August 2 1934 December 17 2017 (age 83)
ELGERT, Gus (Gustav)
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gus on December 17, 2017 in Nanaimo. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Loretta, sons Richard (Hanna), Randy (Carol), Rod (Gail), daughter Laurie, grandchildren Scott, James, Nicholas, Alicia, Liam, Brendan and great-grandchildren, Carrera, Cayenne and Cora. Also survived by his sisters Lydia and Edith and their extended families in Germany. Predeceased by his brothers Ludwig, Johan, and Arnold.
Gus was born August 2, 1934 in Lipno, Poland, and fled to West Germany with his family during the 2nd World War. It was there that he completed trade school and trained as a steel fabricator. He emmigrated to Canada in 1953, landing in Quebec and settling in Regina. Gus was fortunate to be hired by the Shiels family in Lumsden, Saskatchewan and was soon considered to be one of their own. It was in Regina in 1957 that he met Loretta at a dance, sweeping her off her feet, and they were wed in 1958. Beginning his career as a welder, he worked his way up over the years to Construction Superintendent. In 1980 Gus started his own company, El-Cada Construction, building concrete tilt up warehousing. He retired in 1985, and moved with Loretta to Vancouver Island in 1997.
Gus was very artistic, making wood carvings, paintings, drawings and ironwork. He loved to travel with Loretta, visiting family in Germany, and many destinations including Alaska, Hawaii, Bali, Mexico, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey. During his many travels he loved talking to strangers, always curious about their life stories and where they were from. Gus was a dedicated family man and strove to provide the life style for his family that as a child he could have only wished for. He had a keen interest in genealogy which led to many motorhome vacations throughout the United States looking for distant relatives. He also enjoyed weekend excursions in the motorhome with his grandchildren. One of his favourite pastimes was Sunday drives looking at real estate or classic car show and shines where the boys learned how to kick tires.
He will be dearly missed by all family and friends. A Celebration of life will be held in Nanaimo on January 20th, 2018. Please contact the family for details.
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