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Born: Apr 11, 1935

Date of Passing: May 27, 2021

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April 11, 1935 - May 27, 2021

With immense sadness we announce the passing of Achim, loving husband, dad, father-in-law, Opa and friend, who peacefully passed away on May 27, 2021, at Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB., with his loving wife at his side.
He leaves to mourn his wife Judy of 35 years, son Bryan (Vanessa) Plante, daughter Larissa (Keith) Prairie, grandchildren, Alyssa, Lucas, Julia and Makayla. He also leaves his family in Germany, his only sibling Barbara Gerth, nephews, Arno, and Achim and niece Antje (Friedrich Ebrecht) Gerth, great-nephew Thimo, cousins, Rebecca (Juergen) Guthart, Waltraud Riedel, and Robert (Marina) Riedel and their family.
Achim was predeceased by his parents, Hans Joachim and Hildegard Riedel.
Achim was born in Breslau, Germany, weighing in at just over two pounds, kept warm in a drawer next to the wood stove. With the tragic loss of his father during the Second World War, was an orphan in a boys school, when his aunt and uncle rescued this "energetic" five year old boy and cultivated his gardening, cooking and hard work ethic. He left East Germany with mere pennies and taking a boat trip to Canada in 1957, buying a train ticket to British Columbia and making a temporary forever stop in Winnipeg, all shaped the irreplaceable Archie that became the love of our life.
Archie worked for Arnold Brothers Transport, was a Unit Assistant and Geriatric Coordinator at HSC for many years and after retirement worked at River City Carwash. Archie's passions were: family, photography, animals (especially Arko, the only private owner dog to work for the Wpg Police Force), Boy Scouts, baking, cooking and being active every moment of the day.
A special thank you to Dr. R. Bard, Urologist at HSC who guided us through Acute Care and Comfort Care and the staff on GA5.
As per Archie's wishes, cremation has taken place.
A private family funeral service will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021, with interment to follow. If family and friends would like to join the family for the interment it will be taking place at 11:00 a.m., at Heritage Cemetery, 395 Loewen Blvd, Steinbach, MB.
He fought bladder cancer long and hard. But ultimately another cancer took him from us.
In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be made to Scouts Manitoba or plant a tree in Archie's name.

Our Bumblebee has left our hive.

As published in The Carillon on Jun 03, 2021

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