February 15, 2014
Hans Peter Werder passed away on Dec. 15, 2013, at the age of 67, after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.

He is survived by his 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. He was predeceased by his first wife Mathilda (Tilly) Werder.

Hans Peter Werder 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 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.

Most knew him as H.P., 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.”