GOETSCH, Eckard Wolfgang


With a deep sense of sorrow and loss, that we announce the passing of Eckard on October 6 here in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Eckard was born in Berlin, Germany in 1939 as the youngest of 3 siblings to Emma and Gustav Goetsch. Unfortunately, within a few weeks WWII broke out, resulting in a woefully harsh upbringing for Eckard that shaped the character and role model that he became later in life.
At age 15, Eckard started his 3-year butcher apprenticeship. After another 5 years of practical experience, the now journeyman decided to complete his master’s degree. In 1963 Eckard met Marianne for the first time, which ultimately resulted in their marriage in 1971. Eckard had an insatiable appetite to improve himself in his chosen career.
In 1975 he once again attended University, this time being one of the first 50 graduates from the University of Kulmbach Meat Technology program. His expertise led him to immigrate to South Africa and later Namibia, where Eckard lead the evaluation and enhancement of Meat Processing and Production Facilities and assisted in the development of new meat products. In 1980 Eckard and Marianne with their son Joerg immigrated to Alberta, Canada. During the 80’s Eckard became partner at Van’s Sausage, continuing with his expertise in product development and enhancing manufacturing efficiencies.
In 1988 Eckard and Marianne opened their own Meat and Deli store in Edmonton. Eckard loved what he did so much that his retirement in 2002 only lasted 1.5 years, before he joined the Sobey’s team on a part time basis. Eckard worked in Sobey’s meat department until he was 82 years old.
Eckard had an even greater desire to learn and continually improve himself. At an early age, Eckard regarded physical fitness as essential, and at 18 years old started to incorporate meditation to his health regime. In his physical pursuits Eckard enjoyed hiking, jogging, karate, yoga and gardening. Reading was another passion of his. Together with Marianne, Eckard focused on honing his meditation skills by taking numerous trips and classes in Thailand and Japan. Eckard became a Reiki master and was invited to the UN World Meditation Celebration in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2021 Eckard completed writing his book entitled “Guideline and Insight of Transcendental Meditation”.
Eckard is survived by his wife Marianne and his son Joerg, daughter in law Sheila, granddaughter Aaron, grandson Adrian and great grandson Logan.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Hampton Inn (950 Emerald Drive, Sherwood Park, AB, T8H 0W6) Phone 780-449-1609 on October 23rd, 2022 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of the deceased’s honour may be made directly to The Edmonton Mustard Seed Foundation, Edmonton Hope Mission, or The Stollery Children’s Hospital

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