LOUIE BERLIN (Gieri)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Louie Berlin, formerly of the Crowsnest Pass. Louie left this world peacefully on February 24th, 2014 at the Kelowna Regional Hospital.
One of 5 children, Louie was raised with a great appreciation of family and friends and the simple pleasures of life. Louie spent all his school years in Coleman and relocated to Field and Revelstoke B.C working for the C.P.R. until his retirement. Revelstoke was his home where he made many close friends.
Louie’s passion was collecting and trading antiques. In the summers, he would travel around western Canada attending antique shows and was well known by many of the dealers. You could often find him sitting at a booth, going through old postcards or the like, visiting. It was a social time for him and he made many friends over the years. It always made Louie happy when he found something rare that he could buy or trade. He was sharp, and knew a good deal when he saw one. His collections helped define who he was – he would often bring a treasure or two to show when he visited his family members. He had a particular place in his heart for his nieces and nephews – and they for him. He was in touch with many of them on a regular basis. Over the past month he reconnected with many of them as his illness took hold.
Louie was a kind, unassuming man who liked a simple life. His love for his nieces and nephews was very special and he took the time to maintain these relationships, despite time and distance. His love for each of them has created a strong bond of friendship among them – one that will endure well into the future.
Louie was predeceased by his parents John and Maria, and step-mother Adelina, his sisters Florence (Tony) DeLauw, and Marie (Vic) Cervo, and his nephew Gary Cervo. He leaves to mourn his passing, sister Josie Kroeker of Lethbridge, and brother Fiore (Anita) Berlin of the Crowsnest Pass, and his 11 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in Revelstoke, B.C. on Monday, March 10, 2014, at 1 pm from St. Peter’s Anglican Church. A memorial service will be held in the Crowsnest Pass at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.