RIEMER, Harry Waldemar

It is with an enormous sense of sorrow and loss that we announce the passing of Harry Waldemar Riemer of Edmonton, Alberta. Harry was called home to his Lord Jesus Christ on November 19, 2022.

He was born on November 12, 1933, in Tadazewo, Kreis Rypin, Poland to Gustav and Marie (nee Neumann) Riemer, dad was the youngest of 5 children. By the end of 1945 he had lost both parents and his two oldest brothers (Herbert, Artur) and was taken in by the Schorre family of Gummersbach, Germany in early 1946. He finished his Volksschule in 1948 and apprenticeship as a Precision Instrumentation Mechanic in 1951; he worked at his trade for several years in Germany before immigrating to Edmonton, Canada in April of 1954.

After working for a few years at OK Construction, he joined Northwest Industries in 1956. In 1969, he and several partners established Kingsway Aviation and Industrial Instruments. He was involved with the business until he retired in 2002. Dad also repaired watches, cameras, and automobiles for friends and family.

On June 23, 1962, he and Helga (nee Schill) married and began raising their family – in June, they were able to celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Together they raised 4 sons. Music was always an important part of the family’s life; whether singing at the family table, encouraging his children to learn to play music, or participating in choirs at church or elsewhere. Dad’s love of gardening, the outdoors (in particular the mountains), were passed along to all his children and grandchildren. He was always ready to lend his assistance and expertise to all his children as they established their own families.

Almost immediately after arriving in Canada, Harry began worshipping and serving at what is now Zion Baptist Community Church. Dad’s passion for music and singing was an important part of how he served Jesus. Whether that was participating in small quartets, singing or directing the choirs, or leading congregational singing and worship. He had a heart for serving the congregation and individuals and did so throughout his life.

Predeceased by his parents, Gustav and Marie Riemer, brothers Herbert, Artur, Eduard (Luise), sister Gertrud (Bertold) Schneider, and niece Annetraut (Rocholl), Harry’s memory and impact will be cherished by his wife Helga (nee Schill); sons Harold (Tammy), Waldemar (Jill), Bernd, and Brian (Leah); mother-in-law Anna; brother-in-law Erwin; grandchildren Yelena, Nicholas (Courtney), Hannah (Matthew), Anders (Shaylene), Christian, Alethea (Braden), Evelyn, and Nathaniel; great grand-daughter Wilhelmina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Saturday November 26, 2022 at Zion Baptist Church 9802-76 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse and/or Camp Caroline.

Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101

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Darcie Edel

My mother Ellie Edel, sister Bev and I watched the funeral to honor Harry together. Our deepest sympathies to Helga and your whole family. Harry was a life well-lived and such a wonderful example of hope, strength and grace. He was someone who had made our world a brighter and better place. Our prayer is that the Lord’s grace will be sufficient for you during this time of grieving. With love and prayer, Ellie Edel, Bev and Darcie

Ingrid Raymond(Zellmer)

My deepest condolences to Helga & Family. I have many fond memories of “Uncle Harry” teaching saturday german classes and his friendliness and kindness to mom & dad.

Kurt Redschlag

In addition to my earlier tribute to Harry, may I also extend to you – Helga and your family – my sincerest condolences. May all of you find find comfort and strength in the loving arms of our heavenly Father.

Kurt Redschlag

With the passing of Harry, I, and all of us, have lost a dear friend and true man of God. I will always cherish my fond memories of working with him at Zion Baptist Church – be this in youth work or in music, such as the mixed choir and our men’s quartet. His quiet thoughtful ways were his trademark. He leaves behind a legacy of what it means to walk faithfully with God.

Sonia Maria & Tony McFetridge

We thank God for the privilege to met Harry. His gentle and kind way to greeting us at church. His ability to greet me in my own language was so fun. We will indeed miss his smile and amazing voice. We pray the Lord to comfort the family in special dear Helga and Ben. We love you!

Chelsi Bentham

I will miss you uncle Harry. Thank you for you calm beautiful spirit and generosity to me over the years. I always enjoyed our conversations at the dinner table. I’m sending so much love to my Edmonton family in this challenging time. Peace, love and blessings to you all.

Marg LOEWEN (Schedler)

So many good memories singing under the direction of Harry. Choir was an important part of learning life and worshipping in church! Condolences and prayers to Helga and family.

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