Born September 17, 1923, in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, passed away at BVD Hospital in Smithers on August 14, 2006, with family by his side.
Rudy came to Canada in 1950, working his way across the country until he landed in Smithers. He knew he had found his new home here, meeting many other young Swiss and European families, who became life-long friends. Then he met Rosemarie, cooking in a logging camp, and he found his partner for life. They built a home and a family and a life together, filled with friends and music and dancing and they built it with much hard work, which was also shared.
Rudy loved this country and its wilderness. He spent most of his life in the logging industry, first as a logger, then a scaler and a lumber grader, finishing his working career at Groot’s mill.
He was able to enjoy many years of travelling with Rosemarie after his retirement, and they both loved it. After he suffered a stroke in 1998, he lived a quieter life but was still able to enjoy a few of his favourite things at Bulkley Lodge, where he was so well cared for, like reading, music and an occasional dance.
Rudy will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife of 48 years, Rosemarie, his children Ralph (Cornelia) Kossman, Petra (Fraser) Stewart, and Hans (Emma) Kossman, as well as the grandchildren he adored, Nicholas, Liam, Noel, Conor and Isabella. A memorial celebration of life was held August 20, 2006, at Pioneer Place activity centre.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bulkley Lodge.