passed away Friday, May 16, 2008. Loving remembered by his wife Anneliese, son Ken, daughter Marilyn Hammermeister, Medicine Hat, AB. His four grandchildren Michael (Jolene) Hak and daughter Shannah of Prince George, Jennifer Hak, Nicole Hak and Steven Hak of Medicine Hat, AB. Eric is survived by his brother Hugo, sisters Frieda Splett and Irma Krusel all of Kelowna and many nieces and nephews. Eric was predeceased by his nephew Gary Splett in April 1961, his father John Hak in March 1982, mother Ida Hak in February 1983, sister in law Ingrid Hak in 2003, brother in law Henry Splett in 2004 and sister in law Edith Krause in March 2006. Eric was born in Poland, February 4, 1925. He came with his parents and younger brother to Grandora, SK, in January 1928. His two sisters were born here and then the family moved to a farm 13 miles east of Saskatoon in the Bergheim district. Here he and his siblings walked over three miles to Bainsville School. Eric loved the farm life and enjoyed helping with the farm chores and cutting poplar wood at an early age to keep the cook stove and heaters heating the house in the cold winters. In September 1941 Eric’s parents and young family left the drought stricken area of Saskatchewan. Eric at the age of sixteen worked on a farm at Brussels, ON, at 25 dollars a month. In 1942 he worked on a dairy farm at Cloverleaf, in 1943 on a mixed farm at Pilot Mound, MB and then a year in the Canadian Army. In 1946 he joined his parents and family in Kelowna, BC. Here he was employed in the orchards and fruit industry. Eric married Anneliese Krause in October 29, 1948 and moved into an orchard that he had purchased, into a small white house that was built a few months earlier, the only house on the north side of Scotty Creek Road. They were blessed with a son and a daughter. Eric together with wife Ann looked after their orchard and Eric worked on a construction job and then for 9 years at Mcgavin’s bakery. In the fall of 1961 Eric and Ann purchased Five Bridges Grocery and operated it until the summer of 1970. They continued to live in their orchard home. From summer of 1972 to the fall of 1981 Eric was employed in the produce department of People’s Food Market. Eric and Ann celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in the orchard they loved in October 1998. In February 2000 after being in the orchard 52 years they sold their orchard and moved into their Wedgewood condo on Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna. Eric and his wife loved to travel in their motorhome and had the pleasure of traveling to Alaska and down to Arizona a number of times. In the golden years of life Eric continued
writing in his daily journal, writing letters, learned to play with the mouse on an older computer that he purchased in 2001, typing poems and historical stories. Eric was a member of First Lutheran church for over 58 years. Funeral service will be held at First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Road on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eric’s memory to the First Lutheran Memorial Fund or to the Kelowna Cancer Society. Interment in Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. A gift in living memory of Eric will be made to “Hospice Care” by Springfield Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.