September 22, 1933 – December 6, 2019
Siegfried (“Siggi”) Rohr passed away peacefully on December 6, 2019 at Evergreen Seniors Home in Campbell River, BC. He was 86.
Siegfried was born on September 22, 1933 in Seiferdau, Germany. He had a tumultuous childhood, with his family becoming refugees after the end of the war. When adventure on the distant shores of Canada beckoned, Siegfried emigrated to Ontario in the early 1950s. Siegfried worked primarily as a hard rock underground miner throughout his career. He worked all over Canada, including Sudbury, Saskatchewan, Stewart, Yellowknife, the Yukon, Britannia Beach, Jordan River, and Campbell River. He was a world record holder in mining, being part of a crew that broke a number of tunnelling records in the 1960s at Stewart’s Granduc Mine. Siegfried was careful and exact, with a keen and logical mind. These attributes, coupled with solid construction skills resulted in the single-handed completion of a house on Hornby Island that would weather the strongest storms.
Siegfried had a great passion for the outdoors. Being in nature afforded him peace and a chance to think. From hikes along the Quinsam River, to multiple summits of Mt. Baker, to trekking in the Himalayas and cycling in Europe, to family camping, backpacking and gold panning trips, he loved it all. One of his favorite activities was sitting in his camp chair, sipping his coffee and pondering the world’s problems. He was wise, gentle, fair, and kind, with a wicked sense of humour.
Above all, however, Siegfried’s greatest legacy is the love he had for his family. He was an extraordinary father and grandfather and the well-being of his children and grandchildren was always his top priority. He will be profoundly missed.
Siegfried is survived by his daughter, Annette Rohr (Stu Harris) of Redmond, Washington, his stepson, Steven Hickton (Karen) of Victoria, BC, grandchildren Kelsey, Connor, and Arabella, and his sister, Christine, of Deisenhofen, Germany. Siegfried was predeceased by his brother, Horst, of Ludensheid, Germany.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish at 34 South Alder St, Campbell River on January 18, 2020 at 11 am, followed by a reception to celebrate Siegfried’s life. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Hornby Island Conservancy where he spent many happy times.
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