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Hans Otto Czypull

October 10, 2020


Hans Czypull

Love Family, love friends.

A few words to our loved one Hans Czypull who passed away October 10th at the age of 88. Hans was born in Baitenberg in East Prussia on 25 April 1932. Baitenberg was a very small settlement of a noble family for whom his mother and father worked. After a few years in Baitenberg they moved to Lyck in East Prussia where his brother Gunter was born. He grew up during the 2nd world war under not very nice circumstances. No real childhood, war, expulsion and hunger shaped his personality in those days and stamped him later. He was always straight,economical, frugal, unconcerned, but tough and never said no to anybody who asked for help. He was generous to all his friends but not to himself.

Back to history;

In 1943 the family moved to Ruegen an island in the Baltic Sea. It was not directly affected by the war, rather instead his mother found a new place to work on Reugen. His father was in the war front and his mother had to take care of all. She was cook and housekeeper on Ruegen Island for a family till the end of the war in 1945. They spent these years in a nice small castle which Hans remembered well his whole life. After the war they stayed with the Russian war winners for more than 1 year. Later on a visit in Germany after many, many years, his nephew Rolf took him to visit Ruegen again. It was impressive and overwhelming for both to find back some footprints of him because the place was nearly how it was in the past.

They all started a new life and waited for his father to return from North Africa. Hans and his brother finished school together in Holzminden as good as it was possible after the war. In 1951 he started to work in a big fragrance company. He moved in 1953 to another fragrance company and started an apprenticeship as a locksmith/welder. In 1956 he was called to join the army which he did not want. That was one of the reasons to leave Germany and start the adventure to Canada. He did a ship crossing from Bremen with the Arosa Star to Halifax. He started learning English on board and met some like-minded people. Finally he decided not to stay in the east provinces and went with somebody to Vancouver by train. He did many jobs for different companies also up north in BC. Years after arriving in BC he started to work with McMillian Bloedel, a big forestry company where he stayed until his pension. He started his biggest passion…fishing. Fishing for his whole life. Rain, mud, sunshine or ice, no matter what, he went out. Sometime the hunting season was more interesting, up north in the cabin at Eagan Lake. Susan’s family property was good for fishing and hunting.

After settling down in Vancouver he married his first wife Shirley and bought a property in Port Moody. He divorced, and after some years he moved to Port Coquitlam to begin a new episode with his new wife Susan McLean. They spent more than 50 years together. They bought  a townhouse and moved a last time in 1998 to Maple Ridge.

After his retirement he spent most of his time at the Pitt River (the “old men’s place”). Always with his dog and a fire was also compulsory. If not Pitt River, he spent the days with his friends, Ian and Dalton for example. They spent plenty of time together with lots of fun and drinks enjoying the river and nature which he loved so much.

In 2018 his beloved wife Susan passed away. It was very difficult for him to organize his life. In October last year his nephew Rolf visited him and it was time for some changes. Not easy for him as he lived his life independent. With the help of Sharron & Delmar his neighbours, both prepared the move to Sunwood Retirement place in December 2019.  After a while, Hans was thankful for the move understanding that he couldn’t live without help anymore. In 2020 his health was a constant up and down. Thanks for Cindy from Independence Matters for taking such good care of him. Thanks to Sunwood and again to Sharron who did so much for Hans.

On October 10, 2020 his heart stopped beating and he fell asleep. Quiet and peaceful, he left us. We will remember all the nice times we spent with Hans.


Earth to earth. Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust.

His ashes will be given back to earth next year at Pitt River.

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