August 14, 1929- March 5, 2014
Kurt Erich Wilms passed away on March 5, 2014. Kurt was born in Ober Pritschen KRS, Fraustadt Germany on August 14, 1929. In 1953, not knowing a word of English, he decided to move to Canada. He boarded the Anna Salen and sailed to Quebec, from there he traveled across the country by train to Saskatchewan. Kurt started working for a german speaking family on a large farm in Davin. This is where he met Eleanor and in 1956 they were married.
Later Kurt worked as machinist at IPSCO until 1966 when the family took a vacation to B.C. to visit friends and they quickly fell in love with the west coast. During this vacation Kurt applied for and got a job at Fletcher Challenge in Campbell River, the family quickly returned to Regina to pack their belongings, say their Good Byes, sell their house and that very same week moved to B.C. permanently, making their home in Black Creek. When not working on their hobby farm Kurt enjoyed curling, fishing, vacationing in Hawaii, and in his retired years he mastered the art of making wine from any fruit or berry he could.
Kurt is predeceased by daughter Doreen and son-in-law Richard, brothers Max and Walter and sister Martha. Kurt is survived by his wife Eleanor, daughter Sonya (Larry), grandsons Brian and Craig (Heather), great-granddaughter Ashlynne, brother Heinz (Louise), niece Angelika (Erich) and sister Elsie.
We wish to thank Julia Steele, Dr. Curtis and Greg Oksanen for all your knowledge and support.