In Memory of



Obituary for Ferdinand Goeres

In loving memory of our dear father, Ferdinand Goeres, it is with profound sadness that we announce his peaceful departure from this world on January 8, 2024. He will be deeply missed by his children Carla (Norbert) and Carrie (Glenn).

Also mourning his loss are siblings Philipp (Hertha) Goeres, Reynold Goeres, Lilli (Achim) Kemmesies and his many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his extended family Alfred (Charlotte) Lange, Eleanor (Harvey) Elke, Art (Edith) Lange and many, many friends.

Ferdinand was predeceased by his wife Elfrieda Goeres, parents Philipp and Maria Goeres as well as his siblings Maria(Johann) Mueller, Johann, Rudolf, Heinz and Andreas, George Goeres, Jacob and Heinz Adam and Ida (Walter) Zweigle

Ferdinand was born on March 15, 1938 in Scholtoi Romania where he spent his first 3 years. He was one of 13 children of a yours/mine/ours blended family. When World War 2 broke out, the family moved from place to place suffering much hardship and loss. They eventually resettled as displaced people in Frestedt Holstein, West Germany where they lived for 7 years in 1 room of a farmer’s home. Life for Ferdinand along with the younger children was peaceful and carefree. It gave them a chance to go to school and be kids again. Ferdinand spent every second of his free time playing soccer. As refugees, there was little hope of a bright and glorious future there and so when Canada opened its door, Ferdinand’s older brothers immigrated to Canada and settled on a farm in East St. Paul . In time they were able to save enough money to sponsor Ferdinand, his parents, and siblings to come. Ferdinand was 13 when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the Beaverbrae. It was one of the most exciting adventures of his life. It was wonderful living in a home again and having some land for farming. Ferdinand was highly motivated to learn the English language as it was lonely and frustrating not being able to communicate with those around him.

There were also no government supports and so everyone went to work to help sustain the family. Ferdinand worked for the Schneeberger furniture factory and then through the family dentist was able to get work as an apprentice with National Publishers as a printer and then later on at Wallingford Press and Mercury Press. Ferdinand was a very conscientious and hard working employee and loved his job. His hard work, integrity and loyalty were his trademark. He always did what was right whether people were watching or not.

Ferdinand and his family attended the Church of God. The German messages were powerful. Ferdinand along with his parents and siblings gave their lives to the Lord. Church services became the week’s highlight. The family made many friends through church.

Ferdinand met his wife Elfrieda through the church and got married in 1966. Throughout their 52 years, Ferdinand left an example of what it meant to be a good and faithful husband. He was the epitome of patience, humbleness, hard-work - always putting God first and trusting that God would provide in all areas of life. And God did. When his wife became terminally ill, he stopped working (a job he loved) and threw himself whole heartily into caring for her. He never once complained as to how hard this was or what he was missing out on.

Ferdinand loved singing and humbly accepted the challenge of conducting the mixed and men’s choirs at church. He took this job very seriously and served the Lord in this capacity for 34 years. Ferdinand was a very dedicated and humble leader and tried very hard to keep peace with everyone. He especially enjoyed the many choir trips throughout Canada. Taking the choir to Mexico was a definite highlight. The blessings that followed and overflowed from that experienced were evidence that God was the ultimate conductor in this event. Ferdinand also had the privilege of singing in a quartet that sang on the church’s radio program.

Ferdinand was a wonderful father. He was a quiet and humble man who led by example and instilled life lessons that will never be forgotten. He was always there to help with whatever needed to be done. We knew we could always depend on him day or night when we would run into trouble. His door was always open. Although most would say our dad took life very seriously, he had a wonderful sense of humor.

Ferdinand had a sense of adventure and loved going on “family reunions” each year especially once his daughters were married. Ferdinand loved his son-in-laws very much. He was so proud of them and was always concerned and looking out for them. The blessing they shared was mutual.

Ferdinand taught his family to pray and take time for God. He lived an example of faith and we know his prayers protected us in ways we won’t know until we are in heaven. He would remind us that God rewards those that put Him first in their lives with his favourite Bible verse:Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

Words cannot express how much Ferdinand will truly be missed. He will be lovingly remembered. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 15, 2024 at the Concordia Church of God, 705 Concordia Avenue. Interment to follow at the Elmwood Cemetery.

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