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55 Mill Street East
Acton, ON L7J 1H4
Phone: 519-853-0350 / 1-877-421-9860
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Hans Kuechler

Hans Kuechler

Saturday, July 29th, 1939 Thursday, February 25th, 2021

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Obituary for Hans Kuechler

KUECHLER, Hans
July 29, 1939 – February 25, 2021

On February 25, 2021, Hans “Poops” Kuechler, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, slipped into eternal life following a long battle with Parkinson's and a short battle with COVID.

Hans was born in Germany in 1939 to Friedrich and Gertrude Kuechler. He emigrated to Canada in 1952 with his family. They eventually settled into a comfortable home on Lake Wilcox near Aurora, a place where he and his own family would enjoy visiting for many years in every season.

On October 16, 1965, Hans married Susan Nash and together they moved to Acton and raised two sons, first living in town when the boys were little and later moving to their country home near Speyside. There, they had the perfect setting to tinker with cars, trucks, tractors, log splitters, chainsaws, snowmobiles, and assorted other toys. It served the boys well, as both grew up to pursue successful careers in the automotive industry. Just like their dad did.

Hans began his automotive career with Autosport around 1960. As a mechanic specializing in European cars, he was known for bringing home a different car every week. In his spare time, he provided pit support for prominent racing drivers in the 1960’s at Mosport International Raceway and at “The Glen” (Watkins Glen International). Next came a storied career spanning several decades at Mercedes Benz Canada. Hans set the stage for what customer care should look like, and was known by his customers and his staff for his dedication to them and always ensuring they were well taken care of.

An avid motorsports fan, Hans rarely missed the broadcast of a Formula One race and even attended them with his sons during the few recent years they were held in North America. His annual trips to NASCAR races in Michigan became a tradition for him, his sons, and his grandchildren. Sometimes, they baked under the scorching summer sun and sometimes they drowned in monsoon-like rains, but always they made memories eating ice cream and hunting for treasures at the race flea markets.

Hans was affectionately known to his friends and family as “Poops”, a long-standing nickname affectionately given to him by his wife. But, his neighbor and partner-in-hijinx, Bill Yundt, made that nickname stick and soon enough everyone was using it. Bill and Poops enjoyed building, demolishing, tinkering, puttering, and sharing good times and great laughs. If we can be sure of one thing, it is that Bill has met Hans at the pearly gates with a great joke and they are enjoying a sweet reunion.

When it came to grandparenting, Hans set the gold standard. Giving the kids tractor rides, joining them on snowmobiling trips, and happily attending countless dance recitals, band concerts, theatre productions, baseball games, and hockey games were just a few of his superpowers. He will forever be remembered for teaching them to blow the paper wrapper from drinking straws in crowded restaurants … and smiling sweetly when it landed on someone else’s plate. Never, ever was he without a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his face, and joy in his heart.

In and around Acton, Hans shared his quiet charm, easygoing attitude, and endless practical skills as a volunteer. He never said no and could be counted on to overcome the biggest hurdles to make sure that every show would go on. He was a long-standing member of the Acton Agricultural Society and an Acton Fall Fair volunteer for decades, including serving as Fair President and operating the Fair’s beer tent fundraiser. He also served the Salvation Army Church in Acton in multiple capacities, and was known as the master of sound and lights for their holiday events and weekly services. Whatever needed to be done, he was always at the ready.

Ever pragmatic, Hans had one of everything and a gadget on hand to fix virtually any problem.
What we learned from him over and over was to go with the flow, improvise, and share without hesitation. Perhaps most importantly, we learned to never leave home without candy in your pocket.

Hans is survived by his wife, Susan, as well as his sons Peter (Maria) of Michigan and Brian (Keri) of Acton, his grandchildren Emma, Matthew, Nathan, and Jacob, his brother Michael of Pfefferlaw, Ontario, his sister Gabriela (Rick Dell) of Tiny, Ontario, and many nieces and nephews.

Hans is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Angelika, his niece, Kate, his great-niece, Lucy, and his dear friends, Bill and Topher Yundt.

Hans’ family is sincerely grateful for the tireless and attentive care provided by the nurses, doctors, and staff of Georgetown Hospital. For your compassion and expertise, they are forever grateful.

Due to current COVID conditions, a celebration of life will be held at a future date. For those so inclined, donations to the Salvation Army are very much appreciated.

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My condolences to Mike and the rest of the family from one of your old next door neighbors, Heiko Peschel, Foothill Ranch CA
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Debbie Kalinics

Susan and family - Our thoughts and hearts are with you and your family now and always Les and Debbie Kalinics (Bill Yundt’s daughter)
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Arden Nerling

My deepest condolences to you Susan, Peter, Brian and families. I had the pleasure of first working with Hans as a summer student many years ago at Mercedes-Benz Yorkville. His strong work ethic, customer care, passion for everything he did and sense of humour was hugely exemplary. He made a positive, profound and lasting impression on me. He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you for strength, comfort, peace and hope during these difficult days.
Arden and Carol Nerling
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Dominic Noronha

My sincere condolence to the Kuechler family. I will always remember the great times I had with Hans at work. Truly a great mentor and a very patient man.
I will miss him but he will always be in my prayers.
Dominic and Corrine Noronha.
Dominic and Corrine Noronha
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Susan Bedard

My most sincere condolences to you Susan, Peter, Brian and families. When I think of Hans, I think of the greatest boss and mentor of all times! Hans cared about people. He would never expect anyone to do something that he was not prepared to do himself. At MB you will always meet people that when praised or complimented will say "I was taught by the best - Hans Kuechler! Han’s humour was well known and his ability to tell a great story, usually about something he messed up or a great prank with friends or family, was always a good laugh! Hans, with great respect – until we meet again.
Susan Bedard
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