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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: Kim James Bartlett
Relation: former co-worker

Flavia and family …… I enjoyed working with Hans starting in the late 1960’s tree planting and later during the establishment of Harrop Nursery. He was always a cheerful and dedicated worker deeply concerned about forestry issues and the the environment.
Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathy.

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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

Memorial Gifts

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

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

or the Nelson Salvation Army.

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