Gerd Ratzburg

Keith Holmberg

Gerd Ratzburg

1927 – 2013

The family of Gerd Ratzburg is saddened to announce his passing on October 12, 2013, following a lengthy illness. Gerd is survived by his best friend and the love of his life, his wife Hannelore, his sons Wilf (Hanne) and Ralph (Eva) and his grandchildren Britta, Barb, Justin and Angela. He also leaves his sister, Laura (Georg) Kasperczyk and step brothers Hein (Ille) and Herbert (Karin) Böckmann.

Gerd and Hannelore left Bremen, Germany and became one of the pioneering families in the new town of Kitimat. After working with Alcan for many years, they moved to Vancouver where he was employed at the Triumf research facility at the University of British Columbia. Retirement gave him the opportunity to continue to travel and sail extensively with Hannelore; with many trips to Europe and Mexico.

He loved a good debate, a good book and a good wind in his sails. Mostly he loved living in Vancouver and being near the sea. When asked why he never bought lottery tickets, he smiled and replied, “I married the most wonderful woman in the world and have the best family a man could ask for. I have already won the lottery.” Though Gerd did not believe in an afterlife, we know that Opa’s legacy will live on through his grandchildren.

Rest in peace Opa.

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