Winfield Patrick Koehler
7 February , 1945 – 17 May , 2019
It is heartbreaking sadness that we announce the passing of Wink on Friday May 17th, 2019 at the age of 74. He was a beloved husband of 53 years to Marilyn, loving father to daughter Dani and son Stephen (Jennifer), grandsons Owen and Riley, brother Carl (Vicki), bother in-law Ken (Maureen) as well as his niece, many nephews, special friends Rab McNeil (Phyllis) and Marie Hooper. Many thanks to all the friends and family for all their love and support. Wink is predeceased by his daughter Stacey (1995) and Grandson Tevin (2008) Wink was also a member of the Mission Golf Club and Burnaby Power Squadron and will be missed by all who knew him. Wink was a soccer dad, musician extraordinaire, boater, fisherman, world traveler and most of all he was the most generous, kind and humorous friend to all he met. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday June 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Cedar Valley Mennonite Church 32860 Cherry Avenue Mission, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
- Memorial Service Saturday, 15 June , 2019
Winfield Patrick Koehler
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5 June 2019
I had the pleasure of playing in "The Aces High" with Wink in the mid to late sixties. We played dozens of weddings, banquets and Legion shows during that time, and they were some of the most enjoyable times I've had since I started playing drums. Wink's excellent musicianship was obvious throughout that time, and added a whole new dimension to the band. The band members went our separate ways after that, but I still look back fondly to those days. During our time at "The Lamplighter", the band had the honour of backing Rock and Roll hall of fame inductee Gene Vincent, and Wink's sax playing was the icing on the cake. I was so sad when I found out about Wink's passing, and miss his great personality and charming smile. May you rest in peace brother. Sincerely, Don Mackintosh
4 June 2019
I first met Wink in grade 7 at Van Tech in the school band, He played tenor sax, while Willie Hallet played trumpet and I was on Baritone Horn. We also later played in the dance band too. Wink always had that cool old silver tenor sax. I never could figure out how he was always ahead of us in music.
Winkie played rugby with me at Tech and, not being the biggest guy on the team, always played on the line as a fly-half or centre. Winke was a gutsy rugby player. Always a nice happy guy.....always. You could count on Wink.
Of course he went on to be the 5th man in the Quadra Tones with my current musical partner, Bo Olsson.
Winkie could almost play anything.......sax, keyboards, vocals. I watched him play bass once at a noon-hour sock-hop with Jim Ramsey? (I think it was Jim) I never even knew Wink could play bass!
We were at Birch Bay once when Wink and I think his Dad showed up with a Wirlitzer electric piano. It was just awesome. Of course, Wink could play that too. He introduced me to Rhapsody in Blue or at least the opening lick.
When we had our dance band at Tech, we would rehearse early in the morning. One rehearsal, the charts arrived for "Peter Gunn"......the big band version. I got to play guitar then. Marshall Cowe was on drums. It sounded just fabulous! So much so, that they let us stay on-stage for an auditorium assembly. We played "Peter Gunn" and it just rocked! In the vamp during the end Wink stood up and wailed out a tenor solo! I have never, never, never forgotten that special moment. Wink was the man!
Tragedy would strike later in life twice. How can anybody survive that? But he and Marilyn did running on pure love and strength of character.
I guess we are all getting used to schoolmates and fellow musicians passing on but I know I speak for Bo too when I say losing Wink takes a little part of us with him. This one really hurts.
Rest in peace Wink.
Bill Wheeler & Elaine Crossley
23 May 2019
Wink was a humble and loveable guy who lived for the love of his wife, Marilyn and family, music and travel.
He was consistently kind and reasonable through both good and challenging times. His wonderful sense of humour kept him close to everyone and everyone really enjoyed his quick wit.
Wink's musical talent will always be remembered by the many musicians who had the pleasure to hear and play along with his outstanding vocal and multi-instrument repertoire.
From the guys in the band………."Man, we miss you so much!!"
Our sincerest condolences and love to Marilyn and family,
Bo and Geri Olsson