WELS, Carl Heinz   -  Carl passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, September 10,2021 at the age of 87 at Sunnycrest Nursing home, Whitby.

Beloved husband of Rita (nee Verfaillie) of 61 years.

Loving father of Ron (Margaret), Derek (Laurie) and predeceased by his loving daughter Kathleen.

Proud grandfather to Stephanie (Kevin and Chloe), Meghan (Andrew), Natalie (Chris), Erin (Riley), and Sarah.

Loving brother-in-law to the late Anita Verfaillie.

Loving uncle to Corine (Chuck) and Craig (Diane) and their children Adrian (Amy), Jake (Alyssa) and Spencer and great great uncle to Hannah, Keira and Cameron. 

Carl was born in Celle, Germany and at the age of four he was placed in an orphanage.

At the age of 14 he was released into the custody of an uncle and was a bricklayer by trade in Germany.

He came across to Canada alone in 1952 at the age of 18 years old unable to speak any English.

He got a job in Port Hope on a tobacco farm where he met his wife Rita and his future in-laws Valere and Mary Verfaillie.

Valere was a major influence in Carl's life and mentored him to be the patriarch of the family. On June 25,1960 Carl and Rita were married and had three children.

They tragically lost their beloved daughter Kathleen at the age of 16 in 1979.

Carl was a hard-working devoted father and loved his family immensely. For 61 years he was a very devoted and caring husband to his wife Rita, they had many happy years together.

Carl was a wonderful father and proud grandfather of five beautiful granddaughters. He will be missed immensely by all who loved him. 

Private cremation to take place. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated by the family.

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