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REINHOLD LINK (1936 – 2022) Obituaries

died in Hamilton after a short stay at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Husband of Helga (Schillemat) and father of Mathias (Valerie), Tobias (Connie), Andreas (Andrea) and Esther and grandfather of Claire and Nathan, Reinhold was born in Luxembourg before moving to Wiesbaden, Germany, with his father Richard and mother Martha. and four siblings Wilfried, Birgit, Gunther and Gudrun. After completing his formal studies in engineering studies, he spent his early years in his mid-twenties as a draftsman at the revered German engineering firm Lurgi AG before emigrating to Canada in 1963 to join Gunther and Birgit through the through a transatlantic voyage during which he celebrated his birthday. , which he still remembered fondly decades later.
After settling in Canada, he worked for a short time in Toronto before beginning a long and rewarding career in Hamilton as a machinist and tool and die maker with Canadian Porcelain and Lapp Insulators on a property next to the golf course. Chedoke. Reinhold was known in the Kirkendall neighborhood west of Hamilton for his incredibly large urban vegetable garden which was a huge source of pride for Helga and himself. He was also happy to help neighbors fix machines and sharpen lawn mowers by word of mouth. He was a devoted member of a number of Christian churches and worship organizations in the Hamilton area, including St. John’s Lutheran Church, Stanley Avenue Baptist Church, and Blessings Church, and enjoyed singing in the choir and playing the Kuhlohorn. Reinhold and Helga also enjoyed spending time in the German Lutheran communities of Waterloo and Toronto and regularly attended summer vacations with family and friends at the congregation’s vacation property in Thunder Beach, near Penetanguishene. .
Although he experienced a number of health issues in recent years, Reinhold continued to be intensely active well into his 80s, including daily bike rides at Hamilton Bayfront Park and hikes on the Bruce Trail. . His bond with Germany also continued as he returned regularly to visit siblings and childhood friends and indulged his love of the outdoors with trips along the Rhine and into the Black Forest.

Our thanks to the excellent nurses and intensive care staff at St. Joseph’s as well as the Princess Margaret Cancer Center and the Juravinski Cancer Center for their expert care over the past few years. Our family’s memorial celebrations will be private and anyone wishing to commemorate Reinhold’s life is invited to contribute to two of his favorite charities, the Good Shepherd and the Salvation Army. Please go to to sign the condolence book online.

Published by The Hamilton Spectator on February 5, 2022.