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MAIER, Wilhelm Augustin “Willi”

September 21, 1930 – January 29, 2012

Willi passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2012, at home in the arms of his loving wife, after a brief battle with cancer.

Willi was born, raised and educated in Oestringen, Germany, immigrating to Canada, “the land of his dreams,” in 1955 and eventually settled in Calgary. After receiving his Canadian citizenship, Willi returned to Germany with hopes of finding a bride. He didn’t need to look for too long or far, falling in love with the little sister of his dearest friend Reinhard Habich. After a four week courtship, Willi married Frances Habich. Together, they returned to Calgary and welcomed sons Ralph in 1962 and Michael in 1964.

Willi was a dedicated employee of Canadian Freightways, during which time he received numerous accolades, including an award for two million miles of accident-free driving. He retired after thirty years, at the age of 62.

During their retirement, Willi and Frances enjoyed many trips to Germany, Maui, Oregon and the West Coast of BC. They spent many glorious afternoons hiking, having lunch in the mountains and enjoying each other’s company. Willi was a devoted husband, a loving father, the best “Opa” for Christopher and everyone’s favorite neighbor. Willi also enjoyed regular workouts with his friends at the YMCA.

Willi managed his brief battle with cancer with courage, dignity and his ever-present sense of humor. Willi was grateful for every day and said that the last years of his life were truly his golden years.

Willi is survived by his wife of fifty-one years Frances; sons Ralph and Michael; daughter-in-law Katrin; and his grandson Christopher. He is also survived by his niece Hildegard and nephew Wolfgang of Germany, and niece Sister Eva Maria of Brazil. He was predeceased by his parents Wilhelm and Julianna and brother Kurt.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Boniface German Catholic Church (1923 Broadview Road N.W.) on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through 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: 1 (866) 412-4222. Our heartfelt thanks go to Dr. Chris Ayers, the Homecare Team, the PleurX Team, and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their compassionate care and dedication. We also wish to thank our wonderful friends and neighbors for their support.

In living memory of Willi Maier, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Ron, Lisa, Flynn & Ellis :

    Frances, Ralph, Michael:
    Although we are saddened of Willi’s passing, we are grateful to have the memories of Willi, forever. I dont know how many times Frances called Willi home for Tea or dinner, while we were chatting in the backyard or garage. We are blessed to have had 12 years with the “greatest neighbor’s”

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  2. Roger & Linda Glover :

    Deepest sympathy & sincere condolences on your loss. Willi was a wonderful man & was always willing to share his thoughts with those around at the YMCA. His humour was a tonic & we looked forward to seeing him at the Y. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts & prayers will be for him. God bless you Willi lad….RIP.

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  3. Andrew Gerrard & Don Wyatt :

    Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the Maier family at this time. Your loss is felt by all that got to know Willi over the years. Those we love and lose are together with us in heart, forever with us in memory.

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  4. Sister Eva Maria Maier :

    Meine lieben Kanadier!
    My “pfetterich” uncle Willi, means a lot to me, even separated in lifetime for miles…I always apreaciated his humor and wisdom and his special kind of “Maier” to show their love!Many times I invited him to come to Brazil to visit me, but his joke always was about the ” beens”, we eat here and he didn’t like.Even my offer to bake ” Linzer Torte” didn’t change his mind…but now, from heaven, he’s near to us and I hope that you, Ralph and Michael can feel him like I feel my father, Willi’s brother Kurt, every time I pray ” our Father, who is in heaven”…
    My prayers for you and here in Londrina, the mass is offered for all of you
    your thankful “Schwesterlein” Evi

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  5. Having known Willi since I was 13, I have so many memories of him. I can still hear him calling me “The Butcher”. That will always put a smile on my face. My deepest and most sincere sympathies to Frances, Ralph & Katrine, and of course my dearest friend Michael. My thoughts are with you all.

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  6. Mary and Gary Arthurs :

    We wish to extend our condolences to Frances and the Maier family on the loss of Willi.

    Mary and Gary Arthurs – neighbours

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  7. Kevin Filan // Kimball Murray // Shannon Arnott :

    Our sympathies to the family. It has been our honour, getting to know the family, over many years.

    ‘To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die.’

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  8. Teresa & Stephen Dyrgas :

    So sad to hear of your Dad’s passing.
    Sincerest heart-felt condolences to you all.

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  9. Dana Underwood (Barlow) :

    Frances and family, I was so said to hear of your loss. I’m thinking of you and want to extend my deepest condolences.

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  10. We all are very sad to hear from the loss of Willi. Especially the memories which Ingrid and Diethard shared with us of your get togethers before they went back to germany. Willi will always be in our hearts as a dear friend. Our prayers will be with you.

    Thorsten, Karin, Ingrid, Diethard, Stefanie and Mike Weinke

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  11. Our deepest condolences to Francis, Ralph and Michael and loved ones from all of us. We’re so glad we were able to see you both, although the circumstances weren’t the best, last September. I’ll always have a place in my heart for Oncle Willi and will remember him and your family and the good memories we had together.

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