August 26, 1944 – July 11, 2020
A much-loved husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, friend – Armand Max Kainz passed away on July 11, 2020. Born August 26, 1944, in Big River, Saskatchewan, to the late Albert and Valeda Kainz, he spent most of his life in his beloved Port Alberni.
Armand was hardworking, strong, and witty. He spent his working-life in the bush, working for the various incarnations of MacMillan Bloedel. He was a fierce advocate for workers’ rights and loved the years that he spent involved with the IWA. Armand cared deeply about his work and his union colleagues and his large circle of friends.
He was a storyteller and a deep thinker who was always willing to share his wisdom. He was passionate about many things, including politics & social issues, the correct way to load a dishwasher, and the proper place to store his tools.
Armand’s greatest joy was his family, and he cherished the times they spent together at the cabin, or skiing, golfing, or vacationing in Palm Springs. He will be deeply missed by Florence, his loving wife of 52 years, his children Nadine (Tom), Derek (Alison) and Lana (Jim), his grandchildren, Jamie, Krissy, Oscar, Jessica, Georgia, Benjamin and Lauren, and his siblings, George and Elaine.
A special thank you to Drs. Freddie Meyer, Matthew Hudson and Wendy Johnson, his nurse Colleen, and the wonderful team at Ty Watson House who supported Armand through his journey.
Armand’s ability to spin a story, turn a phrase and mangle a tune will be much missed by all who loved him.
He always made us laugh. Now we will cry in remembrance but with joy in our hearts for having known and loved him. In his memory, donations to Ty Watson House would be greatly appreciated.
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