July 2, 1936 – December 7, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Helmut Janke at the age of 80 years.
He was predeceased four years ago by the love of his life, his sweetheart Elli. Helmut will be forever missed by his three sons, Derek (Dawn), Robert (Erica) and Paul (Danielle). Helmut was the sweetest Opa to his grandchildren Devin, Karmen, Landon, Adison, Lilah and Oliver. He will be lovingly remembered by his brother Wendelin and sister-in-law Sofie in Germany as well as his niece Tanya and nephew Tristan and their families.
Helmut was born in Borowo, Poland to parents of German descent, Gustav and Wanda. After apprenticing in Switzerland as young man he immigrated to Canada in 1959. Elli and Helmut started their family in Edmonton before moving to Vernon in the early 70’s.
Helmut was a master carpenter and furniture maker and worked at BWP Millworks for many years. He leaves behind many wonderful pieces that will remind us of his eye for architecture and skills forever.
The beautiful game of soccer was supported in the house as his boys grew up. Helmut coached his boys in the early years and became a steadfast supporter as his boys matured. International matches that Germany played in were always a cause for the boys and Dad to get together. We will always have fond memories of yelling at the TV when things didn’t go our way.
Dad gave unconditionally. He did many major renovations and addition projects to the homes of all of his boys. This work resulted in making happy homes for his sons and their families.
During retirement, Dad kept a garden that was the envy of the neighbourhood. The best and fullest tomatoes on the street was the consensus of all the neighbours.
Helmut’s family would like to thank his friends for spending time with him while he was at Noric House and all the staff who cared for him.
A celebration of Helmut’s life will be held at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home Tea Room (4303 Pleasant Valley Road) on Saturday December 17th at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Please hug Oma for all of us.