February 8, 1925 – April 11, 2011
Eduard Prechtl passed away peacefully on April 11, 201 at his home in West Kelowna with his loving wife Myrna by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 86 years old.
Eduard was the son of the late Heinrich Prechtl of Kossentirol, Austria and Theresia Pinosa of Recica, Slovenia. He was born in Blatnica, Bosnia, Hersegovina. Growing up, he learned his craft and eventually completed his training and apprenticeship in Slovenia and earned his trade as a watchmaker, clockmaker and goldsmithing from his uncle, who owned and managed a jewellery business. At his young age, he went back to his hometown in Tesleque working on his trade for a few years. Later he proceeded to Austria, where he practiced his trade for several years. He then moved to Germany for fine mechanics installing clock instruments on airplanes.
In 1953, Eduard immigrated to Canada. He settled in Ottawa and continued to work on his trade. As a European jeweller and watchmaker, he opened and managed his own jewellery store named, “Eduard Jewellers” for 28 years. He moved to Kelowna for retirement. He saw the demand for his trade’s expertise. Because of his passion with his profession, he started bringing some work home from various jewellers in Kelowna and Westbank. He worked with West Ridge Diamond Jewellers, Haworth James & Sons Jewellers, J.K. Smith Jewellers, Golden Gems, Codispoti Jewellers, to mention a few. It was here in Kelowna he met the love of his life and got married in 1986. Eduard was involved with the German Men’s Club, “Schlaraffia”, in the North Okanagan. In Honor of his craft, he was known as, “Unruh.”
Eduard is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Myrna Tiu Prechtl and most beloved bouvier, “Marack”; his sister Veronica Olga Penit; nephew Eric Penit (Yvonne); niece Carmen Christensen (Milton); nephews Franjo and Joseph in Croatia; sisters-in-law Georgette (Boy); Flordeline; Venus (Dario); Elvie Lysette; brothers-in-law Oscar, Alex (Amy), Rene (Virgie) and Jerry (Rocelle).
Eduard lived to the fullest and enjoyed the life together with his wife until his passing. He will be missed by all of his friends and people who knew him.
Eduard and Myrna’s family have been touched by the unwavering day to day support of Flore and Co Langeslag; the kindness of Peter and Jelka Zvonar, Dr Gerhard Verster’s excellent care, the support of the Palliative Response Team and the Home Care nurse and other special friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 15th at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2547 Hebert Road, West Kelowna, BC. Reception will follow at the Church reception hall and then the interment at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, 1991 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Springfield Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.