1942 – 2017
Albert Brigl passed away at East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook on May 18, 2017 at the age of 74 years.
Albert is predeceased by Renate, his wife of 45 years, as
well as parents Jakob and Ida and brother Oskar.
Albert is lovingly remembered and missed by his three daughters Gundula Brigl of Nelson, Ursula Brigl of Cranbrook and Sonja Vogel along with his son in law
Paul Vogel and grand-daughters Isabel and Lina of
Albert was born in Munich, Germany on June 27, 1942.
His youth was spent outdoors and in the study of fine
art. He was apprenticed into the printing business at
14. He also became an accomplished photographer
and cameraman, documenting his many adventures.
After meeting his wife Renate while ski instructing, the
couple married and had two daughters. They explored
much of Europe together but had a dream of mountains
and wilder places. In 1979, the family moved to
In 1981, a Canadian daughter was born and Albert
built the family home in Gold Creek. He worked for
and eventually became the owner of Welo Windows in
Sparwood. On weekends, he could be found hiking or
at the cabin on Kootenay Lake – kayaking, sailing, and
creating a place of beauty and peace.
In his retirement, his greatest joys were the births of his
two grand-daughters. He cared for his ailing wife and
became content with the smaller joys in life, always
reveling in the beauty of the world around him. His
paintings, film and videos are a legacy of a life lived to
At Albert’s request there will be no service. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the Southstar
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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