November 27, 1935 – February 5, 2020
at the age of 84 years
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a gentle soul, Auke (Gus) Mannes, Sr. He was a talented, gifted man who loved to work with his hands. His early years in Holland honed his love of all things mechanical, and launched his love of science, motorcycles and cars. When he moved to Canada he was employed at both the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia as an engineer, working on the cyclotrons there. He could make anything, and build an antique car from the ground up, and in his later years he spent many happy hours in his shop doing just that. He had an inquisitive mind; “Science” was the last book he read.
He is predeceased by the love of his life, Helena (Lenie) Mannes. They shared an adventuresome life together, starting a hobby farm in Fort Langley before moving to their acreage on Grandview Bench in Salmon Arm, and going on two cross-Canada months-long trips in their motorhome.
Auke leaves behind his son, Gus, Jr., his daughter, Diana Mannes, grandchildren Christopher Mannes and Audrey Crouser, and great-grandchildren Auke, Owain and Sarah Keller, as well as his loving sisters, Henja Mannes and Alie Mannes (predeceased by sister Gre’ Mannes), and step-daughters Lori Pickering, Cindy Rudolph and Leslie Bowling.
The family would like to especially thank the Shuswap palliative care team, and Auke’s doctors, nurses and care aides. No service will be held, at his request. If you are so inclined, please consider a donation to the BC SPCA in lieu of flowers. May he rest in peace.