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Hanspeter Bolli

Posted By Castlegar Funeral Chapel On July 25, 2019 @ 2:14 pm In Obituaries | 8 Comments

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 saveapextocottonwood@gmail.com [1]

Website with more information: https://savecottonwood.com/ [2]

An informal memorial get together in Nelson will be determined at a later date.




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Condolence from Marianne & Paul Bollinger on July 27th, 2019 10:42 am

Dear Claudia, Adrian, Priska, Jeannette and Christine

We were shocked when we heard Hanspeter passed away. Our deepest condolences to all of you. We didn’t
know he was sick. We knew something was wrong, but we didn’t expect that. On one of his last phone calls I asked if he is sick, he told me “No everything is OK”, he sounded very tired and I didn’t know what to believe. We will miss him very much; he always called us. We had good chats and he always had something to tell us and laugh about. I also learned a lot from him to pendulum that I’m very thankful to Hanspeter that he taught me all that. He was just a man everybody had to like him. He is in our hearts for ever. Wish I could have one last chat with him.

Hope to get in contact with one of you.

Marianne and Paul Bollinger

Condolence from Carmen Winterflood on July 30th, 2019 1:48 pm

Liebe Claudia, Adrian, Priska, Jeanette und Chrigi
Mein Herz ist mit Euch. Ich werde Euren Vater immer in bester Erinnerung behalten, den Schalk in seinen Augen, seine ruhige und humorvolle Art. Ihr habt einen schönen und treffenden Text über ihn verfasst. Schön, dass Ihr mit liebenden Augen und Herzen auf die gemeinsam gelebte Zeit zurückschauen könnt. Dies wird Euch viel Licht in schweren Zeiten schenken. Ich wünsche Euch allen dieses Licht, viele goldige Erinnerungen, welche Eure Leben erhellen werden. Wenn ich das Foto von Hans Peter betrachte, springt ein Funken des Glücks in mein Herz hinein und ich bin dankbar, ihn gekannt zu haben.
In herzlicher Verbundenheit, Carmen

Condolence from Urs Tanner on August 6th, 2019 2:13 pm

Ich erinnere mich sehr gerne an die Besuche bei euch und insbesondere bei Hanspeter.
Er war ein eindrucksvoller Mann, ein aufmerksamer Beobachter, ein wacher Geist.
Peter und ich lachen noch heute über einige seiner lustigen Bemerkungen.
Sein Humor war sehr knackig.
Er hat uns zur Weide gefahren und uns die Büffel gezeigt.
Das war ein unvergessliches Erlebnis!
Später hat er für uns Bison-Fleisch gekocht.
Ich habe in allerbester Erinnerung!
Danke für den interessanten und sehr schönen Nachruf.
Euch mein herzliches Beileid.
In Trauer

Condolence from Dorothy Dueck on August 7th, 2019 5:37 pm

My thoughts are with you. He was always so warm and welcoming, and even if we didn’t speak the same language, he made it clear through the smile on his face and light in his eyes that he derived great pleasure in providing for his family and friends. Thanks to your Dad, I was introduced to yellow raspberries, and ate the tastiest fish (trout) I’ve had – that he insisted on me taking home. He was in such loving, competent and caring hands with Priska and family.

Condolence from Erhard und Rosmarie on August 11th, 2019 12:26 am

Liebe Trauerfamilie

Zum Heimgang von Hanspeter möchten wir euch unser herzliches Beileid aussprechen. Wir werden ihn in bester Erinnerung behalten. Seine Anrufe bei uns haben uns immer sehr gefreut.
Ich erinnere mich gerne an die alljährlichen Silvesterausfahrten mit dem Pferdefuhrwerk im Wald bei Wurst und Wein. Egal ob es einen tollwütigen Fuchs oder einen entlaufenen Muni zu bändigen galt, mit Hilfsbereitschaft und Humor warst du stets zur Stelle.

Hanspeter, wir senden dir einen letzten, herzlichen Gruss.

In Freundschaft verbunden sind dir deine ehemaligen Nachbarn aus Guntmadingen.

Condolence from Joyce Heilemann on August 11th, 2019 5:55 pm

Priska, thinking of you at this time as you grieve the loss of your Dad. May many years of memories bring you peace & strength. With friendship, Joyce Heilemann

Condolence from Sandra Fuchs-Luck on August 15th, 2019 7:10 am

Liebe Claudia, Adrian, Jeannette, Priska und Christine

auch ich und meine Geschwister und unsere Mutter waren sehr berührt als wir von Tod,
Eures Vater erfahren haben. Wir wissen alle sehr gut wie schwer es ist seinen lieben Vater zu verlieren!
Aber wir haben Hanspeter immer sehr gern gehabt, und als wir die Fotos gesehen haben, haben wir
alle gesagt oje er sieht immer noch gleich aus! wie früher als Ihr alle noch in Guntmadingen waren.
Sein “verschmitzes Lachen” und seine schönen Augen.
Wir wünschen Euch über diese schwere Zeit viel Kraft, der alltag kommt zwar schnell wieder aber er
wird uns immer in Erinnerung bleiben!

Alles alles Gute für Euch

Sandra, Silvia, Karin und unsere Mutter Vroni

Condolence from Brenton Raby on August 23rd, 2019 4:31 pm

I saw the poster at the lake. I had been wondering when I would see this gentleman again as i had missed seeing him recently. I had gotten use to seeing and waving hello to this wonderful person winter and summer at the lake. My most sincere condolences and please rest in peace Hanspeter.

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