Loving father, grandfather and great grandfather Albin Falt was called back to serve the Lord on Jan. 23 and to rejoin his beloved Georgina.
A Cowichan Bay pioneer, Albin passed away suddenly at the age of 93 at Cowichan District Hospital with his loving family by his side.
Albin had a special quality that endeared him to everyone he met. His captivating smile, charm and willingness to help others were among his many wonderful personality traits.
Albin was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Georgina, and eldest daughter Sharon, in 2013 and great grandson Mikey Young in 2004.
He is survived by son Bernie Falt; daughters Camille Wright (Rich Rogers) and Theresa Bodger (Don); grandchildren Deanna Schmidt (Ron), Gina Young (Shawn Sheppard), Shauna Lee Thomas (Mike Vipond) and Derek Wright (Diana); great grandchildren Andrea La, Danielle Schmidt, Kadeyn Vipond, Trinity Vipond, Tyler Wright and Bowden Wright; and brother George Falt (Betty).
Albin was born in Austria and came to Canada with his family in 1935. They settled in Chilliwack in 1939 before moving to Victoria a year later.
Albin enlisted in the service in 1941 in Victoria when he was 17. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War.
He had met Georgina previously in Victoria. They were married in 1946 at Esquimalt and they moved to Cowichan Bay in 1947.
Albin built the Falt Brothers Marina in Cowichan Bay where the Cow Cafe is currently located. After that, he founded a tugboat company. He was a true Cowichan Bay pioneer.
Albin volunteered for many organizations over the years, and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and an ardent Legionnaire.
Albin built a log home in the Cariboo at Alexis Lake that was a labour of love. He spent many months at a time there after he and Georgina retired and they also enjoyed numerous trips to Hawaii and excursions with the family.
At the age of 58, Albin obtained his pilot’s license.
Family was always Albin’s pride and joy, but he also thrived on his work.
Albin loved talking to people and he was very well respected and admired.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to his family doctor, Brian Bass. Special thanks to the Cowichan District Hospital’s Third Floor nursing staff and members of the I.C.U. for their wonderful care and kindness toward our dad.
A mass celebrating the life of Albin will take place Friday, February 3 at 1 p.m. at St. Edward’s Church, 2085 Maple Bay Road, Duncan, with Father Luyen officiating. Food and beverages will be served afterward in the church hall downstairs.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Albin’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. On-line condolences may be offered at www.sandsduncan.ca.