September 4, 1940 – October 3, 2020
It is with profound sadness that we announce Siegfried’s sudden passing at Columbia House on Saturday, October 3rd. Although he suffered from several chronic health issues and he was becoming increasingly frail, Siegfried died quickly, painlessly and with a clear mind. For that we will be eternally grateful.
Siegfried (“Siggi”) was born in the Tyrolean town of Igls, located five kilometres from the city of Innsbruck, Austria. He had five siblings: an identical twin brother, two older sisters and two older brothers. Siggi had a very difficult childhood and left home to begin a cooking apprenticeship at the age of fifteen. He spent many of his early years training in Swiss kitchens.
Siggi and his young family immigrated to Canada in 1970 and quickly settled in South Burnaby. As an experienced chef, he gained employment in several prestigious restaurants and hotels in Vancouver.
Siggi spent most of his thirty-five-year working life at Hotel Vancouver, where he was put in charge of a large banquet kitchen capable of preparing meals for 3,000 people. An extremely diligent worker in a high-pressure environment, Siggi often spent 12-14 hours a day in his kitchen. He was a hard-working and driven perfectionist who always expected the best of himself and his cooks.
While at Hotel Vancouver, Siggi cooked for royalty, world politicians and celebrities.
Siegfried and Anna retired to our beautiful valley in 1994 and Siggi quickly embraced his new role as a dutiful Opa to his three grandchildren. A very strong and stoic man of few words, he most often showed his love through his wonderful cooking. Over the years Siggi prepared many incredible meals for his family. He also greatly enjoyed his flower garden, being with dogs and sitting in the afternoon sun.
Siegfried’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Columbia House for going above and beyond when caring for Siggi over the last two years; you added greatly to the overall quality of his life.
Siegfried is survived by Anna, his devoted wife of 55 years, sons Werner (Louise), Peter (Susan) and grandsons Matthew, Michael and Nathan.
“We love you, dearest Opa. May you now find peace.”