June 18, 1923 – January 14, 2020
at the age of 96 years
A graveside service will be held at the Solsqua Cemetery, Sicamous, April 4, 2020, 2:00 p.m.
Reverend Ann Meakes officiating
With saddened hearts, we announce the passing of Henry Wanner on January 14, 2020, a long time resident of Sicamous, at the age of 96.
Henry left larger than life tracks for us to follow on our way.
Henry was born in Linz, Austria in 1923, raised by foster parents, he excelled in schooling, finishing two years ahead of his classmates. He was in the Navy at the young age of 17, he then became a police officer. Henry immigrated to Canada in 1951, with abilities to speak both French and English.
Henry started as a logger on the BC coast changing careers to underground mining at Keno hill, Yukon. He worked Barkerville, Hope, Merritt, to the building of the Mica and Revelstoke dams where he was a heavy construction supervisor until his retirement.
He met his wife Emma in Revelstoke and they were married in Barkerville in 1958. Henry settled in Sicamous in 1965, as to him, Sicamous was beautiful and reminded him of his Austria home place. It became a place in his heart to raise his family. He lived a long life, but dementia slowly robbed his quality of life. Henry was a private person, with a huge heart and a kind soul. He loved family, friends, fishing, hunting, gardening, wood gathering and the building of two homes in Sicamous. At the age of 80 he could still outwork anyone more than half his age even with his crippling arthritis in his knees and hands. He liked playing bridge and was a relentless crib player (out for the kill). He enjoyed reading Louis L’Amour, sipping rum, Yvonne’s sugar cookies and making home brewed beer.
Henry was predeceased by his wife Emma and son in law Ernie Smith. He is survived by his children Yvonne, Norman (Heather) and Kevin (Leslie), grand children Ryan, Sarah, Kodey (Shealy), Jill, Mandy and Tricia, great grandchildren Maddison, Layton, Becket, Hazel, Zackery, Cutrina, Isik, Libby and Miley as well as life long family friend Bob Schager who always took time out to just spend time with Henry.
Thanks to Eric Schuller who’s daily visits were very appreciated. Special thanks to staff and management of the Sicamous Manor as they far exceeded the expectations of helping Henry stay in his town for as long as they could.
A graveside service will be held at the Sicamous Cemetery in spring to reunite Henry and Emma.
Love lives on forever,
in each memory and thought,
of the special ones who meant so much
and the happiness they brought.
Love lives on forever,
it will never fade away,
For in our hearts, our loved ones
are with us every day.
God speed Dad