December 12th, 1971 to August 4, 2007.

It is with a profound sense of loss and great sadness that the Wendt family announces the sudden passing of Toni, 35 years old in Yarrow. He is survived by his parent’s Willi and Monika and his brother, Armin. He will be greatly missed by the Tutt Family and his long-time friend Darrel Jensen as well as numerous friends in Chilliwack and Hope.

The measure of a man’s life is not how long he lived but the affect he had on people and how he touched them. Toni was born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and has resided in the Hope and Chilliwack area since 1981. He attended Hope Secondary and graduated in 1989. Having been a Truck Driver and transitioning to a Ferrier in 2002, he touched many people with his quick wit, zest for life, meticulous and dedicated hard work. He had a commanding presence and self-assured attitude so to know him was to love him.

An “open house” casual gathering of Toni’s family and friends to celebrate his life will be held at the Tutt Farm, 6006 Unsworth Road in Chilliwack on the 19th of August anytime after 2:00 pm.

You can shed tears that he is gone, you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he will return, or open your eyes and see all that he has left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, or you can be full of the life that you have shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember him and only that he’s gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what he would want … open your eyes, love and go on.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Children’s Hospital Foundation or the BC Therapeutic Riding Assoc. in Toni’s name.

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