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"ABT" 2006 Obituary


ABT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-01 published
ENGLISH, Hilde M. (1945-2006)
Surrounded by the love of her family and Friends, Hilde died at her home in Kitchener, on Thursday, June 29, 2006. Beloved wife of John ENGLISH. Loving and devoted mother of Jonathan. She will be lovingly remembered by her mother, Barbara ABT of Kitchener, sister-in-law, Linda ABT of Dundas and father-in-law, Jack ENGLISH of Waterloo. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and cousins in Canada and Germany. Her father Josef and her brother Joseph predeceased her in 2005. Hilde was born in Chemnitz, Germany on February 27, 1945 and emigrated to Canada in August 1953 where they settled in Kitchener. Hilde attended Saint Mary's and Eastwood high schools, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Ontario Law School where she graduated on the Dean's Honours List. She practised law in Waterloo from 1976 to 2006 and was Counsel for Sutherland Mark. Hilde was active in her community and her profession. She has served on several boards including the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation, C.O.D.A., the Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, the Waterloo and later Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, the University of Waterloo Board of Governors, and the Grand River Conservation Foundation. She also served on the board of the Advocate's Society, the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), Opera Ontario, and was the founding chair of the Ontario Liberal Party Women's Commission. She was named Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Woman of the Year in 1999 and received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the Tim Fitzpatrick Community Service Award in 2005. During her long battle, Hilde's many Friends baked and cooked for her and her family, and drove her to many medical appointments. She had a gift for Friendship, which was returned in abundance. The family would like to thank all of these Friends and especially Angela GRANIC, who was always there when needed for 13 years, Kathie FAHEL, volunteer nurses Marg STRONG and Nancy TELEGDI, Nat and Hajo HELTKE and the CarePartner staff who allowed Hilde to die in peace at home surrounded by her treasured garden. Special thanks to the superb medical care from Sunnybrook and, especially, Doctors Kathleen PRITCHARD and J-P PIGNOL. and, in Waterloo, Doctor Janet ZETTEL. Friends are invited to share their memories of Hilde with her family at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, from 2-4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4, 2006. A private family service will be held, followed by cremation. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. A service for relatives and Friends to celebrate Hilde's life will be held on Sunday, July 9, 2006, 3 p.m., at the Centre For Intern ation al Govern ance Innovation, 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo. A reception will follow. Condolences for the family and donations to the Hilde English Fund at the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation or a charity of your choice may be arranged through the funeral home, 519.7445.8445 or In living memory of Hilde, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning Program by the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home.

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