Josef Murtinger

Obituary of Josef Murtinger

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MURTINGER, Josef Scotsburn The death of Josef Murtinger occurred on March 29, 2022 in the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. Joe was born on April 4, 1928 in Wolfsgraben, Austria to the late Josef and Maria Murtinger. Joe had an adventurous life, doing many things and living in various parts of the world. He was a good friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a very pleasant man with a friendly disposition. He was interested in everyone and everything and was a great story teller. Joe was very proud of his Austrian heritage and the language that was his mother tongue, German. He was a very athletic man in his youth participating in many sports including swimming, sailing, diving, running and his favorite sport football (soccer). He was the captain of many of his football clubs. He was called up to the Wehrmacht at the young age of 16 in 1944. After the war he spent 9 months in a Russian POW camp and was then released. Returning to Austria times were difficult in his native land. He joined the French Foreign Legion and after a few years reached the rank of sergeant. He spent much of his time in Algeria and Vietnam with the Legion. Joe met and the love of his life Albertina in Austria and they were married in 1952. Their adventure together began with a move to England where they lived, worked and made many lifelong friendships. The next move brought the couple to Canada in 1984. Joe worked as a building inspector in Ontario until his retirement in 1995. Joe and Tina then made the move to Nova Scotia purchasing a small farm where they spent their final years. Besides his parents Joe was predeceased by his beloved Tina in 2020 just a few weeks before their 70th Wedding Anniversary. Joe was also predeceased by a brother, Herbert Murtinger in 2021. Joe is survived by sisters, Hansi Weithorn, Köln, Germany; Mitzi Gosch, Toronto; brothers, Leopold, Breitenfurt, Austria and Ludwig, St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is also survived by nephews, Josef Ammann and J. Murtinger and their families plus several nieces and nephews in Austria. Joe will be also mourned by his many friends in England and Germany as well. Joe will be sadly missed by his neighbors and friends Mr. and Mrs. Bob Baillie, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bain, good friend Bruce Wallis, Steve and Clare Daling and their children Brandon and Sammy. Joe was very thankful for the care he received from the daily visits of the VON nurses and the Doctors and nurses in the Aberdeen Hospital. There will be no visitation, service or flowers by his request. Burial will take place at a later date in West Branch Cemetery next to his best friend Tina.