May 10, 1937- July 21, 2019
With heavy hearts we are saying farewell to our beloved Papi. His positive outlook, strong spirit, and his ability to look at the bright side allowed him to move through the good and difficult times, also as his body started to fail him. He lived his last days as he did his life, moment to moment, knowing what is important to him, facing what comes and always coming back to seeing the beauty around him. He wished to remain at home with family through this illness and did take every opportunity to spend doing that which he loved. He graciously accepted the increasing limitations and did not let them bring down his optimism and joy for living. Until his very last days, he insisted on finding his way to his beloved Cottonwood Lake for fishing, or to go for a drive visiting the family horse at Running M farm.
Dad grew up on a farm outside the small village of Guntmadingen in Switzerland. While idyllic on one hand, it barely provided him with a livelihood. His physical strength, ingenuity, endurance and hardworking nature gave him the peace of mind that he would be able to support his big family. He spent long winters working in the forest and summers doing horse drawn wagon tours in the vineyards, while looking after cows and crops. He loved his horses, valued the friendships he made in the military service, and always brought his sense of humour to life! And he had a big dream, which started in his youth when a teacher told him about the vast and wild Canada, where farmers could farm freely and own all the land they needed. He started some trips to Eastern Canada and on his last day of his last trip, to Alberta, he finally found what he had been looking for. He realized this dream by purchasing a beautiful farm in Central Alberta, where he proudly bred a show quality, high producing dairy herd under the name of Bolli Holsteins. Eventually he expanded into raising buffalo, to which he felt a deep connection. He also much appreciated the support from the family in realizing this farming life.
When the time came to let go of farming, he transitioned into living with two daughters in Nelson BC. His adventurous spirit persevered and he went on several trips, one as far as Ecuador, seeing the Andes Mountains, the Amazon basin and to the Pacific Ocean but always keeping his eyes on how the locals were farming. He had great appreciation of journeys to Arizona, the Grand Canyon and Mexico. Fishing became his passion and he spent countless days and seasons getting into his blue Honda to drive up to Cottonwood Lake. There he would also have a like minded community of people and he was happy to see others at the lake.
Right until his last moments with us, you wanted to go to the lake for fishing, making your way to the dock, seeing if you could catch a couple of trout. You lived life to the fullest and we are happy to have been able to support you in doing so. Sending you off with much love and gratitude. You are a mighty oak and a kind soul. You have touched many and will not be forgotten.
Your loving Family and Friends.
We are very grateful for the heartfelt support from the healthcare team – Dr McKay, Dr Malpass, the nurses in chemotherapy, palliative nurses, home support workers and the other caring beings whom we consulted and who offered their knowledge and wisdom.
Donations in his memory may be made in support of preserving Cottonwood Lake in Nelson from the effects of private logging and to establish a park. To do so, ask for an envelope with his name on it at El Taco, in Nelson, BC or email for donation instructions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Website with more information: https://savecottonwood.com/
An informal memorial get together in Nelson will be determined at a later date.
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