SCHWEIZER, HANS JOHN Hans was recently taken
from us. He passed on, this month on February 11th, 2012 of natural causes. Hans was 82 years of age. Hans was born in Switzerland in the year of our Lord 1930. As a young man he spent a short time in the Swiss military. In 1952 he crossed the Atlantic to Canada, and settled in the Toronto area. It was a challenging and adventurous move for a 22 year old who spoke only broken English and who was short on cash but long on dreams and determination. Hans soon secured work and became a reliable employee for IBM. During his lengthy stay with IBM, Hans took English classes and became both interested and proficient in the world of computer technology. In 1992, Hans retired from IBM. Hans travelled west, searching for a new home. He had studied the life of the adventurer, LaSalle, and felt in himself a spirit of adventure and discovery. His travels lead him twice to the Okanagan area. He purchased a condo on Lawrence Ave, where he lived for several years, later his desire to be closer to nature and country like rural setting drew him to Gallagher’s Canyon. Hans was an outdoorsman; he had a genuine love for nature, fresh air and the beauty and diversity of the Canadian landscape. He spent countless hours travelling western Canada and hiking mountain trails. Hans had many interests, reading, travel, downhill skiing, hiking, swimming, golf and studying about the life of Jesus occupied much of his time. He loved to play the lengthy championship tee on hole #16 at Gallagher’s Canyon because of the panoramic view it offered. And one of his favorite spots was Gallagher’s Canyon 9th tee box overlooking the canyon. Hans was a peaceful, shy gentleman. At the conclusion of every golf round, he removed his hat to shake hands with fellow golfers. He also doffed his hat in the presence of ladies. He was generous to a fault, and supported numerous charities. Hans leaves behind six siblings. He will be missed by friends and neighbors in the Gallagher’s community and
a four legged pal-a dog named Emma- with whom Hans shared a special bond. Hans valued, trusted friends. He
had a way of letting them know they truly mattered.
Time spent with them was a treasured gift. Honesty,
kindness and courtesy were traits Hans admired. We
say good-bye to a man whose actions demonstrated all three. He was, in so many unassuming ways a quiet role model. He will be missed. He will be remembered.
Hans made this world a better place. Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna. 250-762-2299