John Nuernberger

John Richard Nuernberger

Friday, May 19th, 1978 - Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
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John Richard Nuernberger
May 19, 1978 – February 26, 2020

With a sadness too great to express and a love so strong nothing could separate us, the family of John Nuernberger announce his passing at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. In his 41 years, John made an indelible mark on those around him. For those who had the privilege to know and love him, he gave generously, protected fiercely and encouraged warmly. In the short two months during which he battled illness, his spirit and courage shone through with his remarkable trademark blend of optimism, humour and pragmatism.
John found the love of his life at St. Mary’s High School when he met Brooke Lambert, also of Kitchener, daughter of Bryon and Lucy Lambert, sister to Jesse (d. 2018). Based on a strong friendship and a shared outlook regarding the important things in life, they married in 2003 and together, created a loving home for their three children Leah Marion, Samuel Richard and Elijah John. As a family, they found adventures in travel, enjoyed cottage time at Sauble Beach and made their home a warm and supportive hub of activity and a welcoming landing spot for extended family and friends. Whether he was cooking, gardening, doing home improvements, orchestrating a prank, watching passersby in Victoria Park from the front porch, planning the next family trip, or sharing his latest learning from something he read or watched in a documentary on PBS, John was fully engaged in life. But more than anything, nothing could distract his attention from his beloved children.
John was born in Kitchener, the fourth child and only son to Mary and Richard (d. 2002) Nuernberger, brother to Karen (Chris Winters), Diane (Brent Hannusch) and Christine (John Bilen) and uncle to Joseph and Isaac Winters, Rachel, Claire and William Hannusch and Matthew and Hannah Bilen.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 1st at Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener from Noon to 3 p.m. John’s funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 56 Duke Street West, Kitchener on Monday, March 2nd at 10 a.m. followed by a reception at Descendents Brewery 319 Victoria Street North, Kitchener. Private cremation will be taking place.
In keeping with John’s love of downtown Kitchener (his lifelong home) and his admiration of the good work being done to create welcoming communities for all, donations in his memory can be made to The Working Centre in Kitchener ( ).
“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose. For all that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.”
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 1st, 2020 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, March 1st, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
    507 Frederick St.
    Kitchener, ON N2B 2A5
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  • Service

    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 10:00am
    St. Mary's RC Church
    56 Duke St. W
    Kitchener, ON N2H 3W7
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  • Reception

    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | 11:30am
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 11:30am
    Descendants Brewery
    319 Victoria Street N.
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Donations are being accepted for: The Working Centre.


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Hilda Robb

Posted at 04:23pm
I'm so very sorry to hear about John's passing. I used to work with John at the Beer Store and he was such joy to work with. Keeping his family in my thoughts.

Kelly Lee Feschuk

Posted at 01:20pm
I am so very sorry to hear of John's passing! Condolences to all of the family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Rebecca Purc

Posted at 04:09am
I'm so terribly sorry to hear this news. I went to St. Mary's Elementary school with John, we were about the only ones in our grade before it closed. We found each other years later on Facebook. I remember him being kind, quiet, gentle, and humorous. Just a nice person. I'm sorry. So so sorry.

Kathryn Dever

Posted at 06:26pm
Brooke and Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your husband John's passing, and I can't imagine how hard this must be for you. I've made a donation to the Working Centre to support their valued programs in downtown Kitchener - a place that I know is special for your entire family. I remember Karen and Diane from high school, and never made that connection to you until now. Take care.

Connie (Heinbuch) Puetz

Posted at 11:41am
My deepest condolences to Karen, Diane and the whole family. I am so sorry that you have lost your dear brother so soon. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers as you travel this difficult road.

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