October 27, 1926 - September 11, 2022
Funeral Home Wojcik's Funeral Chapel
HERBERT ANDREW SCHON
Herbert Andrew Schon was born on October 27th, 1926, in Irma, Alberta. He passed peacefully in the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg on September 11th, 2022 “in his 96th year”. He was predeceased by his parents, Ludwig Andreas (Tish) and Sarah Jane Riley, as well as his sister, Phyllis Clark and brother, Don Schon. Sadly, their oldest son, Stewart, passed in 2006.
Dad is survived by his loving wife, Jane “Carol” Schon. Dad and mom were blessed with a large and wonderful family: 7 children, 17 grandchildren and 19 great grand children. Family meant everything to him. He was also delighted in his extended family and he loved them like they were his own children. Dad made every effort to stay connected with his life long friends. He was always interested in each person’s adventures. He loved to chat about all aspects of their lives.
His immediate family are:
STEWART Schon and Kathi Town;
Kim and Candice- Delaila, Duncan and Davis TownSchon
WENDY and Howard Soon;
Tricia and Chad- Zach, Connor and Maggie Buchanan
Elliot and Alicia- Aria and Evie Soon
SALLY and Rick Harman
NANCY and John Luross;
Jessica and Shayne- Jane, Jordan, Kate and Lucy Dueck
Sarah and Sean- Declan, Cohen and Ike Brandt
Tamara and Mike- Jacob and Lukas Schmidt
Tina and Jordan Lougheed
DOUG and Peggy Schon;
Karli and Tim- Oliver and Benjamin Friesen
ROB Schon and Allison Murdoch-Schon;
Emily Murdoch-Schon and Glenn Mills, Claire Schon
ERIC and Debbie Schon; Emma Schon, Maxine Schon and Mike Willcox, Madeline Schon and Dylan Morrow
Herb was born to Sarah, a prairie schoolteacher and Tish, a go-getter and entrepreneur. His siblings were older sister Phyllis and younger brother Don. Dad had a strict German and Irish upbringing which gave him his strong, determined character. Tish got a job at Lacombe as an elevator manager and later moved to the Powell River, Westview area. He built a family home on Marine Ave. and also created the Schon Grocery store. When WWII broke out, he served his country in England.
Herb went to elementary and high school in Powell River, B.C.
He worked a summer job in the forestry business for a lumber company at age 15. He was an incredibly intelligent, hardworking, and industrious person who wanted to learn new things and try to improve on others. He was a thinker. Dad earned his Bachelor of Forestry (BSF) in 1950 from the University of British Columbia. He met his sweetheart, Carol Murray at the university in the Varsity Outdoor Club and they were married on May 26th, 1951. They lived on a houseboat in Youbou, Vancouver Island. In their first two years of marriage, Stewart and Wendy were born in Duncan, B.C. Dad attended the University of Stanford in California on a full scholarship which was quite an achievement in 1955. He successfully completed his Masters of Business Administration.
Carol kept the children at her parent’s home on Blanca St., near the UBC campus, while she completed her Bachelors Degree in Arts.
When Dad returned from California, Sally was born. They settled the family at the Murray summer home in Crescent Beach while he worked in New Westminster at Scott Paper products.
Shortly after, Nancy was born in White Rock Memorial Hospital. Dad and mom purchased the first family home at 422 5th St. in New Westminster. Dad worked extremely hard providing for his family, improving the house, the garden, planting fruit trees and raising backyard chickens. As his family grew, Doug, Rob and Eric were born to complete their family of seven children. Dad was always looking forward to solving a problem and loved a project. He was interested in the world around him. He loved reading, especially the Globe and Mail. Dad was known for extending his dollar value…he was always looking for the economical way of doing things. He had a big family and by golly, he made it work. We were never short of anything; he built us a rowboat, a sailboat, a houseboat, and a trailer. He had us all jamming, canning and freezing fruits from the backyard and the Okanagan. He had us making sauerkraut and storing vegetables in barrels of sand over the winter.
Dad and mom met the best life-long friends in New Westminster. Vern and Sheila McDonald, Shirley and Walter McDonald and especially Evie and George Grimston. Herb and George enjoyed several hobbies together, the most rewarding being making wine. Holy Trinity Anglican Church in New Westminster became our church family, where we all attended regularly.
As Dad moved up the corporate ladder, he took a new job with Belkin Paper Box Limited. He resigned on principal, after being unwilling to fire a young man just before Christmas. Belkins didn’t want to lose him, so they kept him on part-time until he had a new job. While working part-time, he built two 40 ft. pontoons as a base for the houseboat he and George erected on the Fraser River.
One of the best and hardest decisions he ever made for his family was not accepting a full-time management job in Pineville, Louisiana. It was based on the prejudice they observed, the Vietnam war and the commitments our family had in Canada. Instead, he waited and was hired in 1972 by Manitoba Forestry Resources as their new Traffic Manager. To mom’s delight, his office was in Winnipeg. In the summer of 1972, dad and mom moved their family of five to a fabulous house on Oxford St. in Winnipeg where, once again, he raised back yard chickens. He continued to work until he retired at 58! Then he took up rental properties and bee keeping to fill his time. This freedom allowed them time to travel the world and so they did: New Zealand, Europe, France, Egypt, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Czechoslovakia, Barbados, Alaska and across Canada to B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, PEI, and Niagara Falls. A special memory for all the grandchildren was spending their ninth summers in Winnipeg with Grandma and Grandpa.
Wherever dad was, he was always involved in the community. The church committees at St. Aidan’s and Holy Trinity Cathedral, St. Aidan’s building committees, The Masons in New Westminster, the Boy Scouts of Canada and Friends Housing Board. He was advocating, supporting and active on the Friends Housing Board until the end of his life. He supported the St. Aidan’s Church and their Christian School in downtown Winnipeg from the start. He was a giver and a doer.
He was a man on a mission and liked to keep active. Over the years, he remained busy. Dad designed and built an all-weather chicken coop in which he kept egg-laying hens, for him to enjoy well into his 90’s. The neighbours enjoyed ‘hush’ eggs as well. He loved living a full life. We have been blessed with his presence. He dearly loved his wife and he will be greatly missed.
The family would like to thank the staff at Victoria Hospital 4th floor Geriatric Rehab for the amazing care they provided to Herb.
A celebration of his life will be held at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 274 Campbell St. on Friday October 28th at 1:00 pm. with a light luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friend’s Housing Inc. www.friendshousinginc.ca in Herb’s honour.