My father Karl Heinz Rudolf Homberger has moved on to the next world but lived in two worlds during his life, Germany and Australia. His own father Richard died a soldier in France, his mother Sofie died in 1991, his sister Ushi in 2006, and his brother Richard died the very same day he did. Now they are together again. While working in a restaurant in Germany during his youth he waited on an Australian embassy official who told him Australia was rebuilding after the war and he could go there for free on a ship if he committed to a year which he did. First they took him to outback Western Australia, after other places he ended up in Melbourne where he met the most beautiful German woman working at the Windsor hotel. He married this woman, Gertrud, and had another turning point in his life in 1957 when they had their first child, Suzanne. The third turning point was his restaurant “The Abbey” or perhaps “The Hofbrauhaus”. Children would become a feature of his life having 5 children of his own, 13 grandchildren and now 4 great grandchildren.. Indeed he was a good man, death is a fact of life. The average male lives to 82 in Australia today, he made 85, so let’s celebrate his life and not morn him, sure we can feel a tad sad for not being able to meet with him again. My enduring memory of Heinz is that he was a sincere and honest man.

5 thoughts on “Eulogy

  1. Awesome words Mat. You have honoured your dad with the example of your own life and marriage. Your dad must have been so proud of you. As a friend who has known you only a little while I am honoured and proud too. ☺

  2. Heinz was a wonderful Father to Richard our gorgeous son in law, a fantastic father in law to our darling daughter Jane and a wonderful Opa to our four grandchildren. Sofie, Charles, Hugh and Edward. He was such a lovely human being and he so much loved posting on Facebook. Our thoughts go out to all the Homberger family as they have lost a very precious human being. Rest in peace Heinz.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family on this sad occasion. Take care my friend and may your late Dad Rest In Peace.

  4. Such a beautiful eulogy, fitting for a man whose life was a colourful and rich tapestry, full of vigour, serendipity and above all, joy and contentment. Rest in peace, my beloved father-in-law, Karl Heinz Rudolf Homberger who always had a gentle and caring disposition, a smile on his face, kind words for every person in the room, and hearty laughter that filled the entire atmosphere. He will be remembered for his infinite kindness and generosity of soul, his immense ability to put others before him, to be of quiet and thoughtful service even in his own home, and for his intelligent and robust conversations. I’ll never forget what Heinz told me once when I first met him – he said to me, “You’re the best thing to have happened to my son.” He was a good man. And I will miss him very very much. Rest in eternal peace, my dearest father-in-law. We will see you and sit down for a meal and a conversation in the other realm.

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