After a well fought 2 year battle with esophageal cancer, Kurt reluctantly succumbed to the disease on November 28, 2007 in hospital, surrounded by his family.
Kurt was born on June 19, 1952 in Duncan, BC., growing up in various logging camps (including Cowichan Bay) until he settled in Campbell River. Kurt was a logger and a true lover of the outdoors who, depending on the time of year, could be found hunting with his buddies, patrolling his trapline, or heading out with Suzie for an evening fishing in their boat or a weekend at the lake in their camper.
But what he loved most was his family and he will be sorely missed by his cherished wife Suzie, daughters Heather (Aaron Berlo) and Christine (Jason Wallace), grandchildren Lola, Hayley and Dylan, stepsons Bob and Dwayne Ludlow, father and mother in law Norm and Betty Bettis, his brothers Kalvin (Jeanette), Kerry (Zora), Karl (Grace) and Kevin (Lorraine), stepmother Grace and blended family Tammy Escott (Brian), and Reno, Kimberley (Roseline) and Steven Malley, brother in law Ed Bettis, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. Waiting for Kurt on the other side are his first wife, Lin, his dad Mac, his mom Sheila, and many good friends lost along the way.
As it said in Kurt’s favorite book, The Old Man and the Sea, “There are many good fishermen and some great ones. But there is only one you.”
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6th at 1:00p.m. at Sutton’s Funeral Home with tea and light refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, please give generously to the Campbell River Hospice Society (http://www.crhospice.org/) who was a source of support in his difficult final months. In particular, we owe our gratitude to Rob (Pete) Robinson for the time and comfort he provided to Kurt. We also thank the Home Care nurses, especially Pat and Barb, for their gentle and expert care.
Campbell River Funeral Home
In Care of Arrangements