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WALLFRIED FRANZ WILHELM BEHRENDT (published on February 06, 2010)

WALLFRIED FRANZ WILHELM BEHRENDT April 27, 1932 - February 3, 2010 With deep sadness, Dad's children John (Karen), Diana (Curt) and Roy, grandchildren Shannon and Bryce announce the loss of our dear brave father and grandfather after a courageous battle with cancer. We are grateful to God for blessing us with the best father you could have ever wished for and for giving us the time to surround him with our love and care during his final months. We especially treasure all the great stories that Dad shared about his life as a young boy in Germany. Born on a farm in Stettin (now Szczecin Poland), the Fox had many humorous tales to tell about the antics and pranks he was well known for, his love for animals (which extended to his beloved Ceecee and Fatso ) and some amazing acts of heroism. Once credited with saving the lives of two other boys captured with him at 13 during the war and returning them safely home, his strength as a leader and his fierce loyalty was evident even at that young age. Not having a stable fatherly influence himself, Dad's hero was Count Von Luckner who instilled in him an intense desire to always do his best and never give up . This was indeed Dad's hallmark and he has passed this strong work ethic on to all his children. Even though he had a love for the sea, sailing and fishing, deep down Dad always wanted to be a carpenter so he dedicated himself to becoming an elite craftsman. His superb abilities lead him to come across the ocean to Canada in 1958 to build some of the best known buildings in the City of Winnipeg. Always being called upon to fix up difficult projects, Dad also left his mark on the City of Calgary, Flin Flon, Portage and The Pas. Family was everything to Dad. He was a great role model and was admired by everyone he came into contact with. His gentle, patient nature was remarkable in the face of many trials. He took us to the lake in summertime, fished with us, showed us to appreciate God's creation and worked tirelessly in his garden to make sure he could always give us the most superb vegetables. He shared his love of music by sacrificing his holidays to afford musical instruments and lessons for us. Generosity came naturally to Dad and he wholeheartedly supported his granddaughter also in her musical achievements and never missed a concert. Ballroom dancing was a passion of Dad's and true to form, he perfected that art as well going several times a week for years until his illness prevented him from participating anymore. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held at a future date. We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses of both St. Boniface and Concordia hospitals for their tender care of our father, the palliative care nurses who made him comfortable at home and for the overwhelming compassion of the Riverview nurses during his final hours. For online condolences or to light a memorial candle please log onto 1839 Inkster Blvd. 275-5555

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