May 5, 1924- Hamburg, Germany
November 22, 2013 – Calgary, AB
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rolf Sahs on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Bow-Crest Care Centre in Calgary, Alberta, the age of 89 years.
Rolf was born in Hamburg, Germany, on May 5th, 1924, where he spent his childhood until he joined the German Merchant Marines at age 14. After WWII, he joined the French Foreign Legion and fought in the Indochina War in Vietnam. He retired from active military service and immigrated to Canada in 1954 where he met his wife Anna. Rolf worked in the coal mine in East Coulee for seventeen years and then moved to Calgary to work for the University of Calgary until his retirement.
Rolf was an avid stamp collector for over 70 years, something he was very proud of. He enjoyed travelling the 7 seas, playing cribbage, watching detective shows Matlock and Perry Mason and western films starring John Wayne. Some of his more notable moments were crossing the equator 2 times and going through the Panama Canal 4 times.
Rolf is survived by his stepson Wilfried Kalina (Marguerite); grandson Peter Kalina and Kathy Wilson; granddaughter Angie Martin (Bill); Denise Kalina; great-grandchildren Matthew, Lyndsy, Jennifer and Jeffrey Kalina and Kimberly and Rebecca Martin. He is also survived by the following family and friends, niece Renate Hildebrecht (Theo) and son Lars from Germany, Monica Schwarz and Rose Wickstrand; Tammy and Darren Anderson and their children Kaitlyn, Chase and Brennan; and Ella and Arnold Berrington.
Special thanks go out to Dr. Catherine McKenna and the staff at Bow-Crest Care Centre for all the loving care provided for our beloved Dad and Opa. You all remind us of the words Jesus spoke when he said, “The greatest among you is the one who serves”. Matthew 23:11.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Airdrie Funeral Home (300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, Alberta) on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2:00p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Rolf Sahs, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: (403) 948 1100Print This Obituary & Condolences