Joan and family - truly your loss is heartfelt as we know the pure love and joy that Herman shared with his family and friends. Herman's connection with people and his kind and gentle way will be one of his many legacies. We regret that we didn't get to share years with Herman but even in our short time together, we feel blessed to have memories. Jim and I will cherish the night that the four of us got to spend together in Rothesay and I will be forever grateful for his thoughtfulness when I visited with you both in Toronto last year. Sending you all strength, prayers and a big hug.
Heather, Jim, Haley, Allie
It is beyond words that we express the impact Herman made on our entire family. His love, kindness, generosity and respect he gave each and every one of us will never be forgotten. We are heart broken. Ron has lost his dear buddy. Our sincere and deepest sympathies to Joan, Shelia and family. Today you are the brightest star in the sky.
Love Ron, Jackie, Matthew, Lynn, Avery, Mackenzie, Wayne, Mona, your special girls Maddie and Abi, Stacey, Mitch, Hudson, Bowen and Griffin.
If I could sing it would be a sad song, a lament is more descriptive.
Over the past decades we have been friends with The Campbells but when we became neighbours that definition has been re-written. Herman became one of my “Buddies”. Sunday Breakfasts; Road Trips; or Family Gatherings became more common.
White wispy hair that blew around if not covered on a breezy day. That same fresh fallen snow hue coloured his whiskers. There were seldom times his goatee was anything but perfect. Along with other services in Port Hope I introduced Herman to The Men’s Room Barber Shop were the ladies manning the clippers and he had a mutual admiration society.
It was always a treat to make Herman laugh. His eyes would all but close and his mouth would open wide as his head threw back generally to his right but you often strained to hear a sound!
The actual laugh was simply escaping air as he got a joke.
Our paths were far from parallel; Herman’s from a small agricultural community in the Gaspe’ and a large collection of siblings versus an only child from the G.T.A. From that we each had stories to tell that entertained the other. Without fail after only a few pleasantries he would twist his torso to be sure of direct eye contact. He always made a similar request, “Now, how is Wayne doing?” or one of our other kids or Grandkids. The sincerity would put any priest or politician to shame.
Herman’s passing on Sunday led me to normal condolences but followed by a simple refrain, “Funk and Wagnall have to find a new picture to put beside the definition of “Nice Guy”.
On Sun Nov.25th 2018 I lost one of my very best friend In Herman, Herman, You are my friend, co-worker, My boss for many years, God Bless you Herman you will never be forgotten, R.I.P. Friend, Till we meet again TLC, Keith & Linda
Joan Sheila Christopher and Lauren
What heartbreaking news Herman was a very precious man. His generosity to family and friends was outstanding We will miss him terribly 😘