Harry Gerhard Hinz

In Memorial

1929 – 2013
At peace, after a long struggle, Harry is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Gerda, his beloved sister Helga and her husband Doug and greatly missed by his children Peter and Ursula and their families, Cely, Derek, Rebecca, Aaron, Siena and Sam. Born in Berlin, he immigrated to Canada in 1955 where he enjoyed raising a family and a long career with Woodward’s. Known for his love of nature and long walks, Harry was a gentle soul to the very end and friends and family are grateful for his many years of love and support. Heaven is getting a good man!
Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, October 30 at 1:00 pm at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel, 11765 – 224th St, Maple Ridge. In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or Canadian Diabetes Association.
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  1. Tribute to Harry Hinz Oct 30, 2013

    First of all, our sincere condolences Gerda, Ushi, Peter and your families from Joe and myself as well as my mom Helga, brother Harry, sister Susie and our families. You said it right in Harry’s Obituary that “Heaven is getting a good man”

    As a child my parents, Helga and Tony, became friends with Harry and Gerda and since we were all immigrants from Germany, their family was like relatives to us. Together with a number of other German “so called relatives” we had a lot of wonderful times together going to the beach, having picnics and other outings.

    When my hubby Joe and I got married in 1970, there was Harry presenting us with bucket of cleaning products and some great and hilarious advice for the newlyweds. Harry always seemed to have a good sense of humor and as the years moved on Harry and Gerda became really close friends with my parents

    Together they shared a love of the outdoors, hiking, biking and travelling. They also started a card playing night. Once a week they put a little “money in the kitty” and every couple of years or so planned a nice holiday to enjoy together. Even after my dad passed away in 2004, Gerda and Harry continued to play cards once a week with good friend Ormund and my mom until deteriorating health prevented them from continuing.

    I always thought Gerda and Harry were a lovely, loving couple who knew how to have fun and enjoy life. As the years went on, unfortunately Harry developed some serious heart problems and underwent bypass surgeries. I was running a cardiac rehabilitation program at the time and before too long, Harry joined our Coquitlam medically supervised cardiac exercise classes.

    Harry really was an inspiration to many of us at the class. Not loud or demanding he was a positive force in the class. He was faithful to his program and became surprisingly fit. It was his determination and positive attitude and ability to have a little fun that I believe gave him many more quality years of life. I really admired that about him.

    It makes me sad to know that Harry is gone. He was a special person. I know it’s hard to lose someone you love but I hope the wonderful memories we have of Harry will live on in our hearts.

    Love Gabby

  2. Gerta: I just read of Harrys passing in the Woodpens newsletter, I’m so sorry for your loss. Harry was one of my first bosses at Woodward’s in the Guildford Shopping centre. He was such a gem to work for and with. I always had a great respect for harry, if you recall my wife Sue and I came to your home many years ago and enjoyed some wine and conversation. Harry and I worked together again years later in the Downtown store when Harry was in charge of hardgoods advertising. Our desks were close to each other and we often had coffee together. Woodwards was a wonderful place to work, all will say that but it was people like Harry that made it so great, I have nothing but fond memories of Harry and you and wish you all the best. I lost my wife Sue this past June after a long battle with cancer so I know how your loss feels. I live in Nanaimo and don’t get over to the mainland too often but My thought and wishes are with you, You were the nurse on duty the night our son Dan had his heart operation and it felt very good to know You were there to look after him. all the best..don alwosfthe pl

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