(August 20, 1928 – August 14, 2012)
Hans was born in Konigsberg, Germany, in 1928, and found his way to West Germany after World War II. He met his wife Trudy (nee Imhoff) in 1950 and they were married in 1951. Hans emigrated to Canada in 1951, and after establishing himself in the East Kootenays of B.C. his wife followed him in 1952. Two children came soon after, and he worked for the coal company in Michel/Natal, B.C. until 1963. After completing a course as an electronic technician he moved the family to Prince Rupert, B.C. in 1963 and worked for the pulp and paper mill there. He was also employed at the Prince Rupert Fisherman’s Co-op as a maintenance supervisor for a 4 year period, after which he returned to the pulp mill until his retirement.
Hans loved living near the ocean and loved sailing and fishing. The Skeena River and surrounding area held a special place in his heart. He was able to continue to enjoy these activities upon retirement in Courtenay. His family was most important to him, and he particularly enjoyed the times together with interesting and stimulating discussions on matters of the world.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of over 60 years, Trudy, his two children Margaret (John), and Oliver, as well as two grandchildren Alex (Rebecca), and Anna.
The family would like to thank Dr. Matous for many years of wonderful care, as well as the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital for their special care during his final days. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Comox Valley Funeral Home.