On the morning of March 25th at 6:30 AM at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, B.C. Helmut Florschuetz succumbed after his valiant struggle with a lengthy illness.
Born in Bielefeld, Germany, Helmut would emerge from the factory floor of a homeland undergoing reconstruction to make his way to Canada in 1962. A successful contractor and accomplished builder in Alberta, Helmut would retire to Pender Island of the coast of Vancouver Island. There, he would literally build from the ground up, a spacious home with four towers, known by the local children as the “Castle House”. Generous of spirit, he entertained family and friends alike in a living room of his own design, a comfortable area more reminiscent of a hunting lodge in the mountains.
Eventually, an avid traveller, once he moved to Victoria, Helmut would embark, tuxedo in the ready, on numerous cruises and journeys around the world with his loving partner, Johanna Laske. Always eager to dive into a new adventure, snorkeling with a family of dolphins would be one of the many exciting times they would share together for more than two decades.
In his final years, Helmut could be found with Johanna on their balcony overlooking the Inner Harbour, a glass of his homemade wine in hand, another of his passions for over thirty years, along with his devoted canine companion, Sophie, in his lap.
Helmut did not want any formal ceremony but would instead prefer that all those who knew him to raise a glass in honor of a life shared and savoured.
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