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Valleyview Funeral Home

165 Valleyview Road, Kelowna, BC

OBITUARY

Gerhard Albert GLATA

August 20, 1931July 18, 2020

GLATA, Gert (Gerhard)

Gert (Gerhard) was born in the Black Forest region of Germany in 1931. He loved downhill skiing and soccer. In having to make a choice, soccer won out, as he launched into playing Professional Soccer in Germany.

Upon immigrating to Canada, he worked at a few locations across the country before settling in Edmonton, AB and later in Calgary. The big draw was proximity to the Rockies and downhill skiing.

Calgary is where he met Lynne and they married in 1973.

He ran a successful autobody repair business in 3 consecutive locations. He was a multi-talented man who seemed to be able to do anything, including house building.

Gert and Lynne moved to the Okanagan in 2000, first to the Penticton area and to Kelowna in 2005.

Declining health in recent years has been a great frustration for Gert as it robbed him of his mobility and independence. He passed away July 18, 2020 one month shy of turning 89. He is now at peace and out of pain.

He is survived by spouse, Lynne, sister Rita (Germany) and her children Sissi (Germany), Johannes (New York), and cousins Hedwig and Roland (Germany) as well as countless friends in both Canada and Germany.

If desired, donate to your favorite charity.

Gert will be cremated but there will be no formal service due to COVID restrictions.

Services

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Memories

Gerhard Albert GLATA

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Charlene Leblanc

July 25, 2020

My husband (Donald) and I met Lynne and Gert at a resort while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta in 2006. We hold so many fond memories from this vacation and mostly because of our time spent with Lynne and Gert. Gert had a wonderful sense of humor and made us laugh, was a bit of a daredevil for his age at the time and he went parasailing as we looked on. I still remember that during our vacation he was looking to buy the ultimate tropical shirt and his words were "it has to hit me", well finally one day he found "the shirt". What mostly comes to mind however, was his obvious love for Lynne. I remember him telling us that it was love at first site when he first saw her on a ski slope.
Our sincere condolences to Lynne, family and friends.
Charlene and Don (Montreal)


Suzanne Marlowe

July 24, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. I will always remember your beautiful home I stayed with you in while we were working. I recall Gert was a very intelligent man. May he Rest In Peace.

MICHELLE THIEBAUD-GRUHLKE

July 24, 2020

My fondest memories of Uncle Gert was his love of cars. He had many projects on the go, and I can remember him letting me sit in (and almost drive, had my parents allowed it) a 1976 Corvette that he was rebuilding. He was so open and willing to share his excitement about the car and his obvious passion for it. It was infectious and I remember it vividly.

I know that he was struggling lately not being mobile and independent, so I am glad he isn’t suffering anymore.

I am extremely sad that due to the current state of the world we will be unable to attend the memorial. My deepest sympathies to Lynne and their friends and family here and abroad.

Much love from Alberta
Michelle

Wendy Wild

July 22, 2020

Lynne
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
David and Wendy and family

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY