March 17th, 1910 – May 28th, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of August Altwasser at the grand age of 101 years. He was fortunate enough to spend his last few days in comfort at the Vernon Hospice House, where he was looked after by a team of very kind, caring and dedicated people.
August will be lovingly remembered by his sons, Gerald (Margo), Garry (Lorrie), Jim/Keith (Cheryl); and his daughter, Gail. He will be further missed by eleven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; his only surviving sibling, Tina in Germany; numerous family members; many remarkable friends at Saddle Mountain Place; and his beloved cat, Jenny. He was preceded in death by his wife Irene, whom he was married to for 56 years; his eldest son, Ken; and daughter-in-law, Sharon.
August was born in Kurgani, Poland and came to Canada in 1927 at the age of 17. He landed at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and traveled on to Saskatchewan where he joined his relatives and worked for a while. He decided to move west, so rode the rails with his final destination being Lumby, B.C. During his lifetime, August owned an orchard in Rutland, cut shingle bolts for shakes in the Lumby area, helped open a pole camp at Sitcome Creek, and logged up Sugar Lake, as well as on his own home place which he purchased on Whitevale Road in 1944. Here he ran a dairy farm for about 35 years. Once the dairy herd was sold, August raised a commercial herd of cattle until 1976, when he retired. He was truly an inspiration to all and led an exemplary life as a husband, father, uncle, and friend.
Cremation preceded a Celebration Of August’s Life which will be held on Sunday, June 5th, 2011 from 12:00 Noon to 2:30 P.M. at the Whitevalley Community Centre, 2250 Shields Avenue, Lumby, B.C.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of August to Saddle Mountain Place, 1751 Glencaird Avenue, Lumby, B.C. or the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4
The family would like to thank the staff at the North Okanagan Hospice House for their encouragement, support, and empathy throughout our journey. They truly are a group of angels who make the passing of a loved one very special.
Arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5