It is with great sadness that the family of Dirk Roy Hermanns announces his sudden passing from an undiagnosed heart issue on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the age of 48 years. Dirk will forever be lovingly remembered by his wife Carol Hermanns (nee Lacher), and mother Gerti Hermanns. Dirk was cherished and loved by his late father, Rudi. He will also be forever remembered by his in-laws: Jeff and family, Sue and Nicole; Brian and family, Holly, Paul, and Paige; and Maureen and family, Keith and Joey. In Germany, Gerti’s sister Brigitte and family, Rudi & Andrea (Remmerde); Rudi’s sister Gertrud and family, Robert (predeceased), Juergen and Achim (Gross); Rudi’s sister Margot (predeceased) and family Helga.
Dirk and Carol’s love story began 29 years ago when they first met. They were husband and wife, best friends, and worked as a strong team supporting each other. Dirk’s unwavering support and deep love for Carol helped make the impossible possible. And with his comic relief and lightheartedness, he brought laughter and joy to Carol’s heart and to others who met him.
Dirk was the creative force behind Nicetys, the gourmet kitchenware store that Carol and Dirk opened in beautiful downtown Oakville. He worked tirelessly to make their dream come true. He jumped in to do marketing, promotion, and help with buying - he enjoyed travelling and meeting with people at the tradeshows. Nicetys is unique – it’s a place for members of the community to shop, meet, chat, and get to know each other. The store has been and will continue to be an extension of Dirk – a place that is welcoming to all in the community. Whether he was cleaning the sidewalks or chatting with a passerby, Dirk was always the first to offer help whenever needed.
Dirk was an intensely loyal and honest man. His friendships have lasted his lasted a lifetime and counts so many as very close friends from childhood. He once painted a picture of Vincent van Gogh's “The Good Samaritan” (1890), interpreting the parable from Luke 10:33. This embodied who Dirk was – a good Samaritan – and how he lived his life, giving to others.
A celebration of Dirk’s life will be held in the future when allowed.
Dirk was a huge animal lover and was especially fond of his beloved cat, Logan, his sweet bunny, Mindy, and cherished cat, Woody. Memorial donations in memory of Dirk can be made to the Oakville Humane Society (https://omhs.ca/).
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