Thorne Shindler: A kind-hearted “Mr. Fix-It”

April 6th, 2021

Thorne Shindler had an unbounded enthusiasm for life: he could fix almost anything, built his own cabin on Hollyburn Mountain, and became an accomplished ice-dancer in his 50’s!

Thorne was born and raised in Vancouver. He married his high school sweetheart, Marge, and worked at a variety of jobs during his life. Due to heart issues he wasn’t able to enlist but he did work for Boeing during World War II. Later, he sold and repaired sewing machines, owned a gas station, and worked as a bus driver. For a while, he and Marge owned a small ranch in Aldergrove with a riding ring and paddock – “ThorMar Stables”.

Thorne’s garage in West Vancouver was legendary – almost magical. Neighbors and friends would leave their broken devices outside on the workbench and when they came back to collect them, the items were fixed!

Thorne and Marge didn’t have children but they loved animals and they loved to travel, especially enjoying ocean cruises. Some year’s after Marge’s death in 1995, Thorne and his new love, Audrey, continued on with his passion for the high seas and the cruising lifestyle. He travelled everywhere and made new friends on each trip. He would happily show you all his itineraries, badges and menus!

Thorne eventually became a patient at St. Paul’s due to his heart issues. He credited the hospital with saving his life more than once and believed he received extra years, to spend with Audrey, thanks to St. Paul’s. In his will, Thorne left gifts both to the Heart Centre and for the general needs of the hospital.

We are thankful for Thorne’s generous and enthusiastic spirit and appreciate the support of this very special Mr. Fix-It!