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Helmut Rudolph (Rudy) Stoessel

August 19, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Rudy on August 19, 2014. He was born in Konigsee, Germany on September 6, 1930 and grew up there, moving to Canada on his own in the early 1950’s.

He leaves behind Alice, his loving wife

of 52 years and children Ursula (George) and Tony (Ann). Grandchildren Patricia (Alan), James (Angela), Richard (Brooke), Mark and Sophia. Great grandchildren Myles and Presley. Brother Walter (Ursula) nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

Rudy loved working for the BC government as a surveyor, being out in nature all summer was the best part for him. Road trips with him were history and geography lessons, he knew it all and enjoyed teaching his family. He was always there to help anyone in need, regularly donating blood until he was told he was too old, which disappointed him.

He enjoyed sailing, canoeing and fishing, as well as hiking or walking every day.

After retiring, Rudy and Alice moved from Victoria to Nanaimo where they kept busy, volunteering with the Nanaimo Senior’s Society, St. Philip’s, Cedar and within their townhouse complex. They also enjoyed travelling, wood working, doing tai chi and making stained glass art pieces and lamps. Most of all, they loved to spend time with their family and friends, especially the children.

A celebration of life service will be held at St. Philip’s, 1797 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo on September 27, 2014 at 2 pm. As per his wishes, he has been cremated and his ashes will be spread by the family.

Although we miss him here, we know in our hearts that he is just fine now.

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