July 30, 1933 - February 26, 2023
In loving memory ~
It is with great sadness we announce the passing Winfried (Willie) Rapatz on Sunday, February 26th after a brief period in palliative care at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. He was predeceased by Margaret (Marg), his wife of 63 years. Willie was born in Pörtschach am Wörthersee on July 30th, 1933, the youngest of 8 children. He immigrated to Canada in 1952, settling in Victoria where he met and married Marg in 1956.
Soon after arriving Willie began his career with the Canadian Hydrographic Service as a seaman on the Canadian Survey Ship (CSS) William J. Stewart and was quickly promoted to surveyor finally capping his career by briefly serving as the first Director of the North Pacific Marine Sciences Organization before retiring in 1990.
Measured by family, friends and experiences, Willie always counted himself hugely successful and he will be both missed and fondly remembered by his family, friends, and anyone lucky enough to sit next to him at the coffee shop. He is survived by his three children, Phillip (Swee Leng), Diane, and Erik (Debbie) as well as 2 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 1 step great grandchild that adored their Opa.
There will be a Celebration of Life, details to follow. Obituary and Memories can be found at www.dignitymemorial.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local Palliative Care.