Zust, Andy

January 4, 1958 – December 16, 2016
at the age of 58 years

A memorial service will be held at Fisher’s Funeral Services on January 4, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Andy passed away on December 16th, 2016 at Bastion Place, Salmon Arm at the age of 58 years.  He was born on January 4th 1958 in Zurich, Switzerland as the son of dairy farmer’s Hans and Marie Zust. He grew up together with his brother Hans on the farm in Bachs, a little town out in the countryside north of Zurich. Six years of Elementary school in Bachs were followed by three years of “Sekundarschule” or High school in Stadel, another small town just a few kilometers away. He did his four-year apprenticeship as a mechanic at Swissair, then still a very reputable airline. During the following years he attended different schools and got several degrees in business administration, accounting, project management as well as information technology and also hotel management.
At the same time he pursued a military career starting with basic training in 1977 in the Swiss army tank force followed by corporal school. Further, he had the chance to attend advanced officer training ending in him being a captain and assistant of the commander of a mixed field division in western Switzerland.
Privately, after plenty of schools and no money left, he married Lisa on June 1st 1985.
Finally, the money situation got better in 1989 after he started being self-employed as a consultant in information technology, business administration, and business organization. He really liked teaching people how to work with certain computers and/or certain software as well as optimizing operation procedures in different companies.
Being busy and having no private life or spare time anymore, he and Lisa opted for a quieter live in Canada with more time for each other. On April 23rd 1998 they arrived in Canada and started a new adventure at the ViewPoint Motel in Salmon Arm. It turned out to be a bigger challenge than expected, as the business was way more run down than previously thought, and the buildings were literally falling apart! Well, that was just another test of his abilities. Roll up the sleeves and get it done! He and Lisa got it done! Years later the ViewPoint Motel not only received fresh paint, but substantial renovations and even new buildings.
The diagnosis of a brain tumor in June 2014 came like a sledgehammer blow to the face! You all know the fast but steady decline of him from there.
Andy will be sadly missed by his wife Lisa, family, and friends.
Special thanks go to Family Doctor Dr. Stacy Kirkman, Bastion Place nurses and staff, and Cancer Clinic Specialist Dr. Gregory Dueck in Kelowna for Andy’s excellent care.
Memorial donations in Andy’s name may be made to Bastion Place, Box 1990,Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P9.

12 Comments

  1. We were very saddened when we learned about Andy’s passing. He was a terrific host whenever we camped at ViewPoint. Reading the background about Andy in the obituary further points out the fact that he was an amazing man. Our condolences go out to Lisa at this sad time.

  2. Lisa: So very sorry for your loss. You both went through a lot the past few years… but you made the best of it, didn’t you. You lived your life to the fullest. You were and are very special people. At Viewpoint RV, you made people feel very comfortable and content. We had a lot of fun with you two joining us in the frivolities. Beautiful memories. Rest in peace, our dear, dear Andy.

  3. Liebe Lisa

    Andy war ein toller Mensch mit Visionen, die er verfolgt und umgesetzt hat.
    Obwohl schon lange erwartet, war die Nachricht von Andys Tod ein Schock.
    Ich wünsche Dir auf diesem Weg viel Kraft und alles Gute!

  4. Sorry to hear about Andy’s passing. He was always so kind to me when I would take my volunteers to visit the motel each summer while I was the manager of the Shuswap Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre.

    He was dedicated to make the motel the best and I never heard any negative notes of people who stayed there.

    I was shocked to hear that Andy passed away and I am sure he will be missed in the community.

    My sincere condolences to Lisa and family.

  5. Saddened to hear of Andy’s passing. I first met Andy when he joined the Board of Shuswap Tourism. A great guy that had a presence larger than himself. I trust the support of family and friends will help Andy’s family at this difficult time.

  6. Danke, dass wir Dir begegnen duften, Andy. Wir hoffen, Deine Freunde werden Lisas Schmerz in dieser schweren Zeit etwas lindern können und schicken ihr unser tiefes Mitgefühl.

  7. Liebe Lisa.
    Andy war ein toller Mensch und Du Lisa hast ihn sehr unterstützt in den vergangenen Jahren. Ich wünsche dir Unterstützung von all deinen Freunden in dieser schweren Zeit.

  8. Dear Lisa, We are both so sorry for your loss. Andy was such an exuberant and “larger-than-life” presence and will be missed. I loved his booming laughter!

  9. Andy was a valued client of Braby Motors. We will miss his smiling face! Followed his motorhome trip on facebook. Hope you both were able to create some awesome memories. Our sincerest sympathies! Team Braby

  10. Dear Lisa,
    we are missing Andy in so many ways, it happens every day in different occasions.
    We will remember him in lots of ways, foremost for his never-ending help in every situation. He always took time for us. It was an honour to have met him.
    We did meet you two many years back, and will always have an open home for you to come and stay. Thank you that we could enjoy so many warm hours with the both of you.
    It really was so special. Rest in peace, Andy, you deserve the rest.

  11. Hallo Lisa
    Ich (Liselotte Oberhofer-Krebser) habe soeben die traurige Nachricht vernommen über Andys Verlust! Wir alle denken fest an dich und wünschen dir ganz viel kraft!
    Feste Umarmung
    Liselotte und Melanie Oberhofer
    Nelly, Ruedi und Marlis Krebser

  12. We were sorry to find out about Andy’s passing. We were customers of his at his place in Salmon Arm from Calgary. One of the most friendly down to earth person we have met. Condolences to the family

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