Maurice Verkindt

Maurice Albert Verkindt

Sunday, July 17th, 1927 - Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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Maurice Albert VerkindtJuly 18,1927-March25, 2020

Maurice slipped away quietly on March25, 2020 in his 93rd year at Groves Memorial Hosp. Due to the strange times we are living in his family could not be by his side.Maurice cherished his family relationships and will be missed by all who knew him. He leaves his loving wife and life partner Lillian of 68 years. His children Glenn (Rose), Gail (Doug), and Lorraine (Jean-Guy). He always enjoyed seeing how his grandchildren were doing and the many visits from Nicole, Daelin, Lily, Jessica, Cameron, Byron, and Katherine. Two great-grandchildren Findlay and Clancy who loved to come see their Grandpa. Maurice is survived by his sister Marjorie and her family. Maurice wanted to remain living at home, which he did until his short illness. A special thank you to Dr Incitti and the nursing staff on the 2nd floor for your heartfelt care. To Sue his devoted caregiver. Also to Maurice’s whole team connected to his “Men’s Club” who helped Maurice and his family so much. A great source of joy for Maurice was his family cottage outside Kenora, Ontario. Maurice is being cremated and as per his request there will be a private family gathering “at the lake” where his journey will end. Maurice, Mo, Dad, Pop, Grandpa you were much loved. Thank you for all the things you taught us. From all of us. Arrangements are entrusted to The Graham Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David Street South in Fergus.
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Paul J. Pennell

Posted at 03:01pm

Maurice Verkindt’s passing of March 25, 2020.

Due to restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic of this period, regretfully, I am unable to travel from the Southern New Hampshire region of the U.S Northeast to Fergus, Ontario and attend Maurice Verkindt’s funeral. To Maurice Verkindt’s immediate family, extended family and many friends, I offer my deepest sympathies and some of my recollections of and experiences with Maurice in the following paragraphs.

I met Maurice (I knew him as Mr. Verkindt at the time) at the family home on Morpeth Road in Brampton around the year 1967. Not long before this I had acquired a new friend Glenn, around about our shared 15 years of age. My earliest memories of Maurice locate him at the head of the driveway of that family home with the upper part of his torso consumed by the engine compartment of an English Austin Mini. As I recall, there would have been 2 versions of these Austins on the property at that time, one of dad ownership and one of son’s. I recall committing some serious observation time involved with these 2 “Driveway Queen” project vehicles while both Maurice and Glenn slaved over their respective units. Of course I would have observed only a small fraction of the time that the Verkindt men devoted to these 4 wheelers.

Maurice took the technical lead in those early project years as it was this kind of hobby that had originally inspired his chosen professional career - technically maintaining commercial jet airliners. Maurice had joined Air Canada as an aircraft technician trainee in his mid twenties in 1953. Son Glenn developed rapidly into a skilled technician in his own right through the paternal tutelage afforded him during those Austin Mini project years. I fondly remember scooting around town holding down the front passenger seat of one of those project autos - a modified, red, Austin Mini, model 850 of early 1960’s vintage - while it was being navigated around street corners at relatively high induced g-force (fun) loads.

Maurice inherited from an earlier generation’s family member a very interesting recreational property. It is located on a lone beach on the north east end of a glacially carved out body of water, Silver Lake, just northeast of the Lake of the Woods and Kenora region of Northwestern Ontario. Although I have not shared many times there with Maurice, I do understand that he and his family have enjoyed many summer and shoulder months over the decades happily existing within its peaceful and quite remote wilderness environment. I can speak about this property somewhat as a novice, as Glenn has invited me, along with mutual friends, for several very enjoyable and relatively unparalleled for me, stays over the years.

On one particular occasion though, probably in the 1980’s, Glenn and I commandeered a small rental aircraft to visit that family cottage while Maurice and Lillian were ensconced there for the summer. Departing from the Toronto area, we overflew the cottage at Silver Lake at a relatively high altitude of about 5,000 feet above ground. We wished to remain inconspicuous to the proximity of ground level at this point, while at the same time spying on the couple’s proceedings. Once satisfied that we had completed our necessary reconnaissance, we then strategized on the tactics of our arrival announcement. We positioned our aircraft to the northeast of the cottage so as to shield our power off, dive descent while screened from the cottage by the forest of trees immediately behind it. We arrived at tree top level at a high forward speed pretty much just northeast of the cottage and slowed in our power off glide to a position right above the cottage. At this point, full engine power was applied for our desired effect waking the silence and startling our unsuspecting, soon to be hosts! Quite proud of achieving our concocted stealthy arrival we continued our aircraft’s climb out over Silver Lake along the short route to our aircraft’s resting point at the nearby Kenora Airport, acquired our rental vehicle and then proceeded on our maybe one hour’s drive to our hosts’, Glenn’s parents’, cottage. I seem to recall that Maurice got a kick out of our intrepid aircraft maneuver, but maybe conveniently, I don’t remember Lillian’s reaction?

As the years advanced, coincidentally, I chose a career in the airline business and joined the same company at a time when Maurice had been employed there for some 27 years, or so. We never actually crossed paths on the job though professionally - his employment base being Toronto - mine Montreal, during our overlapping years in the company employ.

Maurice and Lillian spent a significant part of their early retirement years at their property just north of the Bradenton area of west, central Florida. I understand that both husband and wife were avid golfers during those years. I did not have the opportunity to visit them at their Gulf Coast property, though I would see them over the years at family outings up to and including the latest New Year’s holiday period.

Over my 30 plus years with our mutual employer, I had become quite interested in the company’s history all the way back to its formation in 1937. Having read several documentary books recounting it’s evolution, Maurice and I then had plenty to share in “War” stories regarding the company’s development when meeting again at these successive family get togethers - me having read about them - Maurice actually having lived through and participated in some of them! I very much enjoyed and looked forward to our exclusive talks!

Maurice Verkindt will be greatly missed by his beloved family and many friends accumulated over his long and fruitful life.

Captain Paul J. Pennell
Air Canada (retired).

Nicole Verkindt Posted at 01:08pm

Love ya Paul, great tribute. You guys were all airplane buddies xoxox

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