It is with a heavy heart that his family shares the news that Kurt Valentin Havlas passed away at the age of 81 on November 7, 2023. He was born on February 14, 1942 to Aloisia Cizel (Lebeda) and Karl Havlas in Germany. He was the loving husband of Shirley Havlas (Aitken) for 57 years, and proud father of Lisa (Brad) Regan and Opa to Amanda Regan. He will be fondly remembered as a brother in-law to Bert (deceased) (Bernice), Brian (Doris), Isabel (Bob), and Wanda (Brent).
Kurt was a successful tradesman, beginning his apprenticeship as an upholsterer in Germany at the age of 14. He immigrated to Canada at the age of 21 with just a suitcase, intending to stay here for a year. He just celebrated 60 years in Canada. Together with his wife, they started their own furniture manufacturing business in 1982 out of their basement. KSL (named for Kurt, Shirley, and Lisa) was a successful business until they retired after 23 years. Never one to not work, he came out of retirement for a few years and still went to work in his workshop every day, crafting unique woodworking projects. He was always proud of his property, and could be found working in the yard and gardens most days. He pursued many hobbies, but was perhaps best known for his love of Mercedes cars. Shirley and Kurt loved to entertain and host social gatherings, where everyone was always welcomed with open arms, good food, and drink. Kurt will be missed by the many friends in his life.
The family will receive their friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) on Monday, November 13th from 10 o’clock until time of funeral service in the chapel at 12 o’clock. Interment will follow at the Caledon East Cemetery. Reception at Royal Ambassador Event Centre, 15430 Innis Lake Road, Caledon East at 2 o’clock.
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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville (www.hhcfoundation.com).
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