El­derly Ex­eter area cou­ple, Grant and Ada Trieb­ner, died out­side their farm­house

The Goderich Signal-Star - - NEWS - JEN­NIFER BIEMAN

An el­derly cou­ple who died to­gether in the bru­tal cold out­side of their ru­ral farm­house is be­ing re­mem­bered by neigh­bours as an in­cred­i­ble pair who were al­ways to­gether.

Grant Trieb­ner, 90, and his wife Ada Trieb­ner, 83, were found by po­lice at their home about five kilo­me­tres north­west of Ex­eter Wed­nes­day morn­ing, af­ter a frigid and windy night that reached a low of nearly -10 C.

Theo­bit­u­ary for the cou­ple said Grant had suf­fered a heart at­tack and his wife died by his side in the cold while try­ing to check on him.

The­cou­ple was found by Huron OPP af­ter of­fi­cers were called to the yel­low brick farm­house at 71387 Air­port Line at about 9 a.m. Wed­nes­day to check on the their well-be­ing.

No foul play sus­pected, the death is not sus­pi­cious and po­lice are not look­ing for wit­nesses, Const. James Stan­ley saidThurs­day.

Neigh­bour Jim Rowe, who has lived across the road from the Trieb­n­ers for 64 years, said the sud­den death of the cou­ple is a hor­ri­fy­ing shock.

Be­fore he re­tired, Trieb- ner was a cash crop farmer and drove a school bus, Rowe said. His wife had been a school teacher.

The cou­ple lost their son to cys­tic fi­bro­sis in 1987, and had two daugh­ters and sev­eral grand­chil­dren.

When Grant Trieb­ner re­tired from farm­ing nearly two decades ago, he rented out his fields but re­mained in the farm­house with his wife.

Rowe said that even at 90 years of age, the hus­band was still very ac­tive. Trieb­ner was reg­u­larly out blow­ing snow from his drive­way in the win­ter and rid­ing his bike down the ru­ral road in the sum­mer.

Even in their later years, the pair were faith­ful and ac­tive in their Ex­eter church, Rowe said. They vol­un­teered their time and do­nated to com­mu­nity causes, too.

Trieb­ner was a mu­si­cal man who could play sev­eral in­stru­ments. He was also some­body who knew how to fix and build things.

Above all else, Rowe said, Trieb­ner was a lov­ing fa­ther to two daugh­ters and a de­voted hus­band to Ada Trieb­ner, who had de­men­tia

Rowe re­mem­bers sev­eral times when Ada wouldn’t rec­og­nize her long­time neigh­bours. She had to be prompted by her hus­band, but would for­get a short time later, Rowe said.

The cou­ple met a tragic end, but just like ev­ery chal­lenge life threw at them, the. Trieb­n­ers did it to­gether, Rowe said.

“They never did much apart from each other,” said Rowe.

“They were so close, to­gether all their lives.”

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Grant and Ada Trieb­ner

DEREK RUTTAN/ POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

Grant Trieb­ner (90) and Ada Trieb­ner (83) were found dead at their home in Blue­wa­ter onWed­nes­day.

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