Seidel, Karl Ernst
November 1, 1940 – December 31, 2015
It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our dad, Opa, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Surrounded by family and love until his very last breath, Karl left this world at age 75 after a life filled with travel, adventure, and hard work. Born during WWII, he emigrated with his family to Canada from Germany via the MV “Beaverbrae” in 1953, eventually settling in Coaldale, Alberta. Working the sugar beet fields, wrangling cattle for the Burn’s Ranch, partnering to create and operate “United Drywall” in Calgary and then “Yellowpoint Drywall” in Yellowpoint (where he settled for many years) were ways that dad showed that he cared for and always provided for his family. He was an exceedingly generous man and could always be counted on to help friends and family with good advice (he was a financial whiz!), a bottle of his homemade wine (raspberry was the best!) and even with the occasional loan or financial gift. In his latter years, he supported many causes with a particular fondness for Covenant house and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Dad and mom were able to travel the world often, including a year-long stint in Australia (family in tow) and many vacations with good friends to Mexico, Hawaii, and Cuba.
Despite all the happy times and hard work there were losses that affected dad particularly hard. In 1986, dad’s niece Debby Gutz was taken by cancer, in 1983 dad’s best friend, Jack Gutz passed away, and then in 2003, Emmy, the love of his life, passed away unexpectedly. He became ill but beat his lung cancer with stubbornness and sheer determination. However, dad was left with the aftereffects of treatment and his heartache over the passing of mom, from which he never seemed to fully recover. In 2007, other tragedy rocked dad’s world with the untimely passing of his granddaughter, Rebecca Seidel at age 13 and yet again in 2011 with the passing of his niece, Cheryl Newman. He carried on by doting on his other grandchildren Cassandra Seidel, Anthony Maslen, and Eric Maslen, whose football games he attended often and regularly.
Dad is survived by his daughter Linda Maslen (Dwayne), his son Norman Seidel (Julie), his three newest grandchildren Briana, Cailin , and Skylar, his siblings Greta Moch (Gert, deceased), Charlotte Lukewich (Al, deceased), Heinz Seidel (Hanna), Horst Seidel (Sharron), Monika Seidel (deceased), Klaus Seidel (Peggy), and his beloved nieces and nephews. There are also many friends whom dad discovered at the German Club, through the I.O.F., through his businesses, and along the way, but certain ones were always at the house: mom’s brother Jack Gutz (deceased) who introduced dad to mom, Dagmar and Gunther Wichary (deceased), and too many more to count. Dad was a true social butterfly and was loved by all. The list would not be complete however without mentioning Chuck and Natalie Reinfelder, who were true friends to both mom and dad for decades, and who were with him through just about every crisis that he weathered, right to the very end.
As dad would roll his eyes and complain of their expense, in lieu of flowers, please support a charity of your choice or consider supporting a local children’s organization. Alternately, he would have loved it if you raised a glass of beer in his name!
Memorial Service will be held Saturday January 9th at 11:30 a.m. at Telford’s of Nanaimo, 595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC followed by a reception.
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