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Goodbye to a Giant Chinchilla Giant

March 15, 2015

There comes a time when, like in the movie “Meet Joe Black” it’s easy to look back and wonder if we made a difference. Recently a very active member of the Giant Chinchilla community passed away. The information from the Giant Chinchilla page:

Carl W. Filliater, 78, a retired Fremont Police Officer, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was born on Sep. 1, 1936 in Arcadia, OH to Edmond and Bessie Mae (Edinger) Filliater. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Louise A. Dolweck on August 3, 1957; she survives.

Carl was a 1954 graduate of Gibsonburg High School. He joined the Marine Corps April 1954, discharged from active duty November 1957. He joined the Marine Corps Reserves until Dec. 1965. July 1963, Carl joined the Fremont Police Department, retiring January 1991. He helped form the Color Guard and participated in several parades. After retirement, Carl continued to be active with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge. Carl was also a Radio and TV repairman with Swartzlander Radio.

In 1966, his wife’s parents gave his kids bunnies for Easter. This prompted Carl’s “5D Rabbitry” hobby for nearly 50 years. Having upwards to 700 rabbits at a time. Carl and Louise have traveled to several states for rabbit shows, which Carl was also a Judge. He was a member and held office in Sandusky Valley Rabbit Breeders Association, Ohio State Rabbit Breeders Association, American Rabbit Breeders Association, and the National Giant Chinchilla Rabbit Association. Carl was very well known for being a top breeder of Giant Chins.

Carl is very proud of and loved his grandchildren dearly. He enjoyed attending and supporting their various sporting events and musical concerts.

Mr. Filliater made a difference. As a Marine. As a police officer. His name appears in Giant Chinchilla pedigrees far and wide, including several in my herd. With a volume of rabbits to choose from, he could pick the best to breed, show and sell.

The rabbit world is small, and the rare breed world even smaller. I’ll pause this afternoon to reflect of times at shows, the now older rabbits needing younger replacements to come aboard. I’ll give some thought to where that program is going, with the practical use of the rabbits as well as selecting to make a difference going forward. For those that paved the path, it’s not enough to enjoy the benefits…we must take it forward.

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