February 11, 2020
Werner "Vern" Kolb
Werner "Vern" Kolb
Werner Heinz Kolb passed away peacefully on Nov. 5, 2019 at the age of 90.

Beloved husband of Martha for 63 years, loving Dad to Barry (Cindy), Grandpa to Andrew (Brianna) and Amy (Dave).

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Werner grew up in a beautiful garden city. He immigrated to Canada after the Second World War and settled in Kitchener, Ont., with the help of his aunt and uncle. There he met and married Martha, started a family and continued to ply his trade as a barber. But his true passion kept calling.

In 1958, they started Kolb’s Green Thumb Nursery, which his family continues to operate. This allowed Kolb to never really have to retire. He could be seen putzing around the garden centre until his mobility diminished. He was proud to be a founding member of Landscape Ontario.

The family wishes to thank the numerous care givers and organizations that helped with Kolb’s care, including the fabulous staff at Innisfree House.