Klaus Karl Rheinhold Ernst Sachse
1929 - 1991
"To dwell among the stars!"
Karl Rheinhold Ernst Sachse's passing went by with little notice
by this world, save for a handful of family members and a small
contingent from the tennis/curling club to which he belonged.
Klaus Karl Rheinhold Ernst Sachse was not renowned for anything
in particular, nor accomplished in some noteworthy endeavor. However,
he did make a difference in the lives of his three children and
three grandchildren; and as such, left a priceless legacy.
He was a rather stoic and extremely private man - rarely given
to outbursts of emotion. He was also a proud man who tried to
live his dream until the dream was all that was left to him. He
held inside of himself a spark and a vision that he passed on
to his children. In the grand cosmic scheme of things he was an
ordinary man who dreamed of a greater life. And that life was
to be lived among the stars!
Klaus Karl Rheinhold Ernst Sachse was born in AngerMeunde, Germany
and moved to Toronto, Canada in 1955. As a young man, he was always
fascinated with space exploration. His dream then was to help
build the engines that would send jets and rockets into space
- so a part of him would be up there as well. This noble goal,
however, was not to be, but he never lost sight of this dream.
He followed the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects very closely
and with each launch a part of him went along for the ride. One
of his greatest sorrows was Canada's loss of the Avro Arrow from
which Canada would "never fully recover."
Though unassuming, his early life was marked with hardship during
the war and tragedy with the loss of his parents at age ten. He
found work as a coal-miner and saved his money until he had earned
enough to come to Canada. The prime of his life was spent "Doing
the right thing" by his family, which kept him away from
his home as well as his dream. He enjoyed the few times when he
could take his kids for trips to various open fields in order
to launch their rockets and experimental vehicles. He enjoyed
"Star Trek" and found a kindred spirit in the lives
of those explorers. He began consuming science fiction novels
by the "Thewsands."
His later years were spent building models, puttering around
in his garden, exploring culinary adventures; and of course, enjoying
the company of his small circle of friends and family.
Thanks to Celestis, we can now, a decade after his passing, honor
his wish and fulfill his life-long dream by sending him to the
stars that were always his real home.
His spark is alive in those who remember and still love him.
We still miss you very much, Dad.
With all our love,
Frank, Ron, Monica, Jessica, Nate, Eric (and Tara)