Happy Birthday Papa

My father was born on July 10th, 1935 in Berlin, Germany. He grew up during the war and as a young man decided he had had enough of Germany and decided to immigrate to Canada. In 1956, he settled in Ottawa, for the simple reason that it was Canada’s capital and therefor, must be a good city. He knew 3 words of English, “yes, no, hello”.

Luckily, he had a job as a baker upon his arrival. He did this for a few years and then worked in the now shut down E.B.Eddy (Domtar) paper-mill for close to 30 years.

As he worked shifts for his entire career, we did not get to spend as much time together as we would have liked. However, at that time, a father was expected to bring home money and provide for his children (and sometimes only allowed to do this), a job he performed excellently. He still found time to take us fishing, skidooing etc, on his days off or his one weekend off every third weekend.

This immigrant managed to build a family, buy a home, cars, snowmobiles, build a cottage etc. Basically, he was a success story.

My father has a strong character an often gets under peoples skin. He says it as he believes it is, nothing is hidden or sugar coated. I love him very much and I am very happy to have him as a father. I am so very proud of him.

My late aunt Marlene (who never had her tongue in her pocket (a French expression)) said this about him, which sums up a lot about my dad.

“No matter how much you disliked him or how much he disliked you, if you called him at 3 am and asked for his help, he would be there.”

Happy birthday papa. I wish you many more as I still need my loving papa.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:09:18

    Bel hommage Roy…Happy Birthday Lutz­…

    Reply

  2. Marie
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 21:14:29

    Thanks for sharing your dads story and accomplishments. Of course I was already aware of his best accomplishment. Happy birthday to your father.

    Reply

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