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FREITAG, Dieter T. Beloved fa...

FREITAG, Dieter T. Beloved father, husband, granddad, brother and friend, Dieter Freitag, passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, on July 13. He was 69. Dieter was born in Herne, Germany. In 1957, his parents, Gertrud and Hermann, and his sister, Doris, immigrated to Canada and eventually moved to Hickory Street in Waterloo. He attended Waterloo Collegiate, where he met his future wife, Nancy Glennie. They married when Dieter was 19, and had two children, Kirstie and Sarah. Dieter played baseball in high school and was a terrific catcher - so good, in fact, that he attracted the attention of the Boston Red Sox in the sixties. A future in baseball was not to be, but he loved the game and a highlight of his life was the Blue Jays Fantasy Camp in Toronto. Dieter was also an avid traveler, golfer, tennis player and gardener, and he loved music. Dieter was with Air Canada for 21 years, first in Sudbury, Ont., and then Toronto. He later worked in logistics with Xpedite Plus and FreightFast. In 1988 he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and in 2008 he moved to Trinity Village Care Centre, Kitchener, where he was in the hands of some dedicated, caring staff who looked after him with respect and dignity. Dieter leaves his wife of nearly 50 years, Nancy of Cambridge, Ont.; beloved daughter Kirstie Freitag and partner Larry Wilson of Hockley Village, Ont.; daughter Sarah Gingrich and son-in-law Chris Gingrich with grandchildren Hank Gingrich and Haddie Gingrich of Ayr, Ont.; his sister Doris (Freitag) Leyden and husband Peter Leyden of Berlin, along with loyal friends and his extended family in the Waterloo area. We will all miss him. To celebrate Dieter's Life, a Memorial party will be held on July 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Sarah and Chris Gingrich, 96 Piper St., Ayr, Ont. Live music.

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