Alfred Columbus

Alfred Columbus

December 16, 1933 – April 27, 2016

On the evening of April 27th, with family at his side, Alf peacefully passed away.

Alf was born in Kutten, East Prussia, and immigrated to Canada in 1952 where he soon met the love of his life, Deanna. Alf had a successful masonry construction company with projects throughout BC. He was an adventurous man who loved flying his plane, fishing, hunting, mushroom picking and his horses. Alf will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Deanna, his daughters Debra (Reiner) Huck, Connie (Bob) Denesiuk, grandchildren Tracy, Brad (Emma), Dave (Tina), Julie (Matthew), Dan (Steph) and great grandchildren William, Broderick and Mackenzie, as well as extended family and loyal friends.

Alf was a guiding example of courage as he lived with ALS, showing those around him that one can maintain a sense of humour during the most challenging of times. To Alf, all days were either “good” or “gooder”.

Special heartfelt thank you to the ALS Society, Interior Health (home support services and palliative care), CAYA BC, Dr. Burgoyne and the caring staff at Penticton Regional Hospital.

Those wishing to pay respects are invited to a memorial service at Everden Rust Funeral Home, 1130 Carmi Ave. on Friday May 6th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Society of BC. To leave online condolences to the family, please visit

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