December 23, 1933 ~ October 10, 2008

Gerhard passed away peacefully on Oct. 30, 2008 at home with his wife, Marilou, by his side.

Born in Germany – moved to Canada in 1956. Lived in Kitimat and Prince George. Gerhard worked as a machinist. Moved to Vancouver Island in 1997. He leaves behind his wife of 15 years – Marilou, his first wife and very good friend Ilse Aust (Maple Ridge); 3 sons Tomas (Germany) Ronny (Sandy) North Carolina, Andy (Ana) Portugal, grandchildren: Selena, Diana, Daniela, Andre and Marcus.

Thank you to the following families and friends who were there for Gerhard and his wife Marilou during difficult times. There aren’t words enough to express our heart-felt gratitude: Kirkhams, Ilagans, Dietrichs, Bukers, Desjardines, Pascuas, Wulfs, Canlases, Watsons, Dukes, Clarks, Littles, Lapids, Caws, Mayomas, Daxes, McDougalls, Grymuzas, Rojics and Urbanos; Gauri, Babu, Steve, Cirilo, Analyn, Audrey and Rowena, Dading, Liza, Mila, Norm, Margaret, Ely, Donna, Kalwant, Carole, Shellough, Steve and Judy, Gary and Daisy, Lourdes, Lydia, Aida, Lorna and Sybil. To pastor Scott and Cathy and Pastor Markham, thank you for the prayers and support.

To the families in the Philippines, Australia and Japan: Macorols, Madolids and Camins, Gelis and Nagahamas, thank you for your special prayers.

Special thanks to Dr. Lorne Irvine, Dr. John Carr, Palliative Care nurses: Julie, Holly and Carol, staff of Nanaimo Home Support: Nurse Banu, Pavel, Bob, George, Susan and Lila.

Marilou would like to thank everyone for all your love and support. Gerhard will be sadly missed by his wife.

“You will be forever in my heart.

Thank you for our beautiful years together.”

Funeral was held Nov. 10, 2008 at Oceanview Cemetery, Vancouver B.C.

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