Springer, Klaus

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Klaus Springer.

He is survived by his wife Carla, his children Arno (Cindy Breitkreutz), Heide McClintock (Carl), and Dawn Ervin (Kent), 4 grandchildren (Angela, Heather Tegart (Justin), Emily, and Justin Woodman (Chloe), his sisters (Angelica Burgel and Gabrielle Putzi (Robert), and 6 great grandchildren (Nathaniel and Everett Tegart).

Klaus was born in Berlin, Germany and studied carpentry before joining the army in 1944. Captured by the Russians, he spent 4 hard years in prison camp before his release in 1948. He immigrated to Canada in 1952, settling in Calgary, where he was soon joined by his parents and sisters, and where he met his wife Carla.

A true entrepreneur, his vision led to the creation of Springer Construction Ltd. It became one of the largest construction companies in western Canada, renowned for its quality product.

He was a founding partner of Carma Developers and was instrumental in the creation of the Alberta New Home Warranty Program. He was President of the Calgary, Alberta, and Canadian Home Builders Associations, and was the National President of HUDAC.

His love of the Invermere valley began with his honeymoon at Lake Lillian. The Invermere cabin is another of his true legacies. Sixty eight years of family time and memories. His love of the valley has seen several of his family members make it their home.

He strongly believed in community and worked actively at supporting new endeavours like the Calgary Winter Club, the JA Laird climbing wall and Silver Strings ukulele group, the champion Springer Kickers soccer team, and was a board member of the Calgary Philharmonic.

A truly exceptional gentleman.

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