Elderly Exeter area couple, Grant and Ada Triebner, died outside their farmhouse
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.”
Grant and Ada Triebner
Grant Triebner (90) and Ada Triebner (83) were found dead at their home in Bluewater onWednesday.