WOLFGANG FRITZ ROBERT ROESNER
On December 19, Wolf took his last breath, resting peacefully.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on January 9, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church on Alexis Park Drive.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to the B.C.Wildlife Federation, one of the many organizations he was passionate about.
When he was told his rare form of cancer was untreatable and terminal; he honoured a family request to write his life history. He later said it could be his obituary. We agree…so we share his life in his words.
I was born January 9, 1933, in Königsberg Ostpreussen Germany. At the age of six I attended the Volkschule in Elbing Westpreussen Germany. I upgraded to a gymnasium, became a war fugitive and graduated from a two classroom country school in Sevelten, Oldenburg.
I completed a three year apprenticeship as a painter, gilder, decorator under a master painter in Löningen, with additional schooling in decorative art. I moved to Frankfurt am Main and worked as a journeyman in the restoration of century-old farmhouses, churches and historic buildings; exciting work for a young man after the war. In Frankfurt I met Anneliese Jäckel and she became my wife in a marriage which lasted 59 years.
Our firstborn was our daughter Monika, then daughter Angelika, both born in Frankfurt. As a young father I became restless and decided to leave my war-torn home country in the search of “Open Space” to find a new future for my family. My choices were Australia or Canada. I had little knowledge about either country. I preferred Canada since Anneliese’s Mom, brothers Fritz and Heinz and sister Rosemarie had immigrated previously and settled in Vernon BC. With my journeyman paper in hand I had no problem to have my application to immigrate accepted.
We crossed the Atlantic on the Seven Seas a converted Aircraft carrier. The voyage with rough seas was unforgettable. We landed in Halifax on May 9, 1958. We crossed Canada by train and disembarked in Sicamous BC. Robert our son was born in Vernon as well as our youngest daughter Barbara.
I found work at Baker Signs Ltd. in Vernon. In 1962 I decided to open my own sign shop – Wolf’s Sign Studio Ltd. Several years later I added a fiberglass division, Edelweis Plastic, specializing in custom moulding and boat repairs. With my wife Anneliese as a business partner; the sign shop and the fiberglass division provided after school work for our children and their many friends.
Our children all grew up rather quickly and received their education in Vernon. Monika married Larry Gobeil after graduation from high school. They moved to Kamloops and became parents to Karlisle. Angelika met and married Richard Klassen. They reside in Lumby and became parents to Nick and Kristy. Robert is the father of Jennifer and Travis. He lives in Williams Lake with his wife Robin. Barbara married Kevin Schmidt. They live in Armstrong and are parents to my youngest grandchild Dayle Anne. Nick Klassen and his spouse Lindsey Mcintosh presented us with Aiden our great grandchild.
My wife’s mother passed away some time ago and her two brothers died of cancer. She still has her sister Rosemarie and husband Reinhold Kruger living in Vernon and niece Sylvia, nephew Brian and his wife Stephanie.
I have two relatives in Germany: sister Ingeborg Roesner, a retired business woman, and brother Professor Dr. Hans Jürgen Roesner.
I never failed a day’s work in 40 years until cancer struck at the age of 70 and forced my retirement within ten days. I battled cancer on and off for ten years.
I found the “Open Space” I was looking for and had a rich life here in Vernon. I found many friends and had a happy business relationship with numerous true and steady customers. I joined the Vernon Fish and Game Club 45 years ago; was elected president at one time, and stayed active with the help of my wife Anneliese and the children. The club honoured both of us with a Life Membership in 1989. For 15 years I participated in the original Fish and Game Club Search and Rescue group. I became Charter Member number 25 when the Vernon Snowmobile Club was formed. I was concerned for Safe Boating and joined the local Power and Sail Squadron for 15 years, serving time as Squadron Commander and Interior District Officer.
I spent forty-five years of my leisure time at my cabin at Pinaus Lake. Not being the best fisherman, I explored the “Open Space” in the backcountry beyond the lake on my snowmobile and ATV. It was an ideal place for my children to grow up at and allowed my wife and I to guide and observe their free time. All became outdoors persons, hunters, and snowmobilers.