Sigmund Frederick Schubert passed away unexpectedly during a lengthy illness. Born and raised in Germany, Sig came to Canada in 1953 when he married Rosemary Byrn, whom he had met while she was travelling through Europe. After spending 8 years in Vancouver and becoming a chartered accountant there, Sig and family moved to Salmon Arm where he set up the first chartered accountancy firm in Salmon Arm, later to partner with Bill Jorgensen. Sig served three terms on the City Council as an Alderman (a very outspoken one!): first in 1967/68 then later in 1972/83 and 1985/86. Among his accomplishments during his last term, was his position as Councillor in charge of the SASCU Recreation Centre construction. In the mid 70’s he married Ann Cawley and the two often spent winters vacationing in various parts of Mexico, where he freely communicated with people from all walks of life.
Sig was a survivor. His young adulthood was interrupted by 5 years in the Russian prison/labour camp system after WW II. He went on, however, to establish himself in Canada and become a citizen. He was always one to live life as he saw fit, one to choose his own destiny – right to the end. He had a love of animals and nature, books and music, as well as cigars and good wine! He also had a flare for languages: he learned German, English and Latin while growing up, Russian from the people in Siberia, Spanish from Mexicans and Japanese through classes in Salmon Arm. He will be remembered, among other things, for his intelligence, business acumen, forthright manner, and integrity. He will be missed.
He is survived by his only child, Muriel Schubert, two ex-wives Rosemary (Byrn) Schubert and Elizabeth Ann (Cawley) Schubert, as well as three step-children: Susan, Brian and David Cawley.
It was Sig’s request, that no service be held. In lieu of flowers, if so desired donations may be made in his memory to the Shuswap Community Foundation’s Designated Shuswap Area, BCSPCA Endowment Fund (Box 624, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N7).
Condolences may be sent to
3725 Bastionview Road, Tappen, BC, V0E 2X1
Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home & Crematorium, Salmon Arm.