Gunter Kunde
Gunter Kunde
Gunter Kunde

Obituary of Gunter Kunde

KUNDE, Gunter Erwin Heinz - On Monday, October 1st, 2018, Gunter Erwin Heinz Kunde took his last flight, peacefully at home in the arms of a very dear friend, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Gunter was, to the best of his knowledge, predeceased by all relatives.

He was born in Prussia, Germany on November 4, 1931 and came to Canada on May 4th, 1957, landing in Bremerhaven, Quebec.

In 1965 Gunter received his Canadian Citizenship. In 1968 after achieving his diesel hydraulic license and his car mechanic's license, he opened a business called All Hydraulics, and in 1978 opened Triple K Hydraulics.

Gunter loved to dance, be it square dance, jive, waltz, polka, you name it. He also very much loved flying. On July 29, 1967 he received his student pilot permit and continued flying and achieved his full pilots license.

In 1984 Gunter purchased a Globe Swift which he flew until a short time ago. He flew often out of the Smiths Falls-Montaque Airport where he kept his plane. When sickness stopped him from flying he would drive to the airport almost every day just to watch the planes or give someone a hand with a repair.

When Gunter wasn't flying, he was out riding his motorbike or in the later years, his scooter, out for a pleasure drive in the car, or just basking in the sun.

For the past six years, Gunter drove to Ottawa on a weekly basis for accordion lessons, and on occasion played in a concert with his fellow students.

He loved and appreciated nature and a "hot" black coffee.

Gunter will be greatly missed by Lois and all the Strickland family, by his neighbours and friends in his neighbourhood, by fellow pilots and friends at the airport, the many square dance clubs, the Sunday dance group, the German Club, and I'm sure many more.

In memory of Gunter, donations to the Smiths Falls-Montaque Airport would be appreciated. A potluck dinner to celebrate Gunter's Life will be held at the Airport Clubhouse, 102 Van Exan Drive, Smiths Falls, on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 1 PM (doors open at 12 Noon).