Rupert R Seel

Rupert Seel was born in New Hazelton BC on December 22, 1928. Growing up on Ootsa Lake, he learned from his father George how to hunt, trap and prospect. His mother Else documented their pioneer life, and her writings and photos continue to this day to inspire others. Oosta Lake Odyssey recently published, made Rupert proud (thankyou, Jay Sherwood). Hired in 1951 by the surveying company McElhanney, he was employed to ferry workers and supplies for the Kemano power generation project. It was reported that he “could tough it out in any situation and thought little of walking into Kemano from Ootsa Lake, winter or summer”. As the company grew he had opportunities to work all over the world and continued with McElhanney for over 40 years. Upon his “retirement” Rupert pursued his passions: firewood (never enough), gardening and mineral exploration, living up to the name “the man who never tires” given to him by a Nigerian co-worker. Rupert passed on in Vancouver on June 27, 2017 and is lovingly remembered by his children: Erika, Vernon (Mei Ying), Sybil, grandchildren Matthew, Cameron, Emma and Shaw-Ern. He is predeceased by his wife Winifred, sister Gloria Reed, son-in-law Mark and friend Grace Blackwell. He will be missed by Winnie’s and Gloria’s families as well as many friends whom he cherished. A Celebration of Rupert’s life will be held at his Sechelt house at noon on August 12. Additionally, family members will visit Wisteria on August 16th.


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