Manfred Heinz Gros
1934 ~ 2011
Manfred Gros died peacefully at the East Kootenay Hospital on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at the age of 77 years.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house there are many mansions. John 14:2
He was born in Villingen, Germany in 1934 to the late Heinrich Gros and the late Anna Munding. He immigrated to Canada in 1956 where he met and married Meta Mantei, his wife of nearly 54 years.
Manfred was the owner of the Shuswap Bakery in Salmon Arm, BC, and the Country Bakery in Armstrong, BC, where he built a community reputation for quality European baked goods, wedding cakes and gourmet chocolates. He was also an accomplished musician who played many instruments including the violin, guitar, saxophone, trumpet and harmonica. He passed this love of music as a lasting legacy to his children, grandchildren and many friends. His family also remembers his innate ability to bond with animals, and his great fondness for his many pet dogs and horses. Most of all, he is loved and remembered for his warmth, generosity and humour.
Manfred is the beloved father of Monica (Don) Dahl, Marcella (Martin) Weber, Marvin (Heidrun) Gros and Michael (Tara) Gros. He is the proud and loving grandfather of Steffyn (Reshina) Schimann, Daniella (Cory) McEwan, Torian Schimann, Alexandra Gros, Drew Everett, Natasha Gros, Maxwell Gros and Sophia Gros, and doting great-grandfather to August McEwan and Lily McEwan.
He is survived, and will be dearly missed, by his three brothers Berndt (Carol) Gros, Joachim Buetzer and Ruediger (Isabell) Gros. He will be fondly remembered by his brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces and countless friends.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to The Valley Funeral Home.