Karl-Heinz Scharfenberg

February 28, 1930 - February 8, 2021

Funeral Details: Celebration of life to be held at a later time

Karl passed away peacefully at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre on February 8, 2021 just shy of his 91st birthday. Loving father of Peter (Karen) Scharfenberg , Rainer (Dianne) Scharfenberg , Gabrielle (Ron) Brown and Ingrid (Barry) Cole. Dear Opa of Erik Scharfenberg, Matthew (Robin) Davidson, James (Nikita) Brown, Dana (Dave) Van De Vyvere, Ashley Brown (Brian) and Brandon Scharfenberg. Cherished Uhr Opa to Alex, Zachary, Leah and Conor Van De Vyvere and Adelynn and Oliver Davidson. Predeceased by grandson Daniel Scharfenberg.

Karl was born in Mannheim – Wallstadt district of Mannheim, Germany and emigrated his family to Canada October 1962, first to Toronto, then settling his young family in Brampton.  Karl started his lengthy carpentry career as a stair builder for Cadillac Lumber then moving on to be a working partner at Stairfab. Throughout Karl’s life he had spent endless hours working on small/big projects for people in the community as well as donating his expertise to provide suggestions/ solutions to architectural mishaps or conundrums. As Karl’s career progressed and until retirement he was well known as a master carpenter known for custom home renovations.

If anyone knows Karl they will fondly remember his love of music and heritage which led him to be an involved member of the Brampton German Canadian Club; Hansa for more than 45 years. Missing his homeland this was a way for him to continue to feel that part of “home” which was now with him in Canada. Karl enjoyed the special events that connected acquaintances and friends in celebrating it German style and “Prosting” the coming of a New Year.  Karl’s love of wood working was second only to the love of “my cottage” – the inception of this dream began in 1969 when the property was bought and then with hard work, dedication and the assistance of his predeceased wife Hilde Ingeborg Scharfenberg and sons his dream began in Tiny Ont. Everything was methodically thought out and the plan of execution was done precisely and exact as any other projects he worked on over the years – quality was his craft: till this day that cottage “Haus” stands strong and proud!! When Karl had free time he filled it with designing and building heirloom furniture for family members - Karl enjoyed time with family and friends, and had such a passion for wildlife in the community as well as his 4-legged friends Susie, Heidi and Barney.

Let’s all raise our glasses and share a toast in celebrating Karl’s life:

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit

Cremation has taken place with arrangements entrusted to Peaceful Transitions and condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.peacefulltransition.ca  A celebration of life will be held when the current pandemic restrictions permit which will be followed by intermit in Barrie Union Cemetery.

Peaceful Transition Simcoe


5 Condolences
  • Michael Schwantes
    Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2021 Reply

    Karl was known to three generations of my family spanning nearly 40 years. He was an honest, reliable and trustworthy friend to us all. Karl always went the extra mile (kilometre) to help and assist us in any way possible. Every corner of our house is a testament to his craftsmanship. These pieces of his work will help us to cherish and remember him. His loss is huge, and impact even larger. We will remember him.

  • Eckhart and Molly Mayer
    Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2021 Reply

    The world has lost a good man , a very good craftsman and a caring father to his children and Family .
    All I learned about building , constructing and working with wood , Karl Heinz was my Mentor
    I am sorry to see you go.


  • manfred Fleischmann
    Posted on: Saturday, February 20, 2021 Reply

    We are very sorry to have lost Karl-Heinz. We have know him for a long time. Starting at the Hansa House and at the German Canadian Club, Midland. He was a very dedicated member of both clubs. He will be missed dearly. Our deepest sympathy to his family. We enjoyed being with him. Also on behalf of the German Canadian Club, our sincere condolences goes out to his family.

  • Birgitt+Friedrich Laudenklos
    Posted on: Sunday, February 21, 2021 Reply

    We´ve met Karl-Heinz every time when visiting our brother and brother in law Eckhart Mayer. Karl-Heinz was a neighbor to Eckharts Cottage in Tiny. He was an interesting person to know.
    Our cencere condolences. May he rest in peace.
    Birgitt and Friedrich Laudenklos
    Weinheim, Germany

  • Gertrud Kasper
    Posted on: Friday, February 26, 2021 Reply

    Dear Family Scharfenberg

    On behalf of Gertrud and Tony Kasper and family we send you our deepest condolence. Karl-Heinz worked at our farm in tiny on several occasions allowing us the opportunity to appreciate his craftmanship and friendship. We are truly sorry for your lose. god Bless him. may he rest in peace.

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