With deepest sadness, Carl Kraus’ family announce his peaceful passing on January 6, 2023 at Pinehaven Nursing Home, Waterloo at the age of 86 years. Beloved husband and soulmate for 63 years of Joan of Elmira; cherished Dad of Deb (John) Goddard of Hanover, Bryan (Michelle) of Kitchener, and the late Wendy Price (2001) of Kitchener. Carl is survived by his siblings Elizabeth Jupp of Kitchener, Henry of Kingston, Edward (Shirley) of Stratford, and Leonard of RR 5, Stratford. Beloved Grandpa of Darcy Price (Josh), Christopher Price, Darien (Alisha), Olivia (Jordan), and Jared Goddard. He was also the proud Great-Grandpa of Lilly and Dylan Kraus. Predeceased by siblings Mary Young and Tom, both of Guelph. Carl was born in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan on March 10, 1936 and then moved with his parents Carl and Mary (Toth) to Ontario when he was ten. The family settled on a small farm outside of Winterbourne. Carl met Joan (Stickney) of North Woolwich at a local dance. They married in 1959 and raised their family in Winterbourne. Carl was known affectionately to his friends as the Mayor of Winterbourne. Carl and Joan resided there for 53 years before their 2015 move into Elmira. Carl worked at Conestoga Ford Tractor in Waterloo for many years, then at Zettles Tractor in Guelph until he took an early retirement to enjoy other hobbies. He was a true mechanics’ mechanic as he basically worked on anything that moved on roads or fields. He loved restoring old vehicles in his later years. He could always be found tinkering in his large garage but he was rarely alone as ones of all ages would drop by to visit and pick his brain about some mechanical problem that they had. Carl was a longtime member of the Elmira Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and loved learning and sharing scriptural thoughts; for example Psalm 121 and John 5:28 – 29. He is fondly remembered by family, neighbours old and new, and many friends of all ages for his stories, hearty laughs, ready smiles and joyful spirit. His family extends their deepest appreciation to the Pinehaven Team Members and to Dr. Maidment for the loving compassionate care given to Carl during his seven years of residency. Thank you all for the many lovely comforting expressions of sympathy and for sharing your own fond memories of Carl; it is so appreciated. Condolences and shared memories can be sent to email@example.com or cards for the family can be addressed to the Dreisinger Funeral Home. All who wish to honour his memory may consider making a donation to the Alzheimer Society, or the Worldwide Work of Jehovah’s Witnesses. There will be no visitation. A private gathering will be held at a later date to honour Carl, and a Memorial Tree will be planted locally.
‘Grandfathers are just antique little boys’