Barttel Emanul Byman (Bert) passed away peacefully at the Central Okanagan Hospice in Kelowna on January 18, 2014 at the age of 79. At Berts request, no formal service will be held but rather a celebration of life in Invermere in the spring of 2014.
Bert was born in Kelliher Saskatchewan on March 8, 1934. Bert moved to BC and lived in several communities before settling his family in Revelstoke in 1964 and remained a resident until 2009 when he moved to Kelowna for the sunny weather. Berts life saw several career changes, ranging from road construction, mining, and journeyman carpenter before trying his hand at being a business entrepreneur.
Bert was very involved in the Kinsman Club, K 40’s and even sat as a City Councillor. He loved the summer and hated the winter, as no golfing could happen all winter. Every chance he got, he got a quick golf game in, travelling state side to holiday where it was warm. When Berts health would not allow him to golf anymore he spent his time learning the computer or beating his friends at crib. He became quite a computer geek, learning so many things that the computer could do. And if there was a subject worth debating, he researched it and loved to put his two cents in.
Bert was predeased by his wife of 53 years Stella, sisters Thelma and Betty, brothers Hugo, Verner, and Ingvar, as well as his parents Ingrid and Lars. Bert is survived by his son Greg ( Barb), grandson Bryce ( Jessica), granddaughter Kerstin ( Rowland) and pride and joy great grandson Griffin, as well as his friend Helen Brunnen.
Bert also leaves behind his favorite sisters Mary (Bobbie) and Margaret as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends.