John Albert Dietsch – saying goodbye to a Canadian hero

On November 9th, 2009, two Canadian veterans had collected money for their local legion through the red poppy campaign when they were confronted by an armed robber.  Rather than submit, they stood up to him!

One of these two brave men was John Albert Dietsch – then 84 years strong.  During WWII, Mr. Dietsch served as a stoker on a corvette in the North Atlantic.

Today, I received the following comment:

‘Thought I would post this about my Uncles death because of the nice comments you made about the story a few years ago. He was quite the guy and will be missed by many.

John Albert Dietsch
DIETSCH, John Albert – Passed peacefully at Toronto East General Hospital after a brief illness on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 in his 87th year. Proud Meritorious Life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 73 for 66 years. Beloved husband of Verna (Phipps). Loving father of Dianne (Bill), Gail (Doug), Linda, Robin, and Carol (Terry). Predeceased by son Johnny. Dear brother of Marie, Joan and Helen. Predeceased by brother George and sister Bernice. Dear grandfather of Eddie, Ronda, Kristine, Kyle, Chad and Tyler and great-grandfather of Erin, Emma, Brooklynn and Mia Bella. Friends may call at the SHERRIN FUNERAL HOME CREMATION AND TRIBUTE CENTRE, 873 Kingston Road (west of Victoria Park), 416-698-2861, on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a Legion Service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service to be held in the chapel on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Pine Hills Cemetery. Reception to follow at RCL Branch 73, 2 Robinson Avenue, Scarborough. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made to RCL Branch 73 Poppy Trust Fund. Online condolences may be made at

My condolances to the Dietsch family:  this world is a better place because of Mr. John Dietsch!

UPDATE:  More from Mr. Dietsch’s family:

‘John Albert Dietsch was my Step-Dad. Although we didn’t share the same DNA, he was
my Dad in every sense of the word. Daily, he lived his life with integrity, honest and kindness and was the most honourable man I have ever met. It is my privilege to have had him in my life
and I will miss him for eternity.