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NIETSCHE, Ernst “Ernie”

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Dad and Papa, Ernst Nietsche.

Dad was born on November 13, 1927 in Austria and served his country in World War II. He immigrated to Canada where he worked on a farm in Saskatchewan. From there his travels took him to Vancouver where he met his bride, Maria. (Mitzi), they had four children: Roy, Linda, Rita and Christina.  Dad worked at a few different jobs, but his passion of gardening and landscaping took him to Port Hardy where he worked for the City of Port Hardy as a landscaper.  This is where dad enjoyed fishing and hunting while meeting some special friends.  Dad retired in 1991 and lived in Coquitlam with Mom until 1998 when they decided to move to Langley.  They enjoyed many years of retirement together.  Dad enjoyed doing the neighborhood landscaping as well as cutting the grass for the whole block! Mom passed away in 2008 and Dad moved up to the Okanagan until 2012, then decided to move to Vancouver Island where he always loved to be.  This is where dad passed away on February 23, 2016.  Dad leaves four children: Roy (Jane), Linda (Myles), Rita (Alan), Christina (Rich) and nine grandchildren: Sandra, Jason, Brandon, Brittany, Garrett, April, Jordan, Nicholas and Christian Ernst who is proud to be named after his papa!  Predeceased by his wife Maria as well as his beloved pets Chester and Sasha.

A celebration of Dad’s life was held in Qualicum Beach. A private family burial will take place at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery where dad will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Mitzi.

Special thanks to Linda and Myles, Rita and Alan for their care and compassion for Dad in his time of need. This meant a great deal to Dad and made his days easier and more enjoyable.

Rest in peace Dad! Auf Wiedersehen!

In lieu of flowers donations to any SPCA in Ernst’s memory would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”


A private family burial will take place at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.

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The service for NIETSCHE, Ernst “Ernie” is scheduled for A private family burial will take place at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • The McCoy's says:

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss of your father. Our condolences go out for your family , Your father had a long healthy life and was able to enjoy living in Kelowna after the passing of his wife, with his youngest daughter who cared wonderfully for him. Rest in peace Ernie!

  • Christina Guilfoyle says:

    Good bye Dad…

  • Rita & Alan says:

    It is with love and peace that we say good-bye for now to our dad, may you rest in peace with Maria. May all your days be filled with sunlight, laughter and all the eggs on toast you want, with a few jelly donuts on the side. We know that you & mom are always around us guiding us through our days. Rest in peace dad.
    Love Alan & Rita

  • RITA & Alan says:

    It is with great sadness we say goodbye to our dad. May you rest in peace forever with mom enjoying lots of sunshine and flowers. May you always have your toast and eggs everyday along with a few jelly donuts thrown in. We know the both of you are always beside us guiding us through our days and someday we will all meet again. God bless and thanks for the memories.
    Love Alan & Rita

  • cindy martin says:

    Wow . What a smile we will miss.In the few years I knew you , you always made me laugh, smile and your great big hugs were always so welcome. you lit up the room. im so thankful that chris and rich and the boys introduced you to me. you will always be on my mind. such a kind smile. good luck on your new journey…love cindy martin

  • Jordan Guilfoyle says:

    Good Bye Pups, I will always remember you for the amazing grandpa that you were to me and my brothers. I can remember you taking me to my Sunday morning hockey games and looking up into the stands to see you watching me play. I will always be grateful for that. I have many great memories with you that I shall keep with me for the rest of my life. I thank you for that. You were a joy to all the lives that you touched and I am proud and blessed to have shared 19 years of my life with you. Forever and always, Jordan.
    P.S I’ll be thinking of you when I get my badge.

  • Christina Guilfoyle says:

    Thanks for the memories Dad!

  • Kim Ritchie says:

    Hello to Ernie’s Family, I’m Very sorry for Your loss, and for everyone that was blessed with his friendship. Although I only knew Ernie for a short time while he lived up the street from me. ALWAYS a Wonderful visit, comical stories, laughs and always that Great smile. It was always my pleasure to help him with the modifications at his home, or repairs to his Ford…we always have a Good laugh with the Chevy vs Ford, and it carries on with his Wonderful Daughter, Chris. Ernie always had a bottle of Jagermeister in his freezer, and at some point during a visit, he would nod his head in the direction of the fridge, and say “You know where it is”. Now when I have a drink of Jager, I’ll Always think of You Ernie and toast You. I Wish You All the Best….Kim

  • Joanne Carson says:

    So sorry to hear the sad news ! I have so many wonderful memories with many laughs and lots of fun spent with all the family, and your dad always made me laugh ! My condolences and thoughts are with you all. May all the great memories of “pops”, and knowing he is once again with mom, help you through the tough times. And may you find comfort and peace knowing they are watching over you.Hugs !!. Love Joanne

  • Lea Olson says:

    I am sorry to hear of Ernies passing he was always nice to me he had that smile for everyone Ersella our letter carrier she said he always chatted with her they were both from Austria and he would give a glass of water on a hot summers day .He was a good neighbor and we had fun watching Chester and Mitzi and him and all the birds in there back yard. He will be missed by all of us who new him. We have lots of good memories all the best to all of your Family from Ron and Lea and Family

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