June 9, 1925
– April 1, 2017
It is with deep sadness the family of Hans Reichert announce his passing on April 1, 2017 at his home in Nelson. Hans was born June 9, 1925 in Eberstadt, Germany. In 1952 he immigrated to Canada to follow his dreams. Starting in the bush camps of Ontario and working his way across the country and finally settling in the beautiful Kootenays. In 1953 his wife Else and their two daughters, Karin and Ellen came from Germany to join Hans. Four years later their son Hans (John) was born in Nelson, B.C. In the early years Hans worked for several mining companies in British Columbia, eventually settling in Riondel and then Balfour and working at the Bluebell Mine in Riondel BC as a carpenter. Hans was a cabinet maker by trade and throughout his life his talents were captured in many pieces that he hand crafted.
In 1969 Hans retired from the mining industry and moved to Toronto to enrol in studies at the Radio College of Canada and in September of that year he received his diploma in Television & General Electronics. For several years Hans worked in the television industry in Calgary before making his way back to the Kootenays. He owned and operated Alpine TV Sales & Service, and it was during this time in the early 80’s that he met Hildegard and together they brought Satellite television to customers and neighbours. They enjoyed many years gardening, camping, travelling, experiencing the wonders of the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Hans was a gentle, kind man and had great joy for life and people, especially family. Hans also had an exceptional gift of a great memory and a passion for sharing stories of his life-long experiences.
Hans was a loving father, step-father, Opa, Great Opa and friend to many.
He leaves to cherish his memory daughter Ellen (Louis) Martz, son John (Anne) Reichert, extended family Doris (Frank) Vicen, Karl (Judith) Rosenberg, Jurgen Rosenberg and Brenda Rosenberg; grandchildren Dean, Heather, Steven, Jamie, Shawn, Sandra, Susan, Kurt, Eric, Eleanor; 9 great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
“Hans will always be remembered as an honest man of integrity.”
To honour Hans’ wish, there will be no service. Donations may be made to the Kootenay Lake Hospital in his memory.