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In Loving Memory…

ERNST EUGEN KARL KLOSE passed away Feb. 27th, 2017 in Squamish, BC Canada.

Ernst was born in Danzig, Germany Sept. 4th, 1934. The family then moved to Hamburg, Germany during the war. In 1956 Ernst moved to Toronto, Canada to take a position with VW. He then went to Mercedes Benz Canada as Service Manager, and was eventually transferred to Vancouver in 1986.


Upon retirement Ernst moved to Squamish, BC where his days were filled with all the things he loved to do. He was an avid sailor and a member of the SYC. In his later years Ernst could be seen cruising the BC coastline with family & friends onboard his Trawler “Raindrop”. Being on the water was one of his greatest passions in life and enjoying nature. Ernst also enjoyed Formula One Racing, dancing, skiing and bird watching.

Ernst is survived by his two daughters Sylvia & Karen Klose, his son Mark Klose and two grandchildren, Meta & Conrad Klose. Also by two remaining sisters Lilo Reckless of NC & Mitzi Stephens of Toronto.

In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to help preserve the Bald Eagles. To the Brackendale Art Gallery Society ATT: EAGLE FUND, PO Box 100, 41950 Government Rd, Brackendale, BC V0N 1H0 CANADA.

Condolences may be left in Ernst’s on-line guest book at on this site.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the Dr’s & Nurses & volunteers at Squamish General Hospital & Hill Top House. Also to all of his loyal & kind friends who were a God send. All of these compassionate people provided such tremendous service & support in his final days. Thank you.

Condolence Messages

  1. Don and Barbara

    09 March 2017 6 years ago

    Dear Sylvia, We were so sorry to have the message about your Father. You were such a loving daughter and I can only imagine how much he enjoyed your visits. You will have many memories of the good times with him, and they will always be with you. We send our loving thoughts to you and Karen, and the rest of your family. Don joins me in sending our sympathy.

  2. Bryan Reckless

    09 March 2017 6 years ago

    Ernst was my uncle and a man I’ve always looked up to.Growing up there were
    so many trips of us going up to Toronto or Uncle Gogi and Family coming down
    to Durham or Beach Mountain it kept us close.He helped me with my first
    mercedez and always gave me great insight on life.I will miss him.My love and
    heartfelt sympathy to my cousins and their familiestanta mitza/and all his

  3. John Reckless

    07 March 2017 6 years ago

    His sister Lieselotte and myself john reckless [his brother in law]first met Ernst in 1958. As we arrived as immigrants from Germany and England, Goggi[his family knickname] drove from Toronto to New York to meet us and greet us To make sure we were happy and safe,
    Just one of the many kindnesses that he showed us during our annual visits from North Carolina to his home in Canada.
    We shall miss his smiles that he showed us over the years.
    Our love goes to his children and his sister Anne-marie as well as the members of the extended Klose family.

  4. J. Curt and Ingeborg Haase

    07 March 2017 6 years ago

    A colleague first at VWC since 1965 for many years, later on at MBC and travelling together for many thousands of miles, this working relationship gradually turned into a fellowship of mutual trust and, – with many personal interests in common, – became and remained a very loyal friendship of the highest order, wherever we were in the world at that time. – Good times that I shall always cherish in memory.

    My sympathy goes out to his surviving ‘offspring’, Sylvia, Karen, and Mark, as Ingeborg joins me with warmest regards and all good wishes at this time of sorrow.

  5. Cheri Duruisseau

    07 March 2017 6 years ago

    I feel so blessed to have known Ernst since 1989 as one of my customers first at the Mercedez dealership in North Van. then re-connecting with him once again in 1996 when I moved up to Squamish. This time he became a very dear friend.
    We decided that I would be his 3rd daughter and he my Papa Opa Pa!
    I got to spend many enjoyable times with Ernst including summer music parties & Christmas’s up on the Gondola (His favourite place) I loved all his stories of his past adventures, they were so detailed I almost felt like I was there! I also admired his positive attitude and friendly nature with everyone.
    Ernst always had a beautiful smile for me! I loved him very much.
    My condolences to all his family and his friends, he will truly be missed by many in our little town of Squamish. RIP my dear Papa Opa Pa I know you will shine on!

  6. Manfred Ziegner

    05 March 2017 6 years ago

    I have known Ernst for some years,
    He was a college of VWC
    He will be missed
    My condolences to his family

  7. Peter Wenze

    05 March 2017 6 years ago

    Hi, Hans und Marlies!
    Habe diese Mail heute erhalten.
    Ingrid und Peter

  8. ludwig & brigitte

    05 March 2017 6 years ago

    ludwig & brigitte

    i remember lots of fun together from former days s


  9. Konrad Wolf

    04 March 2017 6 years ago

    Memories! I first met Ernst when he and Mark visited Sylvia on Virgin Gorda in 1982. When I returned to Canada in 1983, we met again and sailed together in the 1000 Islands. Then he sold me my first Mercedes. After Ernst moved to Vancouver, my companion and I visited him several times and he came to visit us in Kingston.

    In all these years, we remained in contact and we will miss him.

    Our sincere sympathy to his children and their families.

    Konrad Wolf and Cécyle Trépanier

    1. Sylvia Klose

      06 March 2017 6 years ago

      Dear Konrad & Cecyle:

      I did not know how to find you and I am happy you reached out to us! I was just thinking of that very special memory
      myself. We had such a magnificent time sailing with you & your parents onboard the custom built C&C Archangel. It
      was a highlight to Dad as was your friendship throughout the years. It always made me happy you both kept in touch
      and visited each other! We are still somewhat in shock but are very grateful for your comments & condolences.

  10. bill & jean mcenery

    03 March 2017 6 years ago

    we enjoyed some good times on & off the water. he had some good stories to tell as a sailer should.will be remembered.

  11. Bernie Blessman

    03 March 2017 6 years ago

    I’ve known Ernst for many years at VWC and later as part of our old timer retiree group. We will miss him dearly. Our condolences to the family.

  12. Ngaio Davis

    03 March 2017 6 years ago

    Bill & Jean,

    Heartfelt thanks for all that you did! We are very grateful!

  13. Mary Lou Stathers

    02 March 2017 6 years ago

    Fond memories from former days.

    1. Edwin Haier

      06 March 2017 6 years ago

      Ernst was my friend since 1956, we worked together at VWC Golden Mile
      In all 3 Buildings ,as Mechanics and later supervisors. Our Families started
      a new beginning in a small Scarborough house, We had Quality Time together.
      We had great hunting ,fishing and boating adventures .
      We miss him, and sent our sincere condolences to his Family.
      Edwin Haier and Family.

      1. Barbara Hess

        08 March 2017 6 years ago

        Sorry to hear,we were good friends and worked together at VW canada.he always looked after my car,when ever you needed help,Ernst was there.R.I.P.

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