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Otto Ahlers

Otto Gerard Ahlers

Saturday, March 30th, 1940 - Monday, April 26th, 2021
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AHLERS, Otto Gerard - Died on April 26, 2021, peacefully at home, aged 81. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret Langton Ahlers, his son Chris (Tammy Ratcliff), his grandson Odin, brothers John Ahlers and Gerry Ahlers (Anouk), sisters Annie Smits and Tiny Ahlers, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by parents Bernard and Jantina, brother Bernard and sister Helen.

Otto was born in the Netherlands and before coming to Canada at age 22, he worked as a cook on the Holland-America Line, sailing between Rotterdam, New York, the Caribbean and South America. He graduated from Ryerson's business school and worked for IBM and Eaton's before holding executive positions with associations in Burlington, provincially and nationally.

Otto's crowning achievement was co-founding Wyndham Art Supplies in Guelph in 1992 with Margaret and Chris. The store grew to become a prominent independent art supply retailer in Canada and a hub of the local arts scene.

He loved people, art, soccer, cycling, nature, reading, cooking and travel. Otto was always active in his community. He was a regular blood donor and his volunteer work included time with Meals on Wheels, the Downtown Guelph Business Association and the Rotary Club of Burlington-Lakeshore, where he was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship. The rare muscle wasting disease inclusion body myositis was diagnosed five years ago. Otto endured this attack on his body with courage and humour.

Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an arts organization. A celebration honouring Otto will take place when it is safe to do so. Condolences can be made online at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com.
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Randa Sabbagh

Posted at 11:30am
My condolences to Marg, Chris and family. Although I met Otto in the setting of a business relationship, it soon became apparent that his treatment of me went far beyond that limited scope. He showed me much kindness and brought a welcome sense of humour to our meetings and phone conversations. He and Marg were so kind, in fact, that they invited me to their 50th wedding anniversary celebration. What an honour! My husband and I were happy to attend, even though it was the evening before our honeymoon trip.

May God give you strength and resilience to deal with your loss, and may Otto always fill a special spot in your hearts.

Randa Sabbagh

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David Scott Abbott

Posted at 10:57am
I was very sorry to hear about Otto. I will always remember his good humor and kindness. Scott Abbott
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Lori Pagnan

Posted at 10:34am
Margaret, Chris, Tammy Oden and all of the Wyndham Art family,
We were glad to have had the pleasure of engaging with Otto at Wyndham Arts and on our occasional meets downtown Guelph.
We remember when Wyndham Arts first opened and Otto's upbeat, easygoing and happy way. When my mother-in-law Elsie would come to town, she always had a nice chat with Otto . They both had come from Holland and enjoyed chatting about Art, Holland and dutch cookies. Otto always had a smile on his face , spreading his positive gentle energy to all he met.

Our Sincere condolences ,
Lor Pagnan and Fred Thoonen

Terry Crowley

Posted at 03:35pm
With Otto's passing, a spark has gone out of many of our lives. He was always upbeat, always loquacious, always smiling, and aways upbeat. Otto Ahlers will be missed for the positive virtures he brought into our lives.
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Marg Lemoine

Posted at 08:04am
I had the privilege of serving Otto at the West End CC. He was a sparkling personality full of wit and charm. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his family - my heart breaks for you.
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