June 18, 1950 – December 27, 2021
It is with utmost sadness to announce the passing of Gunter Senkowski, Monday Dec. 27th, after a short and courageous fight with his reoccurring cancer. Gunter passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his most perfect match, best friend, partner in crime, and love of his life, Jutta. Married for 48 years, side by side, they truly lived a life full of adventure. And man did he live!
Gunter’s life started in Bendorf Germany, but his living took him all over the world including precious years spent in the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean, settling down eventually in the beautiful Comox Valley Canada, where friends become family. His adventurous and traveling heart was never tempered; they travelled the world making new memories and friendships everywhere they went.
His favorite mode of transportation was arguably the boat he captained, or perhaps the flights he piloted, or maybe it’s the motorcycle he rode but either way he traveled, and any path he took he did so proudly to be able, and with an indomitable spirit.
The enthusiasm and courage that Gunter conducted his life with, was truly an inspiration to all that were fortunate enough to know him. Reflecting on his relentless pursuit of knowledge, adventure, competence, and understanding we have discovered that he was pretty darn good at a whole lot of things!
These things include being a German Navy SEAL, Skipper on private Yachts, Foiler of pirates, Horse logger, Rancher/Cowboy, Musician of multiple instruments, Entertainer, Geoduck diver, Blacksmith, Home builder, Motorcycle enthusiast (and mechanic), Treasure hunter, Aeroplane pilot and builder of aircraft, working for the Coast Guard, BC Ferry ship Captain, and Captain of a Windjammer Cruise Ship. Gunter was a proud citizen of Canada, his adopted country, also was the recipient of the Governor Generals medal for bravery as well as the American equivalent. Gunter loved to teach and share his knowledge.
Gunter’s friends Chris and Ellen perfectly describe him as “the most amazing configuration of star dust” that they have personally met.
Jutta would like to express her thanks and gratitude to anyone who made Gunter’s last months comfortable, the medical staff of
course, and especially to friends and neighbors who came to make things easier.
Donations to the Red Cross and/or the Comox Valley Hospice Society would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.Obituary
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