Giszas, Kurt Werner

March 26, 1934 – December 8, 2020
at the age of 86 years

Kurt Giszas of Salmon Arm, BC passed away suddenly and peacefully at the Good Samaritan Hillside Village on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the age of 86.

Kurt was born in Memel, Germany on March 26, 1934. He came to Canada and married Annelore in 1956. They lived in Calgary until moving to Salmon Arm in 1974.
Kurt will be dearly missed by his daughter Karin (Gilles) Giszas-Rivard, his son Thomas (Sandy) Giszas and his grandchildren: Mathieu, Devin, Katarina, Nathan and Collin. He is also survived by his brother Fritz (Raina) Giszas, as well as many nieces and nephews and, of course, the many friends he has made over the years.

Kurt was an all-around handyman and was always willing to help out building or fixing whatever needed his attention. Many have pieces of his hard work in their homes or in their surroundings. He had a passion for sports and never missed an important game. He will always be a dedicated Calgary Flames and Stampeders fan. He always pushed others and his grandchildren to do their best and not to give up on a challenge. When it was difficult, he would give encouragement and be ready with a cold beer or a glass of wine for when you would be done.

Although he is not here with us, we will remember and cherish the memories, stories and lessons that he has shared and given to us over the years. He will be dearly missed.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Good Samaritan Hillside Village staff for their care and compassion.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date, when it is safer to gather.


  1. Karin, Thomas and families, we wish to offer our condolences in the loss of your Dad. He was always so welcoming whenever we would visit. We always enjoy reminiscing over the special times we had with your Mom, Annie & your Dad, Kurt. We had many get togethers in the 1980’s and 1990’s for dinners, birthdays, camping, fondues and sports, etc. Special times for sure. With heartfelt sympathy, you all are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

    Elaine & Daryl Koskimaki

  2. Thomas, Karin and families. Our condolences, our thoughts are with you all as you reflect & share memories of you dad? Sorry to hear of Kurt’ s passing.

  3. Kurt Giszas, a good-natured and trustworthy friend. Often over his ever-present coffee, I was treated at times to the narrated stories of his life as a child in Germany or else, when he and Annelore came to to live in Salmon Arm. Sometimes we were joined in our coffee sessions by my husband Jim who,being a tradesman himself, in metal cladding, enjoyed several conversations with Kurt, about his craft in the art of brick-laying.
    Then inevitably, the conversation would merge into sports, of course, and that’s when the dialogue became really interesting.

    He seemed to be a person, comfortable in his existence and giving of his time so unconditionally.
    It was a treasure to know Kurt and I will always remember him.

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