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Nachruf auf Winfried Bitter, langjähriger Geschäftsführer von MC

FERPRESS - Modellbahn-Informationen - 06./07. 01. 2013 
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Wir haben die traurige Nachricht zu vermelden, daß einer der bekanntesten und engagiertesten Modellbahn-Fachhändler im süddeutschen Raum in der vergangenen Woche im Alter von nur 57 Jahren an Herzversagen verstorben ist.

                    Winfried Bitter

geb. am 4. Juni 1955 in Gelsenkirchen, gest. am 2. Januar 2013 in Stuttgart

Gemeinsam mit seiner Frau Ingrid, geborene Schüler, die er 1976 in Schweden kennengelernt und 1979 geheiratetet hatte, arbeitete der Industriekaufmann Winfried Bitter bereits seit 1978 im Stuttgarter Modellbahn-Fachgeschäft des erst vor kurzem am 19. September 2012 ebenfalls verstorbenen Firmengründers Wolfgang Schüler (Modelleisenbahn-Center Schüler). 

Winfried Bitter Stuttgart
















1990 übernahm das Ehepaar gemeinsam die 1955 gegründete Firma und leitete sie seitdem als gleichberechtigte geschäftsführende Gesellschafter. 1998 erfolgte der erste Internetauftritt unter www.mcschueler.de und ab dem Jahr 2000 gab es den ersten Onlineshop.

Winfried Bitter hinterläßt seine Frau und ihre beiden gemeinsamen Töchter Sabine (geb. 1984) und Daniela (geb. 1986).

Das Geschäft in der Stuttgarter Christophstraße, u.a. mit PIKO-Shop und Märklin-Shop-in Shop, wird auch künftig von Ingrid Bitter unverändert weiter geführt.

Wir alle trauern mit seiner Familie und seinen Freunden um ihn. 
Die Trauerfeier findet im engsten Familienkreis statt. 

Eine Traueranzeige erscheint am 12. Januar 2013 in den beiden Stuttgarter Zeitungen und kann dann unter http://www.stuttgart-gedenkt.de/Traueranzeige/Winfried-Bitter# aufgerufen werden (mit online-Kondolenzbuch). 

4 January 2013

A MEMORY OF WINFRIED BITTER - Nachruf eines langjährigen Freundes der Familie

Winfried Bitter was a man somewhat more of nineteenth century Germany than of our complex, difficult modern age. Of course he was good with computers, with the many technologies of manufacturing and communication that distinguish our twenty-first century. Winni would easily have appeared, to many, to be a man “very much of today” and that’s how most people saw him. But to we who knew him, there was much more to know.

The readers of “now” who explore German literature of the nineteenth century encounter a type of man who scarcely exists today: a man of righteousness – yes, righteousness, the word can sound odd to modern ears. A man of an enviable straightforwardness, Winni was not a man of the moment, he was a thoughtful man, indeed his thoughts went very deep into many subjects. And he was a man of honour – a word we hear too seldom today. Winni’s word was his bond.

He adored his family, even from the time when he and Ingrid were “thinking about” the possibility of being married. The idea wasn’t universally popular at first. But the two who were determined to be married – the two who “mattered” - were certain - and that was all that “mattered”. Winni and Ingrid produced two remarkable daughters with different – yet rather similar – talents, talents that promise distinguished careers for both of them. Winni was greatly proud of his “girls” – and, of course, of Ingrid. Together Herr und Frau Bitter built a global, twenty-first century business from the unique - and improbable - idea of Ingrid’s father and mother more than half a century ago. And they did it with a broad vision flavoured with a sense of fun.

Winni could be a stubborn businessman exactly when it was important for him to be - a stubborn businessman. Yet he was fair. Always. He was fair to his clients, to his suppliers, to his friends and to those whom he loved more than any others in this world: Ingrid, Sabine and Daniella. He honoured them as few husbands and fathers of today. Their wish was his command. Today we use the word “dedicated” too often. Too often we are not dedicated to our beliefs or our work. Winni dedicated his entire life to them – his beliefs, his family and his work.

One day I, the writer of this remembrance, mentioned to Winni that I would love to visit Dresden where the Frauenkirche, risen from the ashes, was about to be reconsecrated. I saw the newly finished church as the most important symbol of the new Germany and I wanted to be there for the ceremony. But Dresden is a long way from Stuttgart. “O.K.,” Winni said. “Be ready to get up very early in the morning and we’ll go!”

            I stared at him in disbelief. In typical “Winni style”, he was ready in an instant to drive all the way to Dresden and back in the same day, allowing enough time to attend the rededication of the Frauenkirche. That’s what Winni was like. He couldn’t do enough for his family and friends. 

            I regret very deeply never having heard Winni play a large pipe organ. He adored music; it was, quite simply, the breath of life for him. He was the only child allowed to play the organ in the church at Gelsenkirchen when he was a boy. Yes, I regret very deeply never having heard him play.

There was much to know about Winfried Bitter for people who admired the old, imperishable values. I cannot claim to have known him as well as his friends in Germany, but I loved and admired him for all of the reasons you do. Never was it said of any man more truly that: “We shall not see his like again.”

With love,

Alec Nesbitt

Larkspur, Colorado - USA 


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