We regret to announce the passing of Walde Kliner, who was born in Poland on Nov. 18, 1919 and passed away Dec. 9, 2009.
Walde came to Canada with his parents on the “White Star Line” passenger ship. His first years were spent in Fort Frances, Ont. The family then moved onto a small farm in Miscampbell Township.
Walde attended school and enjoyed sports such as hockey and broomball. Music, too, became a part of his life, forming a band and playing throughout the area.
Walde joined the army when World War II broke out.
Walde served in the artillery under General Montgomery’s British 8th Army, which took him through Sicily, Italy, France, and Belgium. He also was part of the Canadian forces that liberated Holland.
His love of farming kept him busy after returning from the war. Raising beef cattle and sheep and growing crops while expanding the farm.
Walde taught coures in farming in the area over the years. He also served for several years as secretary on the co-op creamery board, and enjoyed his Farmer-of-the-Year acknowledgement in 1963 by the Kiwanis Club.
Walde planted acres of pine and spruce trees over the years, which to this day stand tall and proud over his farm.
Thank you, Walde, for all your hard work and pleasant disposition. Your time here shall always be honoured by us who loved you most.
Your life was well-spent and your influence will live on. Job well-done!
Walde’s surviving family include sisters, Clara Kliner of Miscampbell and Florie Mills of Oxdrift, Ont.; and Kathy Bourgon (niece) of Eaton Rugby, Ont., Barry Mills (nephew) of Oxdrift, Ont., Kyle Wodell (nephew) of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Michelle Plumridge (niece) of Calgary, Alta.
At Walde’s request, there will be no funeral service.