Heinz was born in Mannheim, Germany. He met his wife, Charlotte, when they were 13 and began dating at 17. They were married May 12, 1951. They have three children, Ursula, Joanne and Robert, and five grandchildren, David, Christina, Michael, Willy and Maria. Heinz and Charlotte, as young children, both survived the difficult years of World War II. At 25, Heinz received a diploma as a Master Electronics Technician. In 1955, they started a new life in Montreal, Canada with their young daughter Ursula when Heinz was asked to work at Eatons as a technician and then quickly became a Manager. Over the next few years two more children arrived. With three kids, a great job, all was going great. But….Heinz knew there was something else out there! So they started another new life in 1963 when the family moved to California, USA. There, Heinz opened a small business called “Telecare” where he sold and repaired televisions and radios over the next 25 years. In 1978 they opened a second business, called “Charlotte’s European Delicatessen” where the best deli meats, cheeses and German salads could be found! In 1987, Heinz and Charlotte moved to Cle Elem, Washington where they opened a German restaurant called “The Matterhorn” and served the best Schnitzel and Red Cabbage in the world.
And finally, Heinz and Charlotte found their retirement spot in Hope,
British Columbia in 1996 living near the Coquihalla River. Heinz had a special love for animals. In California he rescued and adopted a Wooly monkey he named Sam. He also had a little Squirrel monkey named Willy. Heinz was a passionate reader of non-fiction and accumulated quite a collection of books. One of his special treats in life was beer. Heinz was passionate about his beer! He converted a small refrigerator with a special handle
through the door with a keg inside so that he could always serve cold beer any time with everyone. Heinz enjoyed the outdoors and would take long rides on his BMW motorcycle. He enjoyed skiing and camping and time at the beach. Heinz absolutely lived a full life and with the love of his life, his wife Charlotte. He will be dearly missed.