Emanuel Alfonse (Al) Buchli
Emanuel Alfonse (Al) Buchli passed away in Toronto from liver disease on Jan 23, 2011, with his loving family by his side. Al was born Jan 21, 1919, in the village of Scuol, Switzerland. He grew up in Chur and at 17 he apprenticed as a chef in the Grand Hotel in Zurich. At 20, he entered the Swiss National Army and served for 5 years as a cook during WWII. Al immigrated to Canada in 1948 and worked in Lake Louise, Alberta as a chef at the Post Hotel. He then moved to Quebec where he met the love of his life, Elisabeth (Els) Cryns and married her in 1954. He worked as the head chef for Alcan, in Arvida, Quebec for 11 years. While he and Els started their young family there, he was an avid skier and sailor and founded the local sailing club. The family moved to British Columbia in 1964 and he taught at the B.C.I.T. and Vocational School in Burnaby for 21 years as a chef, training a new generation of chefs. Al was a Member of the renowned Cheine de Rotisserie and he won First prize in San Francisco for Best School. Al and Els retired to Vernon, BC in 1985 and in 2009 they moved to Toronto to be closer to their 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Al is survived by his older sister Carla Geering, his beloved wife Els, his children: Ines (husband Michael); Richard (partner Susan); Yetti (husband Andrew); Christina (husband Scott); and grandchildren: Tamara, Kyle, Mikaela, Caleb, Wyatt and Olivia. The many stories of his mythical talent to make an exquisite meal out of an empty fridge, his love of beauty in nature and art, his unquenchable curiosity, his vast worldly knowledge and his amazing ability to fix and create anything will live on fondly in his devoted family and caring friends. A Celebration of Al’s life will take place in Toronto. Donations may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation or the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. To send condolences, please visit www.ridleyfuneralhome.com.