BRINKHAUS, Karl Luetke
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November 6, 1921 - January 15, 2013
Karl Brinkhaus passed away peacefully on January 15, 2013, at the age of 91 years, with his three beloved children by his side. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Mia (1999), and will be sadly missed by his beloved children: son Kalli (Heidi), son Norbert (Kim), and daughter Gisela; loving grandchildren: Karl Jr (Rebecca), Christopher, Geoffrey and Amalia; precious great- granddaughters Mia and Jada. Karl came from a large family and is survived by his sister in Germany, Else, and was predeceased by his other nine siblings. "Everything we had, we made ourselves. We were happy." Karl was born November 6, 1921 in Altenberge, Germany. He earned his Watchmaking Certificate in 1936 and not long after met Mia, the love of his life. They were married and worked hard to raise their family during difficult times. "Waste not" was his motto. Karl's curiosity, and his love for travel eventually led him to Canada and West Vancouver, BC where he and Mia settled in 1977. He had a true passion for the outdoors and was happiest hunting, fishing and gardening... especially tending to his roses. Later in life he found another outdoor joy and took up golf at the age of 70. Karl was the founder of Brinkhaus Jewellers and always continued to be interested in all aspects of the industry. He was a very proud Ambassador for Canada, welcoming and hosting many foreign visitors. Karl had the gift of touching young and old alike... the twinkle in his blue eyes charmed everyone... but he was most dedicated to his family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Lions Gate Hospital and the North Shore Hospice for all their kindness and compassion during his final days. A Celebration of Karl's Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Shore Hospice, c/o LGH Foundation, 231 East 15st, North Vancouver, BC V7L2L7, in memory of Karl Luetke Brinkhaus. For those wishing to share a memory of Karl, please go to www.hollyburnfunerals.com
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Jan. 18 to Jan. 21, 2013