Erwin was born on July 22, 1938 in Grande Prairie, Alberta, passed away on November 22, 2019 at home in North Saanich, BC.
Raised on a farm west of Grande Prairie, Erwin left home to work in the oil and gas industry, where he spent his entire professional career working across BC, Alberta, the US, and the Middle East. After several years working in Yemen, Erwin transitioned into semi-retirement, settling on an acreage in Central Saanich, where he further developed his passion for gardening and spent many days cultivating and planting. Woodworking, learning to cook new cuisines, and smoking the Christmas turkey were also favourite pastimes of his.
Erwin loved nothing more than being surrounded by his family. He relished in sharing new experiences with them, whether it was enjoying the outdoors on a fishing trip, watching a baseball game, travelling, or having a full house to entertain at home. A great storyteller, Erwin loved to share memories of growing up on the farm, and of his great many adventures abroad.
He will always be remembered for his generosity, kindness, and great love and pride in his family.
He is survived by his wife Laurie; children Allan (Carolyn), Rebecca (Colin), Graham, and Amira (Martin); grandchildren, Julie, Justeen, Carson, Thomas and Joshua; and sisters, Meriel Andersen and Florence Dorscheid and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by many family pets whom he adored and leaves behind his beloved Labrador, Penny.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Lung Association, the Alzheimer Society of BC, or a charity of your choice.
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Gary Townsend and Maureen Newman