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,
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
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