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Hans Ludwig Elias

April 12, 1932 - October 1, 2012


Hans was born in Leipzig, Germany. An adventurer from early on, he immigrated to Canada at the age of nineteen.
It was his love of the outdoors that led him to work as a Logger, Firefighter and Forester in BC. He loved the bush – if you gave him a chainsaw, he was the happiest man around.

Hans fell in love with the Kootenays in 1954 and he finally made it his home in 1981.

His strong connection to nature led him to advocate for preservation and stewardship of the forests.

Hans was well loved. His gentleness of spirit drew people to him.
He was genuine, a good person and he inspired many people.

Hans will be missed. He is survived by his beloved wife, Flavia, his children, Tim (Chantal), Heather, Jock, Elske (Patrick), six grandchildren, his brother, Wolfgang, (Gine), niece, Birte, nephew, Kristoffer and other family members in Germany.

Many thanks to all who were involved with this journey; Dr. Malpass, Dr. Reinecke, the compassionate nursing team, home support, friends and family.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Bill Almolky
Relation: A dancer friend

Now you are truly dancing with the stars.

From: Gina Fortune
Relation: Friend

Dear Flavia,

I am so sorry for you loss. Hans will be in my heart always ….

with all my love,

From: Peter Clement
Relation: Friend and neighbour

Hans was a deeply beautiful person, always had a kind word whenever we met. He was gracious and authentic, a real gentle-man.
He will be missed. May Flavia and his family find peace and comfort before long. May his soul rest in peace. May we all find inspiration in remembering Hans Elias.

From: Amelie and Miles Thompson
Relation: friend from dancing

To Flavia and family, we offer our deepest condolences.

We are very sorry for your lost. Hans was a great man, generous and always smiling. I remember when he offered to help me with my German studies, before I went to Vienna. He gave me a book to learn German with cassette tapes. Also, he landed me one of his childhood story book. I was touched by his generosity.

Of course, I will remember him as a great dance partner. I liked to dance polka, cha cha and waltz with Hans. I remember how we celebrated our April birthdays together with few other dancers at the Procter Hall. Hans took the time to help Miles to learn few dance moves too.

Again, we are sorry and thought our post card would have arrived earlier.

with love and compassion

Amelie and Miles Thompson

From: Peter Bartl and Jane Merks
Relation: ProcterHarrop/Balfour connection

Hans and I shared stories of being redheads with lots of hair! We’ll miss his smile, his laugh and his joy of life! j

From: Sandy Young & Dan Maliska
Relation: dancing friend

Dear Flavia,
We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Hans. Please accept our sympathy and compassion. Our thoughts are with you and we hope the love of those around you will help you through this difficult time.
With love, Sandy & Dan

From: Bud and Sharon Edgar
Relation: dancing friends

We are sorry to hear the passing of Hans. Our thoughts are with you, Flavia and your family at this difficult time.
Take care……
Sharon and Bud

From: Terry and Abby Napora
Relation: Friend through Dance


We think of you with great fondness. You and Flavia graced the dance floor so well and made us smile each time we saw you. You always had little tips to improve my style, always with the best of humour.

You were the epitome of being a gentleman and always made us feel welcome and comfortable. We will miss you. Our hearts are with you, Flavia, and the rest of your family.

Terry and Abby

From: Marianne Taylor
Relation: co worker at Harrop Nursery

Dear Flavia, you and Hans had a most beautiful relationship, Our thoughts are with you. Take care.
Marianne and Jim.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 21, 2012
Beginning at 3:00pm

Harrop Hall
6066 McConnell Rd
Harrop, BC Canada

6066 McConnell Rd
Harrop, BC Canada

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
Cancer Society Box 292, Nelson V1L 5P9

 Nelson Red Cross 2280-B Leckie Road, Kelowna V1X 6G6

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