29 May, 192423 October, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce that Horst, our much-loved father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away peacefully with family at his side. Born in Breslau, Germany (now Wraclaw), he was the oldest of two children. After WWII he studied and worked as a watchmaker. He immigrated to Canada in 1953 with his beloved wife Oda on the “Anna Salen” and they travelled by train across Canada to their new life in Duncan, British Columbia. From the outset, Horst was determined to make the best life for his family. His first job in Duncan was with Stenmark Jewellers, and by 1956 he and Oda opened Nowrath Jewellers on Kenneth Street, and then moved to Station Street, and eventually to the Duncan Mall. Horst was a well-respected businessman and was active in the community throughout his life. He was a member of the Duncan Jaycees where he served as President. He was a Rotarian with the Duncan Rotary Club since 1967. He served as President from 1973-1974 and was a Paul Harris Fellow. His involvement in Rotary played a large role in his life. He rarely missed a meeting wherever he happened to be on his travels. He was also Chair of Cowichan Valley Crime Stoppers and belonged to the Probus Club of Duncan. Horst was very much a family-oriented man and revelled in the outdoors. He got his kids into skiing, hiking, camping, canoeing, and swimming. He especially loved spending holidays with family and friends on his treasured West Coast. He enjoyed many exploratory road trips with Oda to isolated corners of BC and travelled widely overseas. You could not meet a more friendly, outgoing person. He had many friends, and always had the time of day for them. He loved his “breakfast meetings” with friends, and during his retirement he became a regular at the Duncan Garage most mornings with a group of buddies. Horst was well known for striking up conversations with strangers. He was an excellent storyteller and took great joy in the telling. Horst was definitely a glass half full kind of guy. He was a problem solver and had an inspirational positive attitude. Most importantly, he practiced gratitude all his life, and often said he was a very lucky man and had a good life. He loved the song “What a Wonderful World”. He will be so dearly missed. Horst is predeceased by wife Oda, daughter Cordula, grandson Aren and great grandson Jem. He will be deeply missed by children Gwen (Philip) and Bernard (Wendy), grandchildren Alisha, Daniel, Kai, Svea and Heidi, and great grandchildren Taman, Noam, Maeve and Kian, his sister Heidi, his god daughter Ingeborg, and his many nieces and nephews. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to Dr Bass, and Michele, his good friend and caregiver in recent years, for their care and kindness. A Celebration of Life to be held at First Memorial on November 13 at 1:00 PM, 375 Brae Rd, Duncan B.C. Due to COVID restrictions there may be a limited capacity. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation. 250 701 0399 or or 101-5822 Garden St. Duncan B.C. V9L3V9 Online condolences may be left at


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Pat Whitney

12 November 2021

Over the last few years prior to the pandemic my sister Rosemarie and I and on one occasion also my sister Sylvia visited Horst and Oda in their beautiful home on Martin Road. Horst and Oda were known for their hospitality. They both shared a feeling of gratitude and appreciation for the many ways their lives had been blessed since coming to Canada. During these visits Oda entertained us with family history. I was always struck with Horst's consistently positive view on everything. He was such an outgoing and friendly person and very astute. When I spoke to him a few years ago at Oda's memorial service he said to me, "now we are both in the same boat" in reference to the fact that I had also lost my spouse of many years and he and Oda had both attended my husband's funeral. I know Gwen and Bernard that you will both miss your wonderful dad but I know you must look back with pride at all he accomplished. Horst always made it clear that his family was most important to him and I am sure that you and all his grandchildren and great grandchildren have many joyful memories. Love Pat

Barb Olender

11 November 2021

I remember meeting Mr. Nowrath at 15 years old and him hiring me for my first job. I so enjoyed working at Nowrath Jewellers with him, his wife and the rest of the gang. We shared many good years together and were all treated like family. The Nowraths were such good people and I will always hold them in my heart. He will be deeply missed by so many people. My sincere condolences to his family.

Cindy Wilson

9 November 2021

Horst and Oda were wonderful people and great business clients of mine for many years. I thoroughly enjoyed working with them. Horst was always smiling, positive and friendly. I looked forward to all my interactions with him. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

Russ & Bradshaw

7 November 2021

I just wanted to say how much my mother Ellen admired and enjoyed working for the Nowrath's She thought very highly of Horst and although she has passed I'm sure she would have no problem with me expressing her and my condolences to the family. Horst had a great sense of humor and will be missed.

Midge & Bill Jory

6 November 2021

We remember Horst as constantly positive, welcoming and helpful. Every meeting with him was one that left you happier than you had been. The world has suffered a loss.

Robin Duke

1 November 2021

I have many happy memories of both Horst and Oda.
Horst pierced my ears so many years ago! And they were friends of my Mum and Dad after having met when Horst sold watches door to door on his arrival to the valley.
Our paths crossed often but more so when I joined Rotary.
We had many happy get togethers on Martin Road, complete with fun, laughter,great food and fellowship. Horst was always smiling that big smile and was always ready with a kind word or a piece of advice.
I know that he had a wonderful long life but he will be sadly missed.
I feel very honoured to have known both Oda and Horst.
Robin Duke

Corrine Thompson

28 October 2021

I met Horst through the Duncan Rotary club, I joined in 2012 and was president 2015/16.
Horst would often come up to me after the meeting was over to tell me what a great meeting it was and what a great job I was doing.
He was always so kind caring and generous, a wonderful long life, so well lived
He is truly an inspiration to others and I will be forever grateful for having known him.
My condolences to his family and may your wonderful memories of him carry you through this time.

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