Udo Stundner OWN R.I.P.

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Udo Stundner OWN
Photo by Robert Galbraith (more to follow)
Udo’s OWN Citation:
In recognition of your unwavering long-term support of Wednesday Night, your reasoned voice on matters of international banking and the economy and your enthusiastic inclusion of Wednesday Night participants in external activities
By these presents we do appoint you Honoured Companion and Swiss Banker of said Order and authorize you to hold and enjoy the dignity of such appointment together with membership in the said Order and all privileges thereunto pertaining

Given at 33 Rosemount in the former and future City of Westmount under the Seal of the Order of Wednesday Night this Wednesday sixth day of October, 2004

Obituary published in the Globe & Mail and the Gazette
Udo obituary photoUDO STUNDNER (1942-2013)
Passed away in the early hours of August 20, 2013, his beloved wife Anne at his side, at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. Udo was 70. He leaves his cherished children Antoine and Brigitte and his in-laws, nieces and nephews of the Bigaouette, Bergeron, Chéron and Roy families. He will be remembered by numerous friends of the Austrian community in Canada and colleagues from banking and portfolio management.
Only son of Anton and Erda Liebetegger, Udo was born in Salzburg and left his mountains to explore the new world at the time of Expo 67. He remained to build a career and found a family with Anne. He spent many years at the Swiss Bank Corporation and Crédit Suisse, holding important positions in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary before devoting his considerable talents to portfolio management at Gestion Pfiffner Inc. where clients sought out his sage advice.
Udo was an avid sportsman with a passion for winter sports. He loved the mountains, rivers and forests of his adopted homeland and had many canoe and biking adventures to his credit. He relished life’s simple pleasures with family and his many friends, colleagues and clients.
He was ever mindful of those in need and became an active member of the Rotary Club. He was devoted to the Austrian community in Montreal. His professional activities included being a director of the Swiss-Canadian Chamber of commerce.
The family wishes to thank the caring medical and nursing staff of the intensive care cardiac unit of the Royal Victoria and Montreal General Hospitals.
The family will celebrate Udo’s life during a private reunion followed by a religious service. At the Mount Royal Cemetery.
Udo wished that a more festive event be held for friends, colleagues and clients at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Dear Anne,
Please share with Antoine and Brigitte our deepest sympathies. He was a valued member of our Wednesday Night family. We, along with his many friends and admirers, cherished his wisdom, perceptive commentary and wit. He was truly a gentle man and a gentleman. We share in your sense of loss and hope that your many happy memories will sustain you through this very sad period.
With affection, Diana & David

I met Udo in about 1978 and we have been in contact ever since. I was proud to introduce him to Wednesday Night and I know that he enjoyed his attendance there every time.
Udo had a deep and thorough knowledge of the stock market and his contribution to the discussions about it were highly educational.
I will miss his sense of humour and the twinkle in his eyes when he spoke about world politics and the economy. Ron Meisels

Udo was a generous and caring man. I got to know him better in 2009 through the Foundation of Greater Montreal where the Rotary Club of Montreal established a fund. He will be missed by in the community. With sympathy, Marina Boulos-Winton

Udo, we will all miss you, your inspired and measured words, clarity of thought and your friendship.
Deepest condolences to Udo’s family. John Evdokias

See more entries on Legacy guest book

La Presse
STUNDNER, Udo 1942 – 2013 À Montréal, le mardi 20 août 2013, à l’âge de 70 ans, est décédé Udo Stundner. Outre son épouse Anne qui fut à ses côtés jusqu’à la fin, il laisse dans le deuil ses enfants adorés Antoine et Brigitte ainsi que ses beaux-frères, belles-soeurs, neveux et nièces des familles Bigaouette, Bergeron, Chéron et Roy. Il laisse également de nombreux amis de la communauté autrichienne du Canada et ses collègues des milieux bancaires et de la gestion de portefeuille. Fils unique de Anton Stundner et Erda Liebetegger, né à Salzbourg, Udo quitta ses montagnes pour explorer le nouveau-monde à l’occasion de l’Expo 67 et demeura au Canada pour y faire carrière et fonder famille. Il oeuvra principalement au sein de la Société de Banque Suisse et du Crédit Suisse et occupa des postes importants à Montréal, Toronto et Calgary avant de consacrer ses talents considérables auprès de Gestion Pfiffner Inc. à la gestion de portefeuille de clients désireux de profiter de ses sages conseils. Éternel sportif, passionné de sports d’hiver, de forêts, rivières et montagnes, d’expéditions de canot et de vélo, il savait aussi profiter des petits et simples bonheurs de la vie, entouré de sa famille immédiate et élargie ou de ses amis, collègues et clients. Il s’est longtemps dévoué pour autrui au sein de son club Rotary et auprès de la communauté autrichienne de Montréal ainsi qu’auprès de la Chambre de commerce canado-suisse. La famille désire exprimer ses remerciements à tous les membres du personnel soignant de l’unité des soins cardiaques intensifs de l’Hôpital Royal Victoria et de l’Hôpital Général de Montréal. Un recueillement intime aura lieu pour les proches parents suivi d’un service religieux au cimetière Mont-Royal. Une célébration festive, selon le souhait de Udo, aura lieu ultérieurement pour amis, collègues et clients. Des dons en sa mémoire peuvent être faits à la Fondation des maladies du coeur.

22 August
We have just learned from Allen Nutik that our dear friend Udo died on Tuesday, 20 August. Private service and burial will be followed by a celebration of his life at a later date.
We know you share our sadness at the death of a truly lovely gentleman.

Udo’s passing I found particularly sad. We are (were) almost the same age for one thing. But the regret is deeper than just the reaction to a stark reminder of one’s mortality. Udo, the wise and courtly central European gentlemen., was also a kind and sympathetic fellow. Yvette in particular remembers this about him. WN will miss his lapidary yet deeply knowledgeable interventions. I will also miss his light Austrian accent and the opportunity he offered to exchange a few words in Wiener dialekt or “weanerisch” as people now call it. Auf wiederschauen, Udo. Bis naechste mal, um Himmelstrasse.
Guy Stanley and Yvette Biondi

This is very sad. I had a particular fondness for Udo and his highly perceptive remarks. He will certainly be missed.
Kimon Valaskakis

I will miss him, he was such a great one to challenge!
Ron Meisels

Je suis vraiment désolée d’apprendre cette triste nouvelle.
Udo était un véritable gentleman. C’est une perte pour nous tous.
Marie Cormier.

Merci pour la triste nouvelle. Udo était un homme charmant, intelligent et agréable à fréquenter. Il savait débattre sur un sujet et à la fois, écouter l’opinion des autres. Il va nous manquer.
Lyda Letacq

A sad loss for all of us, and especially his family.
Margaret Lefebvre

Udo was indeed one of God’s gentle men and he was an interesting and interested person not only where economics and banking were concerned.
He will, indeed, be missed.
If possible, please have my deepest sympathies conveyed to his wife
Stephen Kinsman

As a fairly recent arrival to WN, I only met Udo a handful of times, but thoroughly enjoyed each encounter. Without knowing his background, the depth and breadth of his knowledge during our brief exchanges impressed upon me that he was a man of character and substance. I regret not having had an opportunity to get to know him better and will miss him.
Sam Boshra

I am really saddened about this.
Udo personified dignity. I will miss him.
Steven Lightfoot

Very sorry to hear this. Despite his weak heart he carried on very impressively.
Dr. Mark Roper

That’s so sad, Udo was a lovely, gentle gentleman in all the best senses of that characterization. As you say may he RIP.
Margo
Margaret Somerville AM, FRSC, DCL

Very sad indeed. I enjoyed his company and benefited from his wisdom. We had planned to get together to discuss markets before he fell ill.
All I can say from my end is that he was a gentleman.
I will miss him.
Constantine (Ken) Kostarakis

A very pleasant, soft spoken and polite human being.
Rob Galbraith

Udo has always been so supportive, gracious and kind.
Thank you for the update. I will be thinking of him.
Susanna Eyton-Jones

15 August
Dear Friends,
We learned today that one of Wednesday Night’s stalwart supporters – and a dear friend to many of us – Udo Stundner is gravely ill and is not expected to live for more than a few days.
Diana spoke briefly with his wife, Anne, this afternoon. She confirmed the sad news and when  asked if there was anything we could do, Anne’s only answer was ‘pray’.
As soon as we have any more information, we will share it.

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