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Friedrich Karl Karter

April 10, 1923-January 13, 2013

Like many others after the war, dad left Essen, Germany for a better life in Canada in 1957. He brought his family; wife Gertrud, three girls: Jutta, Carmen, and Gabriele to Vancouver, B.C. where he met lifelong friends, Heinz Laffin, Paul & Brigitte Seitz and Donna Moore. He bought their first home in New Westminster 1962; moved to Thetis Island in 1970 where they built their 2nd home; and in Port Hardy his 3rd home where dad was the Administrator of the Port Hardy Hospital from 1972 until he retired in 1988. Chora Eilersten, his Administrative Secretary, stayed in touch with him all these years, a loyal friend. They moved to Ladysmith due to his wife’s health in 1993 and subsequently to Port Alberni in 2004 to Burde Hill Estates to be nearer to daughter Gabi.   

He loved reading until he lost his sight to macular degeneration in 2000 which significantly changed his life. He managed very well living in his home alone after his wife of 66 yrs passed on in August 2008. His pet cat Squeeky misses him and the kindly neighbours the Bradley’s & the Blake’s and many others will miss him. 

His had a knowledge of great composers and love of music; Beethoven, Mozart and Bach were his favourites. He was very organized as an accountant by trade; though he worked in the coal mines during the war.  Opi or Opa was a generous man to his children, grandchildren: Moya Kelly, Sabrina Lamport, Davy Shergill, Amrit Shergill and great grandchildren Teagan and Damon. He supported many organizations generously. He loved sports programs and Jeopardy; which he never missed until he was hospitalized on January 4th with a lung infection. Thanks to all those who were kind to him throughout his illness. 

Dad had many good friends “ein guter Kamerad, einen besseren findest Du nicht” Siegfried Kuhn & Nora Blunck will miss him plus sister Margret Steuber, Markus, Michael Steuber and their extended family  in Germany as well as nieces Heidi Keller & Christine Baburek who kept in touch regularly. 

He leaves behind grieving daughters Carmen Shergill, Gabriele Osborne (husband David) extended family of the Osborne’s, Mcpherson’s, Kanngiesser’s, and Johnston’s plus new friends Edna & David Cox who greatly enhanced his life on earth with Sunday afternoon readings from Rudolf Steiner. “Upward to you strives the love of my soul, upward to you flows the stream of love. May they sustain you, may they enfold you in heights of hope, in spheres of love.” His ashes will be interred at St. Margaret’s Cemetery alongside his beloved wife Gertrud. 

A Celebration of Fred’s life was held at the Burde Hill Estates – Clubhouse, Port Alberni, on Friday, January 18th, Condolences and remembrances may be left for the family by visiting In lieu of flowers, donations in dad’s memory can be made to the CNIB, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto Ont. M4G3E8 or by visiting their web site at

Chapel of Memories Funeral Directors – (866) 584-5164

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