Born in Winnipeg, Herman spent his early years in Little Grand Rapids and Berens River, MB. He had many fond memories of those years. In some ways he seemed destined to become a teacher: his first real job at 18 was teaching at Cross Lake at the north end of Lake Winnipeg. During the war the family moved to Oregon and Washington State where he joined first the American, and then Canadian Army. After the war he earned his degree and taught around BC: Vancouver, Bella Coola, Kitimat, Port Hardy, Revelstoke, Ladysmith and Surrey.
He was active politically in the community and with his church, and loved hiking and canoeing. After retirement he took up volunteering with enthusiasm: more tutoring, campaigning for the Heart and Stroke foundation, and advocating for the preservation of green spaces. He received the Governor General’s Confederation Commemorative Medal in 1992 for his advocacy work that helped create the Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey.
He is predeceased by his first wife, Vera, and son, Eric; grandson Brian; and three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Sadie; children Mary Jane, Don, Alan and Gaye; grandchildren Andrew, Julian, Zoe and Jeffrey; two brothers and a sister; and many nephews, nieces and extended family.