On Monday, September 1, 2014, in this 96th year, Bert passed away peacefully at University Hospital of Northern British Columbia.
He was predeceased by his wife Georgina (Horne) Dylke and his parents Charles and Mathilda (Welsch) Dylke, brothers Clarence Dylke and Melvin Dylke.
He will be lovingly missed by his children Norma (Peter) Bond, Edward (Maureen) Dylke and Menlha (aka Shirley) Bruneau, six grandchildren, Darilyn (Morten) Kehler, Tricia (Shane) Ronmark, Janis (Tim) Schwab, Sean (Liz) Dylke, Crystal (Ramiro) Gallardo and Kristofer Dylke, six great grandchildren Eva and Kai Kehler, Adam and Noah Gillis and Sophia and Owen Schwab, his brother Robert Dylke and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Bert was born September 6, 2018 in Richdale. Alberta. His father Charles Dylke emigrated from what was then part of the German Empire, now part of Poland, Dobrodzie? Guttental, Silesia in 1900 to Denzer, Wisconsin, U.S.A. Charles homesteaded in Alberta in 1910 and returned to Wisconsin where he married Mathilda Welsch.
Norbert married Georgina in 1940 and joined the Royal Canadian Army in 1942. It was during his four years in the army that he met Walt Palmer who convinced him that he should leave the Prairies and move to Nelson in British Columbia after the war.
So, after the war, Bert along with Georgina and young daughter moved to Nelson, BC where he and Georgina raised their three children.
Along with two partners, Bert started Nelson Creston Transport in Nelson and in 1963 started working for the Nelson School District as a mechanic and bus driver until his retirement in 1982. In 2005, he moved to Prince George where he lived until his death.
During his retirement years he built a little house in the back yard, converted a milk truck into a camper and continued to invent ways of making repairs and making things without spending much money.
His love of music was evident throughout his life and in his retirement he taught himself to play a five string banjo. He was also interested in languages and knew a few words in many languages.
He kept in touch with various family members by telephone and was very interested in family history and did some genealogy work.
Bert enjoyed walking around his neighbourhoods and visiting with friends and family.