Matthias Schoenewald

Matthias Schoenewald

Matt’s charmed life came to a peaceful end on Sunday morning July 20th 2014 with his wife Anne by his side.

Matt was born near Cologne Germany in 1924 and was brought up by his grandparents who made him the centre of their universe.

War interfered and he was drafted at the age of 17 to serve under Rommel on the African Front. He had the good fortune to be captured by the Allies who sent him to Colorado and Trinidad USA to wait in comfort and safety until the war was over. Many good stories survive from this period.

Life back home in Germany was good but he could not forget the North American way of life so he decided to immigrate to Canada in 1954.

He found work the week he arrived in Edmonton and soon after that he had an opportunity to work in Kitimat BC., the new town being built in the wildernes of northern BC, fast moving and exciting and he loved it there.

Anne arrived in 1956 and besides the usual immigrant struggles at that time all was good.

From Kitimat they moved to Prince Rupert where Matt became the premier Fire-Place Builder & Stone Mason in town.

In 1987 he fulfilled his dream to move to the Comox Valley. He built a lovely home on the Back Road where the Glacier was in his view every day. Life indeed was very good for the next twenty-five years, with some travel but mostly just enjoying the tranquil life at home and the companyof his many friends and neighbours.

He had a wonderful sense of humor and was generous and supportive to his family and was Uncle Matt to many nieces and nephews, especially to Stefan, Conny, Anita and Erin.

Anne would like to express a huge Thank You to

Peter and Antje and Lesley and Gary for all their Devotion, Help and Support these last weeks – to Doctors Gee and Kisman so understanding and patient and a real comfort – and the VIHA and Palliative Support Group -they were unsurpassed.

Matt wanted family and friends to gather soon to share memories of good times past and to recall some of his better stories, have a glass or two and ONE HUMPEN for him.


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