REISEK, Gunter Paul

May 22, 1931 – April 12, 2013

Gunter passed away peacefully, at the Nanaimo Seniors’ Village on April 12th at the age of 81. Gunter was predeceased by his daughter, Lori-Anne, in 2004; and by his wife, Renee in 2005. He is survived by family members in Germany; his brother, Rudi; sister-in-law, Frieda; and by his niece, Angela; nephew, Stephen and their families. He is also survived by his best friend, his schnauzer dog, Rex.

Gunter was born in Strehlen, Germany on May 22, 1931. As a young boy, he was confronted with the challenges of surviving in war-torn Germany. After the war, Gunter saw an opportunity to develop his skill as a woodworker and carpenter and took his apprenticeship as a furniture maker. He worked in a furniture factory in Germany for a few years but looked for opportunities to take his skills and ambitions overseas. In 1954, Gunter emigrated to Canada. He worked as a carpenter in Winnipeg, then in Kitimat. He then moved to Calgary where he became a successful home builder. During his time in Calgary, Gunter met and married the love of his life, Renee. In 1959, Gunter and Renee welcomed the birth of their daughter, Lori-Anne. In 1976, Gunter, Renee and Lori looked west and saw home building opportunities on Vancouver Island. Gunter built many houses and duplexes in Nanaimo and saw an opportunity to showcase his cabinet making skills by opening a cabinet making business, Nanaimo Eurocabinets. Gunter worked hard and the business flourished. Gunter became well known for his craftsmanship as a cabinet maker. In retirement, Gunter loved to putter in his garden, found solace in symphonic music and enjoyed spending time with his buddy Rex.

Gunter’s friends and neighbours are invited to share some memories and refreshments on Saturday, May 4th, 1-3pm at the German Cultural Center, 71 Caledonia Ave, Nanaimo.

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