Hans George Gabriel Kratz

Jun 20, 1936 – Nov 8, 2017
Hans George Gabriel Kratz was born Elchanan Rosenbaum in the British Mandate of Palestine in 1936.  In 1948, his family left on route to Canada..

On arrival in Canada the family soon  moved  to Fort Vermilion in Northern Alberta. Hans  was temporarily separated from the family and placed in residential school  in Chicoutimi Quebec. While still in high school Hans met Juliana, who had travelled to Fort Vermilion to assist in nursing  in the hospital his parents, both medical  doctors, were running.  Juliana and Hans  became friends and married in 1954. In quick succession they had three  children.

Moving south  to Sherwood Park, Alberta, Hans  started his career as an educator, innovator and inventor with the Alberta education system and pioneered audiovisual education for the County of Strathcona. His skills brought him to the attention of Steve Jobs.

In 1993 Hans  and Juliana retired to Qualicum Beach BC where  they became involved in numerous volunteer organisations.

Hans  was deeply  passionate about  equality, fairness and the environment. He  became very involved in work of the Council of Canadians, Kairos, Project  Watershed, PovNet  and Living Wage,  as well as many other organizations.

For more information on his life go to http://faerydance.ca/Hans.html

Hans  found great  comfort and peace through  his involvement with the Quakers. Hans  Kratz passed peacefully at The Gardens with Juliana, his loving wife of 62 years, at his side.  He is survived  by Juliana, his children, Martin(Christina), Peter and Karin, his grandchildren, Stephanie (Brent), Robert  (Susan), Alexandra and Marcus  and great  grandchildren, Gabriella, Robert  and Michael; and his brother,  Rick(Mary) and family.

A celebration of Hans’ life will be held on December 2 at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach from 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Due to other bookings of this facility, guests are  respectfully asked to honour  this time limit. The generosity of the Administrative team  at The Gardens is much appreciated.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre  at Box 364, Errington, BC, V0R1V0.


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