It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He leaves behind his wife Gertrud, daughter Gabriele (Fred), and sons Michael (Margaret) and Martin (Caroline), granddaughters Victoria, Nicole, Kimberly, Carlie and Ashley, grandson Freddie and 6 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brother Karl-Heinz in the United States and Lisbeth in Germany.
Born in Unterlauchingen, Germany to Heinrich and Elizabeth Tiefert, he was the first of three children. At the age of 18 he became a bomber pilot, During WWII his plane crashed and was rescued by the Canadian Navy (HMS Monnow) in the North Atlantic Sea. There he was considered to be a prisoner of war and served the remainder of the war in a prison camp in Scotland. In 1979 he became an honorary member of the HMS Monnow.
In 1950 he married his devoted wife Gertrud. In 1957, he and his wife and their three children immigrated to Canada. Their first place of residence was in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he worked as a mechanic/welder for 5 years. From there, he and his family moved to Mill Bay. They ran the Mill Bay garage for 1 year. Deciding they didn’t enjoy being small business owners, they then moved to Chemainus in 1964 where he worked for BCFP until his retirement in 1988.
Walter enjoyed many passions including painting, hunting and fishing. During his years hunting in Chetwynd he met and made lifelong friends with Kenny and Lorna Nikirk. He used to entertain his family during get togethers with his singing, guitar playing and the harmonica. He particularly enjoyed the art of animal husbandry. In his golden years, he and his wife would spend their summers in China Creek.
He will be forever in our hearts and thoughts for our own individual reasons. He will be sadly missed by all of us who knew and loved him.
May you rest in paradise Opa.
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