Erwin enjoyed a long and healthy life. At age 90, when the Nanaimo German Club held a surprise Birthday Luncheon for him, everyone in attendance were convinced he’d live to be 100! He passed away peacefully at Nanaimo Seniors Village with his precious wife, Ilse by his bedside.
Erwin grew up in Kulingen, Prussia, and immigrated to Calgary in 1953. He was an entrepreneur and established a successful construction business while raising his family. After twenty full and happy years spent in Calgary, Ilse and Erwin moved West in 1973 to milder winters on Vancouver Island. Erwin made many friends and enjoyed socializing with his neighborhood acquaintances, the Nanaimo German Club members, his travel friends, and his new Highgate friendships made in his final years. Erwin took great pride in his eff orts as a founding member of the German Club and sang his heart out performing in the German Choir. His motor home was in better shape when he finally sold it, than when he had bought it originally. Th is was after he had driven it several times down to Yuma to meet up with travelers from all over North America. Taking cruises in his later years, once he gave up driving the motorhome, provided both he and Ilse with many pleasurable memories. He was always interested in the world around him, and the sights to be experienced and explored. He happily toiled in his yard on Ellen Place and was a avid walker. Erwin felt blessed that his wife and life partner of 68 years, was the love of his life. If one were to sum up Erwin, he would be remembered for his devotion to his wife, his principled manner, and his ability to never complain about anything! He loved a hearty laugh and was simply, “a truly good man.”
Erwin is survived by his wife, Ilse, his son, Ryan (Mary), his daughter, Irma (Jim), and grandsons, Kris and Phil (Jessica). Erwin/Dad/Opa impacted his family and one always felt his love. We will miss him!
His Doctor (Steven Beerman) must be mentioned. This professional was a true friend to Erwin and the family. He took conscientious care of Erwin’s health and demonstrated incredible compassion for his patient and the entire family. As well, the Highgate and Nanaimo Seniors Village staff lent much needed support and caring, as Erwin required increased care and assistance. The family wishes to thank them for their many kindnesses.
Erwin remains frugal to the very end. So in lieu of expensive flowers, donations can be made to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation.
A final gathering to say good-bye to our Erwin will be held Thursday, January 28th at First Memorial Funeral Services at 2:00 pm. The funeral chapel is located at 1720 Bowen Road in Nanaimo.