July 22, 1925 – July 25, 2013
In the early hours of Thursday, July 25th our wonderful husband/dad’s spirit flew out into a warm flower-scented night with the still, almost full moon lighting the way.
With broken hearts we announce the death of our beloved Alfred, in the Palliative Care Unit of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, due to Lymphoma. He leaves behind his loving wife, Astrid; loving daughter, Chris; and 3 beloved cats who are still searching the house looking for him.
He was a true family man, kind, loving, good natured with a great sense of humour, a true gentleman. He had a love for nature, animals, music, and gardening. He enjoyed wildlife carving and his hobby railroad, but his favourite times were spent with his wife of 51 years, Astrid.
After retiring from Nortel, after 33 years of service, and then moving from Ontario in 2002, Alfred enjoyed 11 years of the incredible, natural beauty on Vancouver Island. In his lifetime, he visited many countries but considered this island the most beautiful place on earth.
We gratefully thank all of our friends here, especially Karin and Don, in Ontario and in Europe for caring so much. We thank the many neighbours who showed so much compassion and support, we are touched by your kindness.
We express our sincere gratitude to the caring paramedics/1st responders and the doctors, nurses, staff in Emergency and the 5th Floor, and then for the one day in Palliative Care. Special thanks also to Karen from First Memorial for her compassion and for providing all necessary documents.
There will be no service at his request. For those so desiring, donations in his memory can be made to environmental organizations who work to protect and preserve this island.
No words can express how much we miss Alfred and our lives will never be the same without him.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
– From a Headstone in Ireland