Josef Fritsch

February 15th 1953 – November 25th 2011

“Anything more beautiful than me is just tacky”

Joe Fritsch

Beloved husband and father, Josef Fritsch was unexpectedly taken from this life on November 25th 2011 at the young age of 58.

Josef was born in Feldkirch, Austria on February 15th 1953. He was one of a kind with his hearty laugh that could fill a room, a constant smile on his face, and always a joke to tell. Joe had been working for SYSCO for the past 10 years after being Owner/Operator of the Avonlea Dining Room at the Prestige Hotel and Conference Centre in Vernon, alongside his wife Liz. He was also Executive Chef at the Vernon Lodge for many years. He had many passions including cooking and photography, but his greatest was taking his Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 onto the open road. Above everything, he loved his family.

Joe will be forever loved and missed by his loving wife of 30 years, Liz, and daughters Karin (Tylor) and Christine (Bella, the Pom), mother Steffi, sisters Margit and Andrea, and countless family and friends in Austria and Canada. Joe is predeceased by his father Alois Fritsch.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00am on Saturday December 10th at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church on 10102 Middleton Way in Coldstream.

A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday December 11th at the Prestige Hotel and Conference Centre in Vernon.

Everyone who knew Joe is invited to attend the mass and Celebration of Life.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation ( for a new Multi-purpose Interventional Suite for cardiac care.

Thank you to all friends and family for their love and support.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bethel Funeral Chapel.

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