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Written by Werner’s own hand.

Born in Germany on January 1 1925, died July 8 2017.

He had the privilege to grow up in a beautiful country side next to a castle with all the extras.

He left home when he was 16 to learn his trade in the dairy industry lasting 29 years.

In October 1943 he had to join the military and with the end in sight he became a US-POW in September 1944 near Belgium.  It lasted 27 months.  He laboured all that time and in mid-1945 was privileged to work with 15 others in the center of Paris until he was released in November 1946.

He went back to work including extensive schooling to become a full time lab technician until 1957.

It was also the year when he and his wife went overseas to venture into the best country called Canada.

He married his lovely wife in 1954 and in all managed their life for 62 years.  It was a successful beginning in Calgary and they moved on in 1962 and settled down for the rest of their life in their home town Victoria.  They soon became Landlords for the next 23 years and there was lots of time left to enjoy their homemade motor home, traveling crossing borders into lands what is called the USA, Mexico, Alaska and Maritime Provinces and Germany many times.

All comes to an end.  Amen

There will be a Celebration of Life at the ARIA (737 Humboldt Street, Victoria), from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.  Contact to confirm your attendance.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Bruce and Jamie Porter
    July 18, 2017

    The world can never have too many gentlemen, and our friend Werner was a kind, thoughful, gentle man who made a significant contribution to the Aria community and to our lives personally. Thanks so much for sharing all those interesting stories and great life hacks with us, many of which we have incorporated into our own lives. We miss you and think of you often. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Werner’s family.

  • Dirk Ruholl
    July 17, 2017

    Dear friends and acquaintances from Werner,

    with huge dismay I heard of Werner’s sudden death via telephone. After I sorted my thoughts, I would like to write this letter and tell you that you lost a kind, friendly and helpful person.
    Unfortunately I’m in contact with Werner only since January 2016 as he read my book “Schloss Schwarzenraben” and contacted me. Because his family lived there and his father was an employee there, Werner was born in this region. He was enthusiastic about that book and we decided to phone once a month in order to tell me more about his experiences all around the castle, its inhabitants and stories from my village Bökenförde. Sometimes our telephone calls took three hours in which we shared a lot of information and made friends. Werner told me a lot about his exciting and eventful life. Some people remembered full of joy the young Werner called Möpse who made many jokes at that time and ensured that school was full of entertainment und joy.
    Even in our final call he encouraged me to carry out an excavation at the castle. He said that if he wasn’t be so old, he would help with a shovel and search for the lost room.

    In Canada Werner felt at home and comfortable. I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who enabled and was part of his birthday party in January. Werner was delighted, sent me photos and told me everything about it via telephone.
    However he never forgot his nice youthful days in Germany and was glad to talk about former times with an interested person from his old homeland. I still have got a finished letter on my desk including photos with which Werner wanted to help me labelling them. Our next telephone call was planned for 28th of July. I had so many questions to Werner…

    I’m feeling sad about the loss of my new but nevertheless old friend and would like to ask you to keep Werner Hauswirth in mind with happy memories.

    In silent grief

    Dirk Ruholl,

    Someone called me via telephone and informed me that Werner died. Unfortunately I didn’t understand the name and the correct mail address, therefore I write by using the web link. My English is quite bad, so that my colleague and English teacher Yvonne Linnemeier translated this text. Many thanks!

  • Roscow Luke
    July 15, 2017

    I have known Werner for seven years and it has been a pleasure befriending him. He was a resident of the Aria condominium and was always involved in volunteering his services in the building. He was kind to me and we have had some good laughs. He was fun to be around and I shall dearly miss him.

    My condolences to the family.

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