Come To Me
God saw you getting tired,
and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you
and whispered, “Come To Me.”
With tearful eyes we watched you.
Saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
Hans passed away peacefully at Trenton Memorial Hospital on February 27th at 11:07am with his wife and children by his side. He leaves behind his wife Ann Marie of 26 years, children Christian and Shannon Kungl from his previous marriage to Bev McMullan, mother Anna Kungl (nee Schmidt), brothers Werner and Helmut, son-in-law, Dave Daigle, grandchildren Jordan and Bryson (Shannon & Dave’s kids) and cousins Rolfe Kungl and his sister Renata of Canada. He also has a cousin in Germany, Walter Schragner, and was godfather to Walter’s son Thomas. Hans’ father Johann Kungl passed when Hans was just 19, and older sister Hannelore Kungl passed when she was just 8 from Polio (Hans was 4). Sad times for the family, especially his mom. He became “father” to younger brother Helmut.
Hans was born in Austria and arrived in Montreal, Canada from Germany with his parents when he was just 2 years old. He grew up in Montreal and at age 15 he returned to Germany to attend private school. He studied dentistry but did not take final exam, came back to Montreal Canada at age 24. He was also an amateur boxer between ages 16-18, but quickly realized it was not a sport for him. He moved to Toronto where he met Brock Townsend and Bob Pegg (AKA the 3 musketeers) and in the mid 70’s joined Bank of Montreal where he worked his way up the ladder, and was a Senior Manager when he retired in 2000. I met Hans in April 1994 at the bank where he was my manager, and became my husband in August 1995.
He had many talents, he can build and fix just about anything, only exception was roofing, he did not like heights. He could do plumbing, electrical, any kind of flooring, wood, tile, laminate, he can paint, hang wall paper, built many decks. Hans, Ann Marie and Bruce Mackie did an entire basement for a friend (floor to ceiling).
He also had many friends, but a very small circle of close friends. Those who really knew him understood that he was a very generous, loyal, kind and caring person who believed in being fair to a fault. He was meticulous in every way, including his appearance. He was the most organized person I knew at work and at home.
He loved fishing and could spend an entire day on the water just sitting there in his boat with either or both of his best fishing buddies, Dieter Kempter (deceased in 1996 from cancer) or Gabor Bacsfalusi whom he grew up with in Montreal. His other love was sushi and Chinese food, but he also developed a taste for curry and roti, garlic pork and pepperpot (with oxtail and pigs feet), three typical West Indian foods, another favourite was German style pork hock, which he and his two brothers all loved. Last but not least, was his love for chocolate and ice-cream (Haagen-Dazs coffee), he would finish an entire tub in one sitting. It was heartbreaking when he was no longer able to indulge in his favourite foods.
He survived Lung cancer surgery in November 2013, at Toronto General Hospital. He received chemo, and radiation treatments until about April 2014 at Princess Margaret & Mount Sinai. Then in July of 2017, was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Began more chemo treatments every 2 weeks at Kingston Hospital, then switched to Belleville Hospital and continued until January 0f 2020. He was a fighter and never complained about the treatments, and was at least fortunate to tolerate the chemo without side effects. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.
RIP Hans!! We love you and miss you, and we will meet again to continue our journey wherever it leads. Ann Marie waits for your next visit. Werner and the kids are still waiting for a visit.
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