(March 13 1948-February 27 2022) - It is with profound sadness that we must announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and friend Evald, on Sunday, February 27, 2022, closely and lovingly surrounded by his family. Evald fought valiantly for many years as he did with everything throughout his life. Although above all else he hated to leave his family, we are thankful his pain and suffering are now over.
Devoted and cherished husband of 38 years, best friend, and partner in life to Barbara (nee Sharpe). Fiercely proud and loving father to son Evan (Jenn Vosper) and daughter Kristen (Nicholas Huffington). Doting and honoured Papa to the light of his life and granddaughter, Hadleigh. Predeceased by his parents Robert and Salme Timusk, brother Elmar (Lilli), and Aunt Adele Laanemaa (Elmar). Admired and appreciated son-in-law to Shirley Sharpe and the late Graydon Sharpe (predeceased by mere hours). Loved brother-in-law to Boyde Sharpe (Janet), Brenda Kallio (Raimo), and Beverly Ojalammi (Paul). Adored cousin to Linda Rock (Rob) and Rita Bumbacco (Carl). Admired and respected uncle to many nieces and nephews who will miss him greatly. Deeply cherished lifelong friend of Ted Fewchuk (Nancy) along with many others. Evald will be forever terribly missed by many relatives, friends and neighbours.
Evald was a man of many words. Born in Hanover, Germany in a displaced persons camp following WWII, he immigrated to Canada as a young boy alongside his parents with earnest appreciation for their new home. It doesn’t come as a surprise that he developed and possessed a unique passion for life, learning and teaching that went unmatched by most. An avid and elite athlete in his younger days, Evald played football for Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfred Laurier University) and was then drafted to the Edmonton Eskimos as their 1st round, 3rd overall draft pick. He later met the love of his life, Barb, at a roller rink and together, they built a life that they adoringly loved. Evald instilled his passion for learning and life in both of his children and along with Barb, worked his whole life to provide every possible opportunity to them. He traveled around the globe to watch, support and cheer on both Evan and Kristen in their various athletic endeavours and there simply wasn’t a bigger fan around. Evald’s family was his pride and joy and what he truly lived for; this was no secret to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. In his last few years, the birth and life of his granddaughter Hadleigh put a special, newfound light in his eyes and heart and he lived for his irreplaceable, special moments with her.
Second to his family, his next big love was always Lake Superior and water in general, and this love ran deep. Evald was always overjoyed to share this love with all of those who knew him and he was eager at all times for a chance to take others out on one of his beloved boats to experience this beauty for themselves.
Evald will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, genuine nature, strength, grit, perseverance, passion, zest for life, hunger for travel, knowledge of all things and desire to share this knowledge with all of those around him, his love of conversation, and most of all his love and pride for his family. His memories will forever live on amongst his family and friends who loved him so dearly.
The family would like to wholeheartedly thank Evald’s entire healthcare team for their compassion and care, including Drs. Booth, Jarrett and Castellani along with the many other doctors and nurses who have cared for him throughout the years.
As per Evald’s wishes, no funeral or service will be held at this time. Memorial donations (payable by cheque or online to ARCH would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel 705-759-2522). Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.arthurfuneralhome.com for the Timusk family.