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FINK, Werner Josef

Werner Josef Fink of Kelowna, BC passed away peacefully on Feb 25th 2022 –  just shy of his 86th birthday.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years – Betty Ann; his sons Jason and Jeff (Iris); and granddaughters Michaela and Katrina; predeceased by his older brother John (Elizabeth) and survived by their daughter Diana in Toronto, and his younger brother Manfred (Herta) in Austria.

Werner was born in Markt Allhau, Austria, where he grew up and worked on the family farm. At 19, he boarded a ship and immigrated to Canada to join his older brother John and cousin Karl Krutzler, and their extended families in Toronto.

Werner epitomized a strong work ethic. He worked at many jobs while furthering his education at night school for over 10 years. During that time, he met the love of his life, Betty, and they were married within the year. While working full-time, Werner managed to renovate three homes in Scarborough with the help of his family.

After many years employed as a power plant engineer, his qualifications were noticed by IBM, where he excelled and was promoted to Utility Plant Manager.  He retired early at age 56 after nearly 30 years of service with the company.

Upon retirement, Werner and Betty travelled extensively throughout the world. In 1992, they relocated to Kelowna, BC, continued to travel, and Werner renovated two more homes.
In Kelowna, he was an avid golfer and skier, which he combined with Snow Hosting at Big White for many years. Later in life he took up hiking with the Kelowna Naturalists Club, curling, and enjoyed bridge and euchre nights.

Werner was a devoted family man and a people person who loved chatting with anyone that came across his path. He was a great cook and winemaker of mixed results. His personality and kindness created many enduring friendships over the years.

His family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at Kelowna General Hospital and Okanagan Hospice House for their outstanding care. Special thanks to Dr. Paul Hart, who was his family physician for over 25 years.

Werner will be greatly missed – Auf Wiedersehen.

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