HILBERT (BERT) SCHMIDT June 18, 1945 – April 19, 2010

 After a two year battle with diabetic related illnesses, Bert was called home to be with his Lord in the early hours of April 19th with family by his side.  Bert was predeceased by his father, August, his mother Nadina and his sister, Ruth.  Bert is survived by his loving and dedicated wife, Mary, daughter Jennifer Warawa (Shane), and his brothers, Herman (Inez) of Edmonton, Ruben (Lorraine) of Calgary and Norman (Rose) of New Sarepta, as well as many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Bert was well known throughout the Okanagan Valley for his business ventures, including Bert’s Bobcat, Okanagan Skid Steer and British Columbia Trailer, as well as his frequent coffee breaks all over Kelowna with friends.  He had a very entrepreneurial spirit and came up with a new business idea on an almost weekly basis, and those that knew him well knew his favorite hobby was working.

Bert’s family would like to sincerely thank everyone that supported and encouraged him right until the end and believed in him regardless of the circumstances. Bert will be missed dearly by those that knew him, but we also have peace knowing that there will be no more suffering.  The family would also like to thank the many Nurses, Doctors and staff at Kelowna GeneralHospital that cared for Bert over the last two years, and for the excellent care and attention he received while he was briefly in his new home at the Village at Mill Creek.

Should family and friends so desire, donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which Bert supported in the past, #150-6450 Roberts Street, Burnaby, BC, V5G 4E1.

Bert’s celebration of life will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:00 am. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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