie viel Kraft und Stärke.

    Unsere herzliche Anteilnahme senden aus Orscholz, Germany
    Imelda & Peter Leidisch mit Familie

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