February 1, 1931 – December 21, 2019
Max was the second son born on February 1, 1931, to Matthias and Maria Geigl, at Laufen, Germany. After graduation from local schools he obtained his Civil Engineering Degree from Polytechnic for Applied Science, in Munich.
In 1957 he immigrated to Canada and settled in Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, where he began his career at Alberni Pulp & Paper Division, MacMillan Bloedel. In 1962 he married Lillian Happach (nee Jacobsen) and built their first home using the European method of cinder block construction. In 1982 he left MacMillan Bloedel after 25 years of service and began self-employment as a building sub-contractor of custom homes in the Qualicum Beach area. In 1990 he built his own home there for retirement. Max was an avid reader of ancient and modern world history. His sharp intellect always contributed an alternative point of view for any discussion or argument. His hobby with photography recorded memorable family events. He also took up another hobby building model airplanes and was a member of the Parksville District Qualicum Model Aircraft Flying Club. He also received certification in Steamship and Advanced Piloting from the Canadian Power Squadron. He soon became intrigued by computer technology and spent man hours engrossed with games, puzzles, and the Internet.
Max played an important role in the lives of his step-family, including his son, Randy Happach, granddaughters Candace and Stephanie Happach, great grandson Jack Happach. His steadfast devotion to his wife, Lillian, contributed to a long happy marriage. He also maintained close contact with his relatives in Germany, namely brother Hermann Geigl, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and lifelong friends, especially Inge Orliczek.
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