Brubacher, Vernon Snyder Passed away at Innisfree House in Kitchener on January 23, 2019, age 90 years.
Vernon was born in Wilmot Township on January 27, 1928, the son of Abner and Arminta (Snyder) Brubacher. He is survived by his wife Eva, whom he married on August 2, 1956, their three children, Jeff Brubacher (Sandi Li) of Vancouver, BC; Doug Brubacher (Pamela Power) of Ottawa, ON; and Jan Brubacher (John Francois Beylard) of Tofino, BC; and their six grandchildren, Jasmine, Julian, Jennifer, Kate, Neil and Lucie.
Also surviving are his siblings, Marjorie Jackson (Joe), Lewis (Lois), Lloyd (Edelene), Eva Good (Jim) and one step-sibling, Hugh Honsberger (Zoe).
He was predeceased by his parents Abner Brubacher (d. 1942) and Arminta (Brubacher) Honsberger (d. 1996), his sisters Agnes (d. 1930), Eileen (d. 1936), Mary (d. 1986), Dorothy Snyder (d. 2013), his stepfather Ralph Honsberger (d. 1996) and step-siblings Charlotte Romagnoli, Madeline Thomson, Keith Honsberger, Joan (Liz) Jahncke, and Margaret Chester.
After graduation from grade eight, Vernon worked at home on the farm where he was born. In 1945, some two years after his father’s death, the family moved to Vineland Station where, for five years, Vernon worked in a greenhouse operation to provide income and housing for the family. In 1952, after his mother married Ralph Honsberger, Vernon went back to school. He graduated from Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in 1953 and from Waterloo College (now Wilfrid Laurier University) in 1957. Vernon entered the teaching profession that year. He taught at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate for five years; then studied at Goshen Biblical Seminary, Indiana from which he graduated in 1965. Then Vernon returned to Ontario and taught at Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School until his retirement in 1987.
He was actively involved in church and community, serving on various boards and committees including Wilmot Seniors Woodworking & Craft Club, New Hamburg Thrift Centre Board, Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, Conrad Grebel University College, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, and Mennonite Historical Society of Canada. Vernon was a member of Hillcrest Mennonite church in New Hamburg, where he served as assistant pastor (1965-1968). He also served as interim pastor at Hunta Mennonite Church, Hunta, ON for two years (1990-1992).
Vernon had a love of travel, a characteristic that he passed on to his children. When their children were young Vernon and his wife Eva took them on numerous camping trips in Ontario, the Maritimes, northeastern United States and the west coast. Following retirement, Vernon and Eva travelled to India and Nepal, Europe, the Middle East, Haiti and to communities across Labrador. They often travelled to visit their children and grandchildren in Ottawa, ON, and in Vancouver & Tofino, BC.
Visitation will be at Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, New Hamburg on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 1 – 3 & 6 – 8 p.m. A funeral service and reception will be held at Hillcrest Mennonite Church on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A private internment service will be held at Nith Valley Mennonite Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to MCC, Nithview Home, or a charity of one’s choice.
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