Gunter SchochSeptember 9, 2017
Gunter A. Schoch
With deep sadness we, the family, announce the passing of Gunter Arthur Schoch at the age of 88 on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, with family by his side. Gunter was predeceased by his first wife Eva of 55 years, and by his parents Marie and Arthur. Remaining to ever cherish his memory are his beloved second wife Viola Turner and family of Saskatoon, who has accompanied him on numerous adventurous journeys for the past 9 years, as well as his daughters Sylvia Kuzyk (Glen McCabe), Juana, Simone Oar and sons Clifford and Christopher (Arlyss), seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, all of Winnipeg. Gunter was born in Berlin, Germany on September 17, 1928. He studied landscape architecture and worked for the City of Berlin Parks Department, participating in the large-scale park redevelopment program after WWII. He immigrated to Canada in 1953 with his wife Eva and daughter Sylvia and became the first professionally trained landscape architect to settle in Winnipeg. He joined the staff of the Winnipeg Parks and Recreation Department in 1955, advanced to the position of city landscape architect in 1962 and became director of planning and development in 1980, a position he held until his retirement in 1989. A vast number of Winnipeg’s public open spaces bear the hallmarks of Gunter’s design, carried out personally or under his direction during 34 years of service to the citizens of Winnipeg. He initiated landscape architecturally treated bridge interchanges and street environments and had a major role in the massive redevelopment of the regional park system during the 1960s, particularly Assiniboine Park Zoo. He is also recognized as the architect of the City’s busiest golf course at Crescent Drive Park. Gunter was a charter member of the Manitoba Parks and Recreation Association and served as its president in 1975/76. He was also a charter member of the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects and held the office of its first executive director from 1989-96. He was a long standing member of the Canadian and the American Societies of Landscape Architects and was honored by investiture as Fellow in both organizations. From 1992 to 2008, he served as treasurer of the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation. Gunter’s community and public involvement included the chairmanship of the parks board in the R.M. of North Kildonan from 1963-65. Here he served also as municipal arborist form 1967-74, planning and executing model street tree program, which is very apparent today in its full maturity. For 16 years he served on the planning committee for the International Peace Garden, and for 8 years on the Manitoba Environmental Council. Gunter was blessed with a loving, closely knit family and he was always very proud of their accomplishments. He leaves them not only his cherished memory, but also numerous family and ancestral records he had actively researched, back to the 13th century, for many years. A service of celebration of Gunter’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Eastview Community Church, 3500 De Vries Avenue, East St. Paul, Manitoba, followed by an interment at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens, 4477 Main Street, West St. Paul, with Pastor Delbert Enns officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation, Mr. Peter Kreuk, LACF Treasurer, 102-1637 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1N5, Tel: 606-684-4611, Ext. 24, Email: email@example.com Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.