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ESSIG, Niels

ESSIG, Niels

July 6, 1931 - November 5, 2021

It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Niels Essig on November 5, 2021. He lived a full life and passed away peacefully with his loving daughter by his side. Niels was predeceased by his devoted and loving wife, Sigrid Essig. He is survived by his daughter, Diana Anderson and son-in-law Robert Anderson, along with many family members and cherished friends.

Where does someone even begin to encapsulate this truly unique, sophisticated, gentle, and remarkable one-of-a-kind man? As an elevator mechanic by day and aristocrat by night, he was an anomaly and an enigma rolled into one man. Niels could’ve lived three more lifetimes and still not been able to fill them up with all his interests, talents, and hobbies. He loved life and lived each day to the fullest, loved to laugh, and he lived in the moment. His infectious laugh, impish grin, and wonder for life kept him youthful and engaged in life. His many interests included an extensive stamp collection, book collection, and art collection. He enjoyed landscaping and creating beauty around him. He particularly loved the colour orange. He even painted his tool handles orange. Who does that!?

Niels was a very cultured man. He loved classical music, concerts, and the opera. He loved meeting new people and was always interested in their stories, and quick to invite them over for a glass of wine. He was also a great storyteller… sometimes they were too long… they were like a symphony, with a beginning, a long middle, and a crescendo at the end.

Most of all, Niels enjoyed his daily walks around the waterfront park. He always ended up at the Grand Hotel to meet his old and new friends and enjoy much laughter, kinship, and of course a cup of coffee and a treat.

GOD is going to have his HANDS FULL with Niels. HE broke the mould when he created HIM. I’m sure he’ll still be a going concern in heaven as he was on earth. Godspeed Dad. You will be missed, always remembered, cherished, and loved!

Heartfelt thanks go out to my soul sisters Katharine, Lori, and Chessa for their love and devotion, help, and kindness for enriching my dad’s life over the last 7 1/2 years… it took a village. A special thank-you to Dr. Steinruck for always showing up and for your loving care. Last but not least, thank you to the wonderful, caring, tireless, and loving staff at David Lloyd Jones. You became like our extended family. We couldn’t have asked for better care and kindness. Thank you!

As per Niels wishes, there will be no service but instead, he would ask you, in his name, to help someone: a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or neighbour that is sad or lonely and spend some time with them (go over for a coffee or a drink, help them with some errands, or just take them for a drive). Time spent is the most cherished currency and gift you can give someone. Alternatively, you can mail or drop off gift certificates for the staff in any denomination to David Lloyd Jones, c/o Christine Hawes, 934 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6P8.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com

Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/essig-niels
Condolence Messages
  • Nov 17, 2021
    Our deepest condolences to Diane and Rob. Niels made a huge impact on our lives. He certainly started out with his famous grin but it only lasted moments before he broke out in sincere laughter. He had to be prodded to talk about himself which was very interesting. He was always more interested in other people. He was humble and always complementing others. He was very intelligent and able to talk on nearly any subject. What a pleasure and an honor to know and be his friend. His love for his wife and daughter was no secret.
    Jack and Andy the Barbers
  • Nov 17, 2021
    So very sorry to hear that your Dear Father has passed.
    I so enjoyed both of your parents, your Mother was always bringing chocolates to us that put a smile on our faces in the store and your Father was always so very gracious. He will be missed by many!
    Sherry from Sherry's Grand Apparel
  • Nov 17, 2021
    He was always so interested in what everyone was doing. My sincere
    condolences to you.
    (please add this to my first note, thanks!).
    Kirsty Thomson
  • Nov 17, 2021
    Diana and Rob, so sorry for your loss. I loved visiting with your Mum and Dad
    at the Grand when they were having morning coffee. Such a lovely couple.
    And being neighbors in the Dolphins, we had many good chats coming
    and going. I admired your Dad's positive and cheery spirit,even once he was on
    his own. H
  • Nov 17, 2021
    So sorry to hear this news, Diana and Rob. Condolences. I met your mom and dad so many years ago at Beaconia. I fondly recall spending time at their place and the stories he would tell. And his crazy work ethic. Always another project.
    Peter Wiens
  • Nov 16, 2021
    So sorry for your loss. I met your Mom and Dad walking in the park on the waterfront many years ago and visited with Neils after your dear Mom passed.
    Originally from Winnipeg myself, we had conversations about the city and the
    Beaches we both had fond memories of. He was a delightful Man and his impish grin won’t be forgotten.
    Carol Harvey
  • Nov 16, 2021
    Niels was a true renaissance man, with a restless curiosity and creativity, a mind for innovation and invention. He always strove to make things better in his own way. It isn’t until we get on in our own lives that we truly appreciate how special, how unique Niels was. Always with a hearty laugh, a broad, generous smile and a twinkle in the eye - he was always bursting to tell a story or share a keen insight. There was never a dull moment when you were with Niels and Sigi. Time flew by, and we relished every moment. We will truly miss them both, and will continue to hold them as well as Diana and Rob near in our hearts. Our love to you at this difficult time. Deb and Kendall Bingeman
  • Nov 16, 2021
    Sorry for you loss Diana and Rob. I lost my Elevator mechanic a few years ago as well. I remember playing volleyball at the lake in Beaconia..your father had built quite the estate there. Your Mom and Dad were great people. Very nice story about him...take care.
    Kurt Wallman
  • Nov 15, 2021
    So sorry for your loss Diana and Rob. It is so hard to lose a parent and your Dad sounds like he was a wonderful man. What a beautiful tribute you have written to honour him. May your memories help you as you deal with his loss.
    Judy MacKenzie
  • Nov 15, 2021
    Your dad was an amazing man. I enjoyed spending time with him when I volunteered at DLJ, he will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Cindy Menghini
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