Kuntz, Bert (N.E.)
Passed away peacefully at his home in Port Elgin on Sunday, August 27th, 2023 after a lengthy illness at the age of 79. Loved husband of 57 years to Pat (nee Voll) Kuntz, father to Tricia (Dave) McEwan and Michael (Kim) Kuntz. Cherished Grandpa to Cole, Morgan and Bryce McEwan and Kyla and Peyton Kuntz. Survived by his many siblings, their spouses, nieces, nephews and sister-in-law.
Bert was born to Jerome and Vera Kuntz and raised on the family farm in Deemerton in Bruce County, moving to Kitchener in his late teens, working in construction. He joined the Kitchener Fire Department in 1966 and enjoyed a lengthy and rewarding career, retiring as Fire Chief in March, 2002. Upon retirement, he took a six month contract to work for the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office that lasted six years. He earned many accreditations including ones from Western University, University of British Columbia, and a Diploma in Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University.
Never one to sit around, he always had a project on the go. Over the years Bert volunteered his time with the Ayr Curling Club (President), Port Elgin Curling Club, and the Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby Committee. He was a member of the Kitchener Knights of Columbus, the Lake Huron Fishing Club and The Canadian Brewerianists, scouring the province looking for items to add to his extensive collection of Kuntz Brewery items. An avid curler he played in many leagues and bonspiels, one of his most memorable moments was scoring a prized 8-ender.
In his retirement Bert enjoyed woodworking, making many furniture pieces for family members. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and loved going fishing with family and friends, including trips to Dora Lake Lodge in Cochrane Ontario. Bert also spent endless hours fishing on his pride and joy, his Lake Huron boat named Fire Fly.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Bert’s family invites you to join in a celebration of his life on Friday, September 1st, 2023 from 1-5pm at the Royal Canadian Legion 630 Green Street, Port Elgin, ON, with words of remembrance at 2pm.
If desired, donations can be made in his name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Canadian Lung Association.