Karl Glaus, ski pioneer in the city of Vernon, passed away on January 15th 2009. He will be missed and remembered by his two daughters, Laura and Paula and leaves behind him a sister, Frida (Herbert Hoover), and brother, Fritz (Madelaine Glaus). He also leaves a large extended family of nieces and nephews to whom he was very close, Tamara Coulson (and Ken), Stephanne Glaus, Franz Glaus (and Fiona), and great nieces and nephews, Amanda, Nathaniel, Carlin, Moira. His final (canine) companion, Riga, slurped and dribbled her way into his heart.
Born in Riga, Latvia, he spent many of his formative years in Switzerland, his father’s home. He moved to Vernon in 1957. As owner of Karl’s Sport Haus, the first ski pro shop in Vernon, he mentored many local skiers. Karl saw great development on “Silver Star”, opening the first ski retail outlet on the mountain. Later in life, he embarked on a second career involving another of his passions, computers. He thrived on rebuilding computers and teaching computer skills to others. An avid researcher, he was constantly adding to his skill-set and knowledge and enjoyed the challenge of an intellectual discussion.
A family memorial was held at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Vernon, in January. He will always be fondly remembered as a great skier, poor golfer – by his own claim.
In lieu of flowers, make a donation to your local Ski Foundation or favourite charity.