Norbert Heinrich Martin Diener
January 15, 1934 – May 31, 2021


Bert was a fun and funny man and loved by all. He left home early in WWII and lived on his wits for most of the war. He had a great piece of advice for the rest of us. When you’re riding into Berlin on a Russian T34 tank, don’t sit over the engine… it’s too hot. Good advice. He had nine lives. I remember him driving a snowmobile over thin ice and it just peeled up behind him. He made it. Got pinned in a coal mine in Germany. Two ton coal car. Almost killed him. Got out of East Berlin a week before the Russians closed it off. Got bombed by the Allies. He immigrated to Canada in the mid Sixties. No English. Ended up at Durisol Ltd, Mitchell. Then on to Chris Craft as a quality control technician. He built a couple of nice houses. Not sure how he learned how to do that. Ran a Farrow to finish Hog farm. That was tough. I was there. He finally retired and with his lovely wife, Faye, They traveled the four corners of North America in an old motor home that somehow, Bert managed to keep running. He loved Smoked Pork Hocks and Pig tails. A gentle Giant, A Man amongst men. A life well lived. You will be sorely missed Opa. He is survived by his children; Chris McCann and Laurie, Ben, Mackenzie, Abby and Katie; Matt McCann, Erin, Jordan, Lauren, Harper and Lillian; Justin, Jamie and Jared; Jason McCann, Nate McCann; Good friend Shannon McCann. Predeceased By his parents and his brother Peter. 

Bert will be laid to rest at God’s Holy Acre, St. James Anglican Church. Donation in his memory may be made the Canadian Diabetes Association or Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411


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