November 1, 1934 – January 13, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Heinz Schiefermeier on January 13, 2019 in Hope BC. He was born on November 1, 1934 in Salzburg Austria.
Heinz was predeceased by his father Martin Schiefermeier, his mother Karoline Hofmann and his brother Kurt.
He is survived by Dodie, his loving wife of 40 years, 3 daughters: Dawn Chilson, Wendy Ovesen (Paul), Laurie Schiefermeier (Max Gracia), sisters: Matilda, Anna-Marie, brother: Horst, 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Heinz graduated trade school in Salzburg as a furniture maker. He left Austria when he was 18 years old and arrived in Montreal, with no money, in November 1953, shortly after his 19th birthday. From there he stowed away on freight trains until he reached Hope. It was here he decided to stay as it reminded him of home. He went to work for the railway, did stucco work, worked at Lumberland and worked for EAC restoring Carl’s old cars. Heinz then started working full time for EAC setting up work camps for road construction and bridges. He moved to Prince George for 2 years with Dodie working on building modular homes but returned to Hope in 1976 to be closer to his children. He then returned to work with EAC. Dodie bought into the Cariboo Cafe at that time. He spent the rest of his days in Hope doing gun work and sharing his stories and knowledge with friends and family. Heinz had the ability to talk about anything, world affairs, guns working, the lath or making something out of wood. He was a great reader of history. You could ask him anything and he had an answer or story for you that held you captive. You hated to leave, as it was all so interesting. He will be missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held on February 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Hope Golf & Country Club. If friends so desire, donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.