DIEDRICH, Albert Theodore “Al”- passed away peacefully at Poplar Ridge Pavilion on July 17, 2013 at the age of 85.
Dad was born on May 5, 1928 in Saskatoon, SK. He was he only child of Mathias and Mary Diedrich. He left Saskatchewan in 1947 to move west in search of employment, settling in Kimberley, BC where he was employed by the CM&S at the Sullivan Mine.
Shortly afterward, Dad met the love of his life, Rae Wardrope. They married on April 15, 1950 and together they raised 4 children.
In 1960, Dad took a transfer to Cominco in Trail, and moved the family to Rossland where they lived until moving to Trail to escape the snow. Dad retired in 1989 and he and Mom enjoyed many happy years fishing on Kootenay Lake. Dad had a love for fishing and for bird hunting in his younger days. His biggest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.
Al is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Rae, his son Ted (Barb) Diedrich, daughters Katherine Diedrich, Sharon (Neil) Thomas and Linda (Bob) French. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Mike (Sarah) Thomas, Phil Thomas, Krista (Jeremy) Shannon, Jenny (Mark) Thomas, Christine (Logan) Diedrich, Stefanie (Marc) French and Curtis French as well as his 3 beautiful great-granddaughters, Aliska, Marlie and Londyn.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, Mathias and Mary and his infant son, Bobby.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 10:30 am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Trail with Father Jim McHugh, Celebrant. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in Al’s name may be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation at 4 – 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9M9 or online at www.heartandstroke.bc.ca or to a charity of your choice.
The family would like to extend our special thanks to Dr. Scully and all of the staff at Poplar Ridge (Dad loved you all), and to Al and the staff at Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca