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WERNER PETTIRSCH August 27, 1938 – March 9, 2020

Werner Pettirsch passed away peacefully on the morning of March 9th, 2020 at the age of 81, after a brief battle with cancer.

At the age of 20, Werner made the brave decision to leave Germany and join his brother, Helmet, in Vancouver, Canada. He left behind his mother, Emilie Pettirsch, and two sisters, Mia Kostler and Traude Hoppe. His sisters both live in Germany.

In 1969 Werner married Frieda Scholz, and they celebrated in the births of their children, John and Angela. Werner had many great memories of camping, swimming, fishing and dirt biking with his family. Sadly, he was predeceased by his wife, in 1990, and his son in 1991.

In the beginning, in Canada, Werner and Helmet worked together in the furniture manufacturing business for many years. Later Werner and Frieda then decided to embark on a new career path in the restaurant industry, as the owners/operators of two Brownies Fried Chicken restaurants in the Okanagan. After returning to the Lower Mainland, Werner and John partnered to start a cultured marble business, Pettirsch Marble. Later Werner and Angela would become owner/operators of two Ricky’s restaurants. Werner always had a strong work and family ethic and believed in the importance of guiding and building his family to succeed.

Werner was very pleased for Angela, when she met Oliver, who was to become her husband. He treasured his connection with Angela and Oliver, and enjoyed summer visits with them at their home in the Okanagan.

As Werner transitioned into retirement he met his partner, Gaylene Ward, through their shared passion for square dancing. They enjoyed several trips together, especially their African safari. Werner was always willing to lend a hand, and could often be found at Gaylene’s helping with her latest project around the house or in the garden.

Werner is survived by his partner Gaylene, daughter Angela (Oliver), brother Helmet (Renate), nephews Peter (Laurel) and Chris, and family in the Okanagan and Germany.


    Posted March 17, 2020 at 5:55 am

    We met Werner through Squaredancing and always enjoyed talking with him in a square or while relaxing. Werner was a true gentleman always well dressed and polite. He and Gaylene made a lovely couple and danced flawlessly on the dance floor. We send our sincere condolences to Gaylene and the Pettirsch Family at this difficult time

  • Regula and René Baer
    Posted March 19, 2020 at 3:53 am

    Our warmest and heartfelt sympathy to Werner’s family.
    We met Werner over 50 years ago when he was the proud owner of a Chrysler Convertible. He was a very hard worker and, before and after he married Frieda, we enjoyed many hours together having fun – playing “silly” games, going rollerskating and sharing meals.
    We will remember him as a caring friend that was always ready for a laugh.

    “One sees the sun slowly set, yet one is surprised when it suddenly becomes dark.” Franz Kafka

  • Karin & Ed Bolli
    Posted March 24, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    You are in our hearts and thoughts Angie and Gaylene and families. We have Many wonderful memories of Werner over the past 50 plus years, and hope to be able to get together later in the summer (once this is all over), so we can celebrate his life and share stories. Sending Love, from the Bolli’s

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