Rainer Hoetten

Obituary of Rainer Hoetten

It is with great sadness, after a very short illness, we announce the passing of Rainer Hoetten, on Friday, June 14, 2024. Rainer was born in Germany on March 17, 1966. However, he considered himself a true Canadian. He came to Canada with his family at age 13 and settled in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. He loved anything outdoors. With Winnie by his side for the last 25 years, they did ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter. In the summer months they would be out fishing, hunting or 4- wheeling on some remote trail together. Sometimes, just relaxing on a motorcycle ride or on their boat. Rainer had variety of other interests. He was a red seal chef for several years, which took him took him to western Canada. He eventually made his way to Alberta to fulfil a dream of driving the ice roads. Once he accomplished that, he went to the construction world, and continued his career as a concrete pump operator in Alberta. In 2017, he was offered a position with BRILUN Construction in Cape Breton. So, they happily returned to Nova Scotia and settled in Cape Breton. This is where he spent the last eight years, enjoying his time with what he considered his new family. He is survived by his wife, his partner and best friend, Winnie (Gray-Harvey); sons, Trevor Harvey (Stacy), Tyler Harvey, Dylan Harvey (Paige), Justin Hoetten, and Garrett Harvey (Tess); ten grandchildren, four brothers, three brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Alyssa Hoetten, his parents, Adolf and Gerda, and a sister, Heike. Thank you to all the staff at the Sydney Cancer Centre. A special mention for the care and support that was shown from all the VON and Palliative Care workers who came to our home over the last few months. Your work and compassion is much appreciated. Wayne, Paula, and family, the support that you provided us was unmeasurable. We cannot thank you enough for all that you’ve done. Wayne, you were that first person to welcome us to our new neighborhood. Rainer treasured your friendship. A special thank you to BRILUN Construction, and the entire concrete & construction community, for all the love, support, and generosity that you’ve shown us over the last few months. You have all made Rainer's last journey more bearable. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rainer’s memory may be made to the Sydney Cancer Centre or a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, 6 Churchill Drive, Sydney, NS, 902-539-7175. Words of condolence may be made to the family by visiting www.tjtracey.com.
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