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Obituary for Herbert Willi Probst

Herbert Willi Probst - March 21, 1940 to January 19, 2024
Herb’s life was full and interesting. Born at the beginning of World War 2 in Braunschweig, Germany, Herb spent his first five years with his mother and four siblings 500 kilometres from their home in Volklingen. He had three careers: Assistant to the professors at the University of Saarbrucken, Germany (1954-60), Auto Body Repairer, Welder and Painter in Toronto (1960- 1983) and a High School Teacher (1985 to 2001). He achieved a High School Diploma and a Diploma in Technical Education from the University of Toronto at the age of 45. Herb is survived by Katie, his wife of 47 years, and sons Robert (Nicole), Christopher (Debbie) and Gregory. He is Opa to grandchildren Isabelle, Harrison and Everett. Our son, Karl (1977), predeceased him on August 25, 2023. Herb will be missed by Katie’s siblings and by many nieces and nephews and their families in Canada and in Germany. He was the last surviving Probst in his generation. Herb’s life was very active in a variety of community and church based groups, including Knights of Columbus, Brock Community Care and Kinsmen. He was also active in youth sports for many years, volunteering as a Coach and Manager for his son’s teams and a chauffeur for his sons and grandchildren. Herb overcame many surgeries and health challenges with tenacity and will power. He continued to volunteer and travel the world. Herb never lost the smile on his face (nor the mustache) and he never ceased to be generous with his time and talents to anyone in need. Sadly, Herb suffered a massive stroke on January 13th . Father Michael, Katie and Christopher said the prayers for the Sacrament for the Dying and he was anointed with Holy Oils. His family gathered at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, communicated their love for him and said their good-byes. He died on January 19th in the afternoon. Rest in Peace, Herb. Visitation will be held at the Mangan Funeral Home, Beaverton on Friday January 26th from 2-4P.M. and 6-8 P.M. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Woodville on Saturday January 27th at 11A.M. Reception to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion Woodville from 12-2 P.M. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Knights of Columbus, Catholic Women’s League, The Kidney Foundation, area Food Banks, or charities of your choice.