We Remember

PONTO, Reinhold

December 4, 1931 — July 14, 2023

We sadly announce the passing of Reinhold Ponto, on Friday, July 14, 2023, at age 91. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lydia; their three sons Reinhard, Don, and Perry; their granddaughter Mikayla; and his sister Erika.

Reinhold was born on December 4, 1931, in Ciucurova, Romania, where he spent his childhood with his parents Wilhelm and Susanne Ponto; two brothers, Franz & Johann; and four sisters, Rosa, Alwina, Anna, and Erika.

In 1940, because of the war, the family was relocated a number of times around Poland and Germany, during which time Reinhold earned his Gesellenbrief (journeyman certificate) as a Blacksmith.

At the end of the war, the family immigrated to Canada, settling in Oliver, BC. Reinhold then worked around BC in a variety of jobs. In 1955, he joined Monashee Manufacturing in Kelowna, BC, building timber and mining equipment. He earned his Master’s Certificate there, and after 37 years, he retired at the age of 60.

On New Year’s Eve 1953/54 he met his future wife, Lydia Heise, at a German dance in Vernon, BC. Two years later, on June 29, 1956, they married, settled in Kelowna and built their home of 50 years. In 2006, they moved to a retirement community, where they spent many relaxing hours working their spectacular flower gardens.

Reinhold personifies the strength, tolerance, and kindness to which everyone should aspire. The world has changed significantly over his 91 years, and it has grown richer and better because of Reinhold Ponto.

A Celebration of Life will be held on THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2023, at 4:00 PM (PST), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

For those who wish to pay your respects at a later date, Reinhold will be laid to rest at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery during an intimate burial. 

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THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2023, at 4:00 PM (PST)


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