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"VOE" 2003 Obituary


VOEST o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-28 published
Manfred Friedrich WIRTH (November 17, 1913 - March 21, 2003)
Manfred died suddenly but peacefully exactly 1 year after his beloved Lisl. He leaves behind sadly grieving son Alfred, daughter Elizabeth (Lou FAUTEUX,) grandchildren Elizabeth and Susan WIRTH (Ali POURAZIM,) and Eric BRAND (Anita) as well as sister Beate FLUECK- WIRTH, sister-in-law Marianne MAYO and many devoted Friends & relatives around the world. Manfred was born in Vienna, Austria to Hofrat Dr. Alfred Ludwig WIRTH and Beate Karola, née PETRINI VON MONTEFERRI, and graduated with a PhD in law prior to his 23rd birthday. He was a director of the Austrian Steel Company (VOEST) before emigrating to Canada post-war, and started his Canadian working life at Algoma Steel Corporation in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. In 1958 he founded Wirth Limited (now Wirth Steel), building the company into a major international trader. Since 1993 and until his death, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of MF Wirth Rail Corp. Manfred loved the arts, especially opera and the visual arts. He was also a history buff, and a generous donor to McGill University, the University of Alberta and Wilfred Laurier University as well as Arts Knowlton and other Canadian institutions. He was a member of various clubs and societies, a recipient of the Order of Austria, and a keen skier, swimmer and golfer. A private farewell with immediate family has taken place; a memorial service to celebrate his long and eventful life will be held in Montreal at St.Andrew's-Dominion-Douglas Church, 687 Roslyn Ave. Westmount, Quebec on Monday May 26, 2003 at 2: 00 P.M. Anyone desiring to make a donation in Manfred's memory may wish to consider McGill University: Designation Faculty of Music, 3605 de la Montagne, Montreal H3G 2M1, the Foundation of the University Women's Club Montreal Inc, 3529 Atwater Avenue, Montreal H3H 1Y2, or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to 24 Somerville Avenue, Montreal, Quebec H3Z 1J2

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