KUERZDOERFER, Roland - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a humanitarian, devoted husband, caring father, loving Opa and friend. Roland passed away at home with his loving family by his side on Thursday, November 9, 2017.
Roland is survived by his dedicated wife Marja of 44 years, his children Andre (Nicole Vanderhart), Tania (Mike Carriere) and his grandchildren Kaidon and Austin.
Roland recently, lovingly became Opa to Gregory and Madilyn.
Roland's life was an adventure. He was born in Stuttgart Germany with 1 bother and 2 sisters. In 1958 he immigrated to Canada with a belt full of tools, and a heart filled with optimism. His first job was at a tool making shop, SKF. After 2 years he decided to follow new horizons. He lived on the Alaska Highway running his own gas station, he was a camp flunky on the oil rigs and then finally looking for oil deposits.
After this adventure ended, he was back in Toronto working for a specialty tool and machinery company Master Mechanical.
Roland really made his mark on the world when he moved to Midland, in 1971. He had 25 years of dedicated service with Bay Mills where he was known as Mr. Fibatape.
Roland joined the Midland Rotary Club in 1973 and this is where he really shined. He was responsible for many international achievements including the Disaster Relief and the Eye Clinic in Consuelo Dominican Republic.
Roland's spare time was spent on many camping trips with family and friends. On the Hobby Farm, he loved making maple syrup and apple cider. He has passed this on to his children and grandchildren. He also taught his grandchildren very early in life how to squish those nasty potato bugs!! Roland enjoyed many re-enactments with the Bee Brigade sailing on the Schooner Bee out of the Navel and Military Establishments.
Roland had many charities dear to his heart including Operation Eyesight, Doctors without Borders and the Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation. In lieu of flowers donations in his honour would be greatly appreciated.