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Harry William Wassick

April 12, 1925 - March 22, 2016


Harry William (Red) Wassick

April 12, 1925 ~ March 22, 2016


It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Harry William (Red) Wassick on March 22, 2016. He was born on April 12, 1925 in Nelson, BC, to Harry and Annie Wassick, the eldest child with siblings Richard, Robert, Elizabeth(Agnew) and Dorothy(Anderson). Red was a lifetime Nelson resident and decorated WWII veteran. He spent 3 years at war in the navy on the HMCS Guelph, a Flower-class corvette, and concluded his service aboard the minesweeper Fort Francis. He'd grown from a teenager to a young man and in the following year married Dorothy Colman, a Nelson resident, at St. Saviours church. He resumed his athletic pursuits, patrolling the blue line for a few seasons with the Nelson Maple Leafs and playing senior baseball and lacrosse. His career was spent in the Forest Service and he was an avid hunter, trapper, musician and fisherman with a Canadian record for Bull Trout. A quote from Red was “My favorite memories of the Forest Service all have something to do with fishing. I remember being up around Cartwright Lake [Invermere], inspecting a big blowdown there. Of course I had brought my fly rod with me, and in the evening I went over to the lake. I stood real quiet for a while before I started casting, and I could see a big brute out in the water, his dorsal fin was just breaking the surface. I laid my Spratley fly about six feet ahead of him, and he took it, a beautiful trout about ten pounds.”

He was a silviculturist who rejuvenated many forests from the Alberta border to Rock Creek (Kootenay Region). Red easily spent more time fishing on Kootenay Lake than anyone in history. He is joining his son Dave and brother Rich and grandson Jason in heaven, and is survived by his wife of 69 years Dorothy, daughters Harriet (Bowolin) and Juliet (Genero) and sons Guy and Brant, along with 10 loving grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

His passion in life was definitely fishing and his violin and bass fiddle playing music days ensured he had money to invest in a lot of new rods, tackle and boats.

A celebration of Reds life will be held at the Prestige Lake Resort, 701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson on Sunday April 10 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Linda Zeznik
Relation: through the Legion

I knew Red for many years when I managed the Legion.
He was on the executive committee and volunteering a lot of his time especially on the bar committee as times changed and much help was needed to see it through.. He stepped up and did just that.. Red was an absolute joy to work with. Such a nice, genuine guy.
When I think of Red, I always think of his love of garlic.
Rest in peace Red. Condolences to his family..

From: Linda Taylor
Relation: Friend, Remambrance Day Functions, good friend of my late husband, Tony

My deepest sympathy to the Wassick Family. I will miss seeing Red’s smiling face at our Second Wind performances at Jubilee Manor.
His participation at the Remembrance Days at the Balfour Beach Inn with his accordion partner Pat, made it a very special event. His love of music, people and his outdoor activities will be long remembered by those of us fortunate enough to have known him.

From: Peter Bringsli
Relation: cousin

red was one of my favorite relatives, he was a great fisherman, and a wonderful father. he will be truly missed by everyone on the bringsli side of the family. love and condolences from pete and family

From: Evelyn Cartlidge
Relation: good friend.

Dot you are in my prayers and will say one for Red to catch the biggest fish there is in Heaven. Love Evelyn

From: Larry and Donna Hall
Relation: Friends

Harriet and Nick and the Wasick family

It is with great sadness that we learned of Red’s passing. Red was a great person to spend time with and listen to his stories. Donna and I send our condolences to you all. May Red rest in peace with rod in hand.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 10, 2016
Beginning at 1:00pm

Prestige Lakeside Resort
701 Lakeside Drive
Nelson, BC Canada

701 Lakeside Drive
Nelson, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

 Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation or the West Arm Outdoors Club c/o Gord Grunerud, 7504 McKinnon Rd., Nelson BC V1L 6R5

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