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Harland Michael Lichti

Harland Michael Lichti

November 12, 2022

Harland Michael Lichti

LICHTI, Harland Michael - Passed away peacefully after a short battle with lung cancer at the age of 81 years on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at the Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto.  Born on May 14, 1941 in St. Jacobs, he is survived by his wife Marie-Anne (née Besse); his sons Thomas Lichti and his wife Kim (née Gray) of Erin, their children Kennedy and Nicholas; and Michael Lichti and his wife Dianne (née Woodhouse) of Toronto, their son Bennett; and by his brother Robert Lichti of Waterloo. Harland is predeceased by his brothers Arthur, Ross, Enos and Vernon and by his sister Marlene Drummond. 

Harland was a graduate of the University of Waterloo, playing on the varsity hockey team during his time there. After earning his teacher’s certificate, he spent his entire 35-year career as a Phys. Ed. teacher at Mount Forest District High School. During a sabbatical early in his teaching career, he spent a year playing semi-professional hockey in Villars, Switzerland, where he met Marie-Anne. Knowing that she was the one, they were married in 1968 and returned to Canada to spend the next 54 years happily together. Harland was an active member of the community in Mount Forest, having coached a generation of students in a multitude of sports.  Harland was well-known for his thriftiness, as his family and friends can attest to. 

A Celebration of Harland’s Life will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2022 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Mount Forest Branch #134, 140 King Street West, Mount Forest. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Harland are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Society of Canada. England Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. 


My fondest memories were of Mr. Lichti in phys ed class and as a coach of the football team. Happy times. Please know Harland was well liked and respected.

— Scott and Hope Moore, March 14, 2023

Dear Marie-Anne , I am so sorry for your loss.
Harry was a wonderful husband and father .
I remember when you arrived in Canada , his beaming face showed his love as he introduced you to his friends .
I know your boys will be there to support you
Always Lynda

— Lynda Love Weber, January 14, 2023

— Lynda Love weber, January 14, 2023

Our deepest sympathy, Marie-Anne and family. We have many memories of Harland, both as a fellow PE teacher and friend. Traveling with teams to out of town games, teacher gatherings and of course golf games! Praying for you all at this time.
Basil and Edith Oke

— Basil and Edith Oke, November 22, 2022

Dear Marie-Anne, Tom and Mike and families,

I was sorry to hear of Harland's passing. It has been a few years since you moved from Mount Forest and it was sad to lose touch.
Hopefully you were able to settle these last years in a place you could also call home.

My most sincere condolences for all of you.

Miriam Long

— Miriam Long, November 22, 2022

Marie-Anne, Tom & Kim, Mike & Dianne and families. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies at the passing of Harland. He will forever be remembered as an educator, coach and a devoted sports fan. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Mark Howard & Dr. Sarah Ward.

— Mark Howard, November 20, 2022

We send our deepest sympathy. We remember Mr. Lichti as a great teacher and coach in high school (in the 70’s). – Barry & Thelma Rawn

— Barry & Thelma Rawn, November 18, 2022

Marie-Anne, Tom and Mike and families. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. I never had Harland for a teacher but he was very involved in other activities during my high school years. Many memories with our sons of hockey tournaments, hockey travels, etc. great times! Keep your memories close.
Jim and Ruth Penwarden

— Ruth Penwarden, November 17, 2022

We remember Harland as a good teacher at Mount Forest High School, back in the 70's and 80's. Our Sincere Sympathy to all of you. May his soul rest in Peace. Sincerely Bob and Mary McIntee, Mount Forest.

— Bob and Mary McIntee, November 17, 2022

I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Lichti’s passing. ( even after all these years I have difficulty using former teacher’s first names )
He was my physical education teacher and worked with our football team. We also opposed each other on the ice - and he was v e r y good.
His loss is a big one for the community.

— Ron Aitken, November 17, 2022

My deepest sympathy to Mrs Lichti and families. He was a great teacher.

— Karen (Jarvis) Switzer., November 17, 2022

Hello to the Lichti family. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you at this sad time. I had Mr. Lichti as a teacher, and many years as a coach. He taught me a lot as a kid as I grew into an adult. I have lots of great memories of this amazing teacher / man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jason and Amber Oakes

— Jason Oakes, November 17, 2022

Dear Marie-Anne, Tom, Mike and Families
I wish to extend to you, our sincere condolenceson on the passing of Harland. He touched so many lives through teaching, coaching and as a friend. His memory will live on.
Sincerely Marlyn Howard and Family

— Marlyn, November 16, 2022

So sad to hear of Mr. Lichti’s passing. He was a great teacher and a nice man.

— Dean Berkers, November 16, 2022

Our sincere condolences to Marie-Anne and family. I remember Harland so well from my high school days and his enthusiasm for all things sports. We had a great football team back in the early 70’s. Harland and Marie-Anne were also neighbours on Fergus Street and I had the privilege of babysitting Tom and Mike. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

— Joe and Faye (Ferguson) Meulensteen, November 16, 2022

The Lichti Family: Our deepest condolences to you on the passing of Harland. He was such a great friend and fellow sportsman. He and I did our first referee game together and many more after that. He was a terrific teacher for our children. We have many good memories, as do you. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Garn

— Garn & Barb Troyer, November 16, 2022

Our condolences to Harland's family.

our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this sad time.

— Cathy Dursun, November 16, 2022

Our sympathy to Marie-Anne and family.
John and Peggy Barnard

— John and Peggy Barnard, November 16, 2022

So very sorry to see this. Heart felt condolences to Marie-Anne, Tom and Mike and family. Was a great guy.

— Ruth Truax, November 16, 2022

Our sincere sympathy to Marie-Anne and her family, on this sad news.
Mr.Lichti taught during my entire high school years, and I remember him always full of energy, and being very competitive,
And I remember so well, the first time he brought his beautiful bride to a school assembly, such a great looking couple!!
Ruth-Anne and Wayne Rawn

— Ruth-Anne and Wayne Rawn, November 15, 2022

My sincere condolences to Marie-anne and family.

— Rob Mulchinock, November 15, 2022

Contact Info

294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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