Arno Seidler

February 18, 1935 - February 4, 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Arno Seidler’s passing on February 4, 2017.

 

Arno (Arnie) was born on February 18th, 1935 in Essen, Germany to Otto and Elizabeth Seidler.  He spent his childhood in Essen with his brothers Siegfried and Heinz. Arno immigrated to Canada in 1960. He worked for Air Canada as a painter for 26 years, retiring in 1999.

 

Arno is survived by his wife Gerda; son Derreck (Erika), daughters Esther (Stacy) and Arleen (Randy) and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Arno was a man of detail. While never formally trained in mechanics, his curiosity drove him to understand how things worked. From fixing up cars with Bob Vich to building “and trying to fly” RC airplanes, his passions kept him occupied well into retirement. Bob was one of his closest friends, who will forever miss his Saturday morning, 9am sharp visits.

 

Arno was also known for his love of aircraft. Having been surrounded by airplanes for the better part of his career, this later turned into a passion and hobby. Practicing flight with his flight simulator on his computer at home, and later heading out to the field with Bob to fly their remote control airplanes.

 

Arnie had a large extended family at his local pub, Marigolds Restaurant. This group of people came from all walks of life, and his regular presence will definitely be missed. Many laughs were had, stories shared and memories created with these friends.

 

Described as “a well dressed man”, Arno had a taste for expensive things. Nothing but the finest of chocolate cakes for birthday celebrations, the warmest of winter jackets, boots and mitts, and the highest quality European suits.

 

Arno was very proud to be known as Opa to his grandson Declan. When Opa finally got a smart phone, he would receive pictures and videos of Declan, which he would eagerly share with friends.

 

Arno will be greatly missed as a father, Opa and a friend.

 

At the request of the family, no service will be held.

 

If desired, memorial contributions can be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, PO Box 2009-3310 Portage Ave. Winnipeg, MB R3K 2E5  Ph. (204) 930-4503

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