Syd Feuz

Syd Feuz passed away at Durand Manor on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the age of 92 years. A lifelong resident of Golden, Syd was known for his enduring passion for alpine pursuits. Born in 1922, he was the third of eight children of Walter and Johanna Feuz. Syd’s zest for skiing, climbing and hiking was formed by his youthful experiences traversing mountain slopes and trails alongside his father, uncles and other Swiss Guides. In 1942, he joined the Navy, serving as a stoker on the HMCS Sans Peur, a patrol ship based in the Atlantic. Near the end of the war, he married his wife Beda. When the war ended, he began a forty-year career as a local businessman, working in partnership with Beda to own and operate the Fridhem Hotel as well as serve as the local distributor for Texaco fuel products. During this time, Syd was actively engaged in community service through his participation as a trustee and chair of the School Board, as a Director on the East Kootenay College Board, and through his involvement with the Legion, Kinsmen, and Golden Light Horse Club. In his spare time, Syd continued to pursue his alpine interests, eventually taking and passing his apprentice guide’s exam at the age of 51. Upon retiring from his bulk fuel business, Syd turned his enthusiasm for skiing into another occupation as a Heli-Ski Guide with Purcell Heli-Skiing. He retired for the second time at age 75, but continued to ski, climb and hike with a variety of companions into his early 80s. Throughout his lifetime, Syd’s love for the mountains recognized his family’s contributions to Canadian mountaineering as well as supported the growing interest in and development of local mountain culture. In 2010, at the age of 88, Syd was honoured to be appointed as the community Olympic Torch-Bearer as the Olympic torch returned to B.C. on its way to Vancouver. Syd was predeceased by Beda, his wife of 66 years, and sisters Anne Harker, Doris Jacobson, Lucy Soles and Jean Vaughan. Syd will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his son Paul Feuz (Magdalena) of Golden, daughters Karen Smedley (George) of Golden, Analisa Feuz (Jeff Stachoski) of Port Coquitlam; grandchildren Tyson Feuz, Alia and Taryn Stachoski, and step-granddaughter Karla Smedley. He also leaves his brothers Paul and Ron Feuz, sister Betty Aulis, cousins Fred Feuz and Alice Pallard, numerous nieces and nephews, and many close friends. A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1 pm at the Golden Civic Centre. No flowers by request. Arrangements are in the care of Hindman Bowers, Golden, B.C.

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