POPP, Bernhard “Ben”, of R.R.#3, St. Thomas, passed away at LHSC, University Hospital on Friday, April 27, 2012, in his 77th year. Husband of Hilde (nee Klaus) Popp. Father of Jannette Popp, at home, Bernhard Popp of St. Thomas, and Elke Popp-Legatto (Andrew) of Thornton. Grandfather of Emery, Phelan and Jaxson. Brother of Rudolf, Irmgard, Anni, Herman, and Karla. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a sister, Herta, and four brothers, Friedrich, Wilhelm, Martin and Werner. Born in Germany, February 11, 1936, he was the son of the late Martin and Jannette (nee Janssen) Popp. Ben was a retired millwright/welder at Timken Canada, St. Thomas and a former ship builder in Germany. His greatest passions were his wife, children, farming and racing pigeons. He was a member of the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union and a Past President of the German Canadian Club of St. Thomas. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation. A private service for immediate family will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to Special Olympics Ontario-St. Thomas, or the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas gratefully acknowledged. Our sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses, staff, and volunteers at London Regional Mental Health Care and University Hospital for their compassion and care. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).