Knecht, William


William Gottfried Ludwig Knecht


It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of William (or Willy, as he was best known) at the age of 80 at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ontario, on November 16, 2022, with his children by his side.


Born in Munich, Germany, on December 5, 1941, he emigrated to Canada in 1960. In 1964, he met and married Irene Abrutat, also from Germany.


Willy is predeceased by his wife; his father, Wilhelm (Willie) Knecht; his mother, Maria Knecht (nee Voggenreiter); and his brother, Karl Voggenreiter.


He is survived by his children, Rose, Ruth (Richard) and Richard, and by his grandchildren, Nathalie and Isabelle.


Willy was a tool and die maker, using his skills to also solve everyday household problems. He was very knowledgeable, especially about history; he enjoyed good food; and he enjoyed debating with friends and family at the dinner table. He also loved to travel with his wife, with whom he shared a love of swimming and scuba diving.


He will be greatly missed.


We wish to give thanks to the health care workers who provided for his needs and made him comfortable. In lieu of sending flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or any other charity.


The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on December 9, 2022 at St. John’s Dixie Cemetery & Crematorium in Mississauga.

2 replies
  1. Hans-Peter Uhl
    Hans-Peter Uhl says:

    Willy, I miss you so much.
    Not many days going by without thinking about you. Your wisdom and your charm will be always remembered by Susie and me.
    I couldn’t be there by your final farewell, and I’m so sorry about it.
    I will always remember some of your “famous” saying, because I use them many times in a day.
    One was ” read my lips” with a certain finger stretched out, and the other was “fucking beautiful “.
    It was knowing you. Just Fucking beautiful.
    Rest in peace old friend. We are missing you so, so much. Susie & Peter Uhl


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