Erwin Gangl, 88, of Laval, Quebec, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2017 at the l'Hôpital de la Cité-de-la-Santé in Laval. Born in Kapfenberg, Austria to Josef and Elisabeth Gangl, he immigrated to Canada in the early 50’s and lived most of his adult life in the Montreal and Laval region. Here, he met and married Lotte Bregler, worked at Cercast, and welcomed two sons.
Erwin was loyal and dedicated to his family and friends. As a younger man he loved to ski, play soccer and travel. Later in life he looked forward to his card games and trips up north. He was known for his green thumb, generosity, laughter, and sociability.
Erwin was predeceased by his parents, sister Herma, and his wife Lotte (1997). He is survived by sons Norman of Edmonton (Norma-Jean Baber), Manfred of Halifax (Alison DeLory) and grandsons Jackson, Curtis, Eric. The family is deeply indebted to his special friend Vera, who cared for him so dearly in recent years. Erwin also leaves extended family in Austria and Germany including two nephews and in-laws, and many other friends.
The family will receive friends on January 22, 2017 from 13:00 until 16:00 at the former residence of Erwin to share memories and stories.
Memorial donations may be made in Erwin's name to the Mab-Mackay Rehabilitation Center in Montreal.
Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young,
Who loved thee so fondly as he?
He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue,
And joined in thy innocent glee.
—Margaret Courtney, poet (1822-1862)