Armand Konig

ARMAND KONIG

1920-2008

Armand Konig, retired Vancouver City Fire Chief, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2008, in

Vernon, BC. Armand was predeceased by his devoted wife, Carol. He is survived by his loving

daughters, Cheryl (Roger) Sheldrake of Corvallis, Oregon and Gail (Jon) Ottesen of Vernon. He

will be greatly missed by his 4 married grandchildren: Jennifer (Rob), Jason (Tammy), Ryan

(Lisa) and Trevor (Anna) and 6 great grandchildren: Kyla, Brandon, Darien, Chenielle, Jocelyn,

and William.

Armand was born in Vancouver on June 28, 1920. His father, a master chef, taught him the art

of cooking and at age 15, Armand travelled to Banff Springs Hotel to work as the youngest fry

chef the CPR Hotel ever hired.

With the arrival of WW11 and his attraction to fl ying, Armand joined the RCAF at age 21.

After receiving his commission, he was posted as an instructor of Flying at Arnprior, Ontario.

The RCAF gave Armand permission to marry his sweetheart of 6 years, Carol, in Vancouver on

August 19, 1942. They were then allowed to live in married quarters, transferring from Regina

to several different fl ight training centres in Quebec. He trained English Royal Navy Offi cers,

who would then take command of their own navy ships, until the surrender of Germany.

When Armand returned to Vancouver from the Air Force, with Carol’s father’s help, he joined

the Vancouver Fire Department on August 1, 1946. With the passion, commitment and drive

that Armand had, he achieved the rank of Fire Chief of Vancouver in September 1969 and held

that post for 13 years. During that time, with his vision and foresight, he was one of the

driving forces to implement and modernize city fi re codes that are currently used all across

North America, Australia and England.

After 36 years in the fi re service, Armand and Carol decided it was time to retire. They had a

long list of activities they immensely enjoyed such as travelling extensively around the world

and, with Armand’s usual zest and enthusiasm, found gardening, cooking, wood working

and fi shing were his favourite hobbies. Armand enjoyed visits from many lifelong friends and

family.

Armand moved to Vernon last year after the loss of Carol, to be closer to his family. With

Armand’s charisma, caring and charm, he made many new friends.

Armand was a born leader with a mixture of strength, gentleness and compassion and will be

sorely missed by all who knew him.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of

Pleasant Valley Funeral Home with Mr. Brian Jackson offi ciating.

Arrangements are in the care of

Vernon Funeral Home

542-0155