Tuesday, March 13, 2018
ERIVAN HAUB September 29, 1932 - March 6, 2018
Erivan Haub, 85, of Wiesbaden, Germany, passed away amongst family on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Pinedale, Wyoming. Born in 1932 in Wiesbaden, Germany, to Elisabeth and Erich Haub, he became one of the most successful German business entrepreneurs, building The Tengelmann Group into an international retail empire spanning Europe and North America, including The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P).
After graduating high school, he completed his retail apprenticeship and then entered a traineeship program in North America in the early 1950s, where he fell in love with the country while working at several prominent food retailers in Chicago and Los Angeles and for an import-export company in Cuba. Following his return home, he studied at the University of Hamburg under famous economist Prof. Karl Schiller and graduated from the University of Mainz with a degree in economics. But more importantly than his degree, he met his future wife and love of his life, Helga, while studying in Hamburg and they got married in 1958. They were blessed with three boys, Karl-Erivan, Georg and Christian, who were all born in Tacoma, Washington and cemented his lifelong love for America.
Erivan entered the family business in Germany in 1963 and following the death of his uncle in 1969, he assumed the leadership of the Tengelmann Group in the fourth generation, and immediately began to expand the company, which at this point was a mid-sized food retail business operating just in Germany. He skillfully grew the company by acquiring key competitors and launching innovative new concepts to become Germany's largest supermarket operator. In 1979, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of expanding to America by investing in The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, the country's oldest supermarket business. He continued to diversify The Tengelmann Group expanding his food retail business across Europe, investing into home improvement retail enterprise OBI in Germany and launching the clothing discount retailer KiK. After the fall of the Berlin Wall he entered new markets in eastern Europe, fueling the company's growth culminating in The Tengelmann Group becoming one of the largest privately-owned retail companies in the world.
Besides pursuing his business goals, he also was passionate about the environment. Inspired by his mother, Elisabeth, who was one of the first environmentalists in Germany in the late 1960s, he embraced sustainable business practices throughout his business enterprise long before they became mainstream and won numerous awards and recognition for his leadership in this area. He went on to create the world's first university chair in business and the environment at York University in Toronto, Canada in 1991. Together with his wife, he established the Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming in 2004.
In order to strengthen the German-American relationship, he first established the Erivan Karl Haub Executive Conference Center at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia in 1988 followed by the Haub School of Business in 1997. He also became a lead benefactor of the The George C. Marshall International Center in Leesburg, Virginia. For his accomplishments in fostering the German-American friendship he received the Dr. Leo M. Goodman Award by the American Chamber of Commerce in 1996. At Pace University in New York, he helped to establish the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in 2016, to honor his mother and to support their highly regarded environmental law program.
In 2004, the Federal Republic of Germany awarded him the Federal Cross of Merit, Germany's highest civil award for his lifetime achievements and contributions in business, culture, society and especially for the environment.
At the beginning of the new millennium, Erivan transferred the leadership of The Tengelmann Group to his sons, Karl-Erivan and Christian, and took over the role of Chairman of the company's advisory board. Following his 80th birthday and after 50 years of successful engagement in the retail industry, he retired and retreated into private life.
Erivan Haub was a very generous philanthropist during his life supporting the well-being of his many tens of thousands of employees and embracing many causes in the communities his company served. He was an avid collector of American Western Art, a love he developed during the time he spent on his ranch in Wyoming where he raised a herd of American bison.
Together with his family, he decided to donate his collection to the Tacoma Art Museum as a sign of gratitude towards the community he first found a home at in America.
He passed away peacefully on his beloved ranch in Pinedale, Wyoming and will be thoroughly missed by all who knew him. Erivan is survived by his wife, Helga; his son, Karl-Erivan and his wife, Katrin, with their children, Viktoria and Erivan; his son, Georg with his children, Robert, Alexander and Sarina; and his son, Christian and his wife, Liliane with their children, MarieLiliane, Maximilian, Anna-Sophia and Constantin.
HEWETT LITTLEJOHN B.A., LL.B. , Q.C. September 17, 1930 March 6, 2018
It is with sadness that the family of Hewett (Hew) Littlejohn announces his passing. Hew died on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in his eighty-eighth year, leaving this world with courage, dignity, and grace, knowing that he was deeply loved by his family.
Hew was one of three children.
Born to Edward and Margaret Osborne (née Lind), Hew grew up in Toronto. Predeceased by his older brother, Edward (Ted) Littlejohn; Hew will be missed by his dear sister, Marnie Wigle.
Hew lived a full life. In his youth, he was a proud member of the 1949 Lawrence Park Collegiate city-wide championship football team. He graduated (B.A.) from Victoria College, University of Toronto where he pledged as a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He graduated from Osgoode Hall (LL.B.) in 1958 and enjoyed a long career as a lawyer in London, Ontario. Hew was honoured with the Queen's Counsel designation and was highly respected and valued by his many clients, embodying the finest qualities of trust, loyalty, and integrity. These traits also made Hew a true and stalwart friend: he valued his friendships, some of over seventy years, dearly.
Throughout his life in London, Hew quietly dedicated many volunteer hours to various organizations. He was appointed a lifetime member of both the Victoria Hospital Corporation and the Salvation Army and served as President of the Estate Planner's Council. As an avid and accomplished golfer, Hew was a past President of the London Hunt and Country Club, served as a Director of the London Club, and was, until very recently, President of the Board of Directors of Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Hew had a deep concern for the welfare of others, and he was proud to see this value embraced by the next generations of his family.
Hew remained a devoted husband to his wife of almost fifty-eight years, Catherine. He will be remembered lovingly by her and their four children, Robert (Catherine Glynn-Littlejohn), James 'Jay' (Catherine Bower), Elizabeth, and Mary Walsh (John).
Hew took great delight in his grandchildren, William, David, and Andrew, Cayley, Riley, and Cameron; along with stepgrandson, John Robert. He will be remembered as a strong and witty presence who brought great joy to all who gathered at the family cottage in Muskoka. Hew loved and embraced his entire extended family.
Hew was a true gentleman and gentle man. He left this world with the certain knowledge that he was deeply loved.
Visitation will take place at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St James Street, London, Ontario, Friday, March 16, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
A celebration of life will be conducted at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church (280 St James Street, London, Ontario) Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m., to be followed by a reception at the London Hunt and Country Club (1431 Oxford St West, London Ontario). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 371 King Street, London, ON N6B 1S4 or London Health Sciences Foundation, 747 Baseline Rd. E., London, ON N6C 2R6.
Surrounded by her loving family, Garie Seymour (nee Hay) died on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, from gallbladder cancer.
Garie was born on May 19, 1942 in Chatham, New Brunswick to Edith (nee Keating) and Gara Hay, who was killed in World War II, four months later. Christened Loretta, Garie chose to adopt her father's first name as her own as a young girl. She will be deeply missed by her beloved husband of 52 years, Ronald James Seymour; her three children, Jeff (Tracy), Rhea (Kirk) and David (Dani); her granddaughter, Sophie Gara; siblings, Kate (Doug) Wray, Kim (Mike) Gebara, Norie (Terry) MacDonald, Paula (Harshad) MacDonald, Scott MacDonald; and many cousins and nieces and nephews.
Garie treasured all of her friendships, including those with Mary Lynn and Jim Williams, Cathy and Paul Standring, Art Devlin and the "Oakville Golf Gang," Annie Walsh and Alan, the Millcroft Ladies Club, and childhood friends Ellen Marie Currie and Sally Caty.
Mum lived a charmed life, which in recent years included spending winters with RJ at Vanderbilt Beach in Naples, Florida. She was a wonderful mother to her three children and a doting GG to her only grandchild, Sophie.
A fantastic cook and the ultimate hostess, she loved entertaining friends and family and could always be counted on to get the dancing started in the kitchen.
A private family mass will take place at St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church, 2261 Parkway Dr., Burlington, Ontario. Visitation will be held at Smith's Funeral Home (1167 Guelph Line, Burlington, Ontario) on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at Smith's Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 1 p.m., with a reception to follow.
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Ted Stringer, dearly beloved husband and best friend of 29 years to Elsa. Incredible father to Brad and Diana. Adoring grandfather to Jade and Skyler.
Kind son-in-law to Barbara Stark and the late Benny Stark and dear brother-in-law of Stephen Stark and the late Patti Stark. Loving stepfather to Lori Grossman and Achim Hoffmann, Michael and Alyssa Grossman, Sarah and Dave Stoller. Step-grandfather to Piper Hoffmann and Benny Grossman.
Predeceased by his beloved parents, Abraham and Lena Stringer; and brother, Dr. Paul Stringer. Caring friend to Scotty Honeyman.
Heartfelt thanks to all of the exceptional doctors for their unending support and unparalleled care over the past many years.Doctors: Mary Gospodarowicz, Michael Crump, Barry Rubin, Harry Rakowski, Geoff Litner, Michael Gillinsky, the late Michael Weinstock, and many others that are too numerous to mention.
Ted was a highly respected labour lawyer and senior partner of the firm Stringer, Brisbin, Humphrey.
He loved travelling, cycling with his Team Targah buddies, good wine and art. An elegant and sophisticated man of great integrity who was loved by all who knew him well.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elsa and Ted Stringer Fund at the Princess Margaret Hospital 416-946-6560.
For funeral details please contact Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel 416-663-9060 or http://www.benjamins.ca.
Deceased March 13, 1989.
For thy sweet love remember'd.
Love, Marion and Victoria.