December 18, 2015
Hans Peter Werder

Hans Peter Werder passed away on Dec. 15, 2013, at the age of 67, after two-year battle with cancer.

Survived by his loving wife Bethy Cruz, his brother Bernhard in Switzerland, his children Daniel (Karin), Joy (Derek), Peter (Julia) and Monique (Chris), and his grandchildren Ezra, Julian, Levi, Noah, Joel, Nathan, Olivia and Rachel. Predeceased by his first wife Mathilda (Tilly) Werder, nee Heeringa.

Hans Peter was born on Sept. 17, 1946 in Switzerland. He moved to Canada in 1964. He was a proud member of the Landscape Ontario Growers’ Group. He had worked for several nurseries during his almost 30 year career, including Connon AVK and Aldershot Greenhouses. Hans Peter retired in September 2011 from Pan American Nursery Products, where he was head grower.

While most knew him as H.P, he was also known as a gentle and kind man, who enjoyed talking about sports. During his short retirement, he regularly visited the nursery to walk the grounds and chat with staff. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him personally and professionally.

As a fellow employee and friend, Mark Stephens put it so eloquently, “I’m sure the gardens look a little better in heaven, now that H.P. has arrived."

A memorial service was held at the Marlatt  Funeral Home in Hamilton, on Dec. 22, 2013.