Submitted by Tourism Radium & Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce
Eccentric woodcarver Rolf Heer has died from cancer at age 66, after celebrating over 40 years in the Village of Radium Hot Springs.
“Our village is in mourning,” says Clara Reinhardt, mayor of the Village of Radium Hot Springs. “Rolf was more than a colourful figure in Radium, he was a legend in our community, and we will all feel this loss.”
Rolf was born on April 7, 1954 in Switzerland, and moved to Radium Hot Springs in April of 1979 where he quickly laid down roots in the community. Rolf built the House of a Thousand Faces, a hand carved building in Radium Hot Springs where he lived, made and sold his carvings, hosted parties, and toured guests. Rolf and his house were landmarks in Radium and the Columbia Valley, and have gained notoriety from visitors around the world.
After a fire completely destroyed Rolf’s iconic House of a Thousand Faces on November 22, 2018, Rolf started making plans for the landmark property to be transformed into a public park. Now that Rolf has died the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce will fundraise to complete this legacy project. A GoFundMe page has been set up to accept donations to support the creation of the park.
“The memorial park will be a fitting tribute to Rolf,” says Mike Gray, spokesperson for the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. “After the fire, Rolf wanted to turn his spot into a public area where people could gather and enjoy the beauty that brought him to Radium.”
Rolf was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, but continued to work and live his unique lifestyle until his final days.