Born in Burgenland, Austria, in 1933, Robert Feutl survived the Depression, the Second World War, and the Russian occupation, all before he reached his teens. Although he apprenticed to his father, a master wagon maker, Robert knew the future lay in motor vehicles and that he would have to leave Austria.
After a brief stint on assembly lines in Switzerland, Robert knew he wanted more. In 1956 he bought ship’s passage to Canada. He landed in Toronto and soon found work as an autobody repair man. Robert eventually became the body shop manager at Kingsway Collision, but spent most of his career with that title at Ken Shaw Toyota.
Favourite activities included discussing politics, reading the Toronto Star, and travelling with his beloved Mimi to exotic places such as Rio de Janeiro Bermuda, Argentina and the Galapagos Islands. He greatly enjoyed the thrill and fun of buying and selling stocks —successfully even! He loved a good joke, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Robert is pre-deceased by his wife, Mimi, and by his first wife, Anna/Sissi. He is survived by his sister Emma; his children Rita (Gordon) and Robert; grandchildren Emma (Ben), Sarah, Michael and Nicole; and his great-grandson. We will hold a celebration of his life on Saturday, November 5, from 4-6 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre in Toronto.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.