Rolf Meier

March 25, 1953 – May 16, 2021
It is with great sadness we advise that Rolf passed away peacefully on Sunday night, May 16th, 2021 after an eight year battle with cancer.
Predeceased by his parents Ewald and Margrith Meier, he leaves to mourn his life partner, Kathy McMaster, brother Urs (Marie Theres) Meier of Kerns, Switzerland, sister Esther (Jean) Gaud of Solothurn, Switzerland, nephew Louis (Carina) Meier of Oberflick, Switzerland and niece Dominique (Aurel) Meier of Basel, Switzerland.
Also brother-in-law Rob (Anne) McMaster of Hudson Heights, Quebec, nephew Kevin (Tracy) McMaster of Gaithersburg, Maryland and niece Amy (Rich) Cairns-McMaster of Fort Mill, South Carolina.
Born in Altdorf, Uri, Switzerland, Rolf grew up in Oberart and Dietlikon. He entered the Chef’s program at the age of 15 and completed his Chef’s Certificate at the prestigious Posthotel Valbella. Recruited by the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, Rolf embarked on his great Canadian adventure.
A few years in Toronto, a short year in Lethbridge then on to Vancouver on his way to a job in San Francisco.
Rolf didn’t go to SF, instead meeting his life partner of 40 years, Kathy McMaster. Moving from Executive Chef to Food & Beverage Manager (Shaughnessy Golf Club) to Clubhouse Manager (Vancouver Golf Club) and finally to salesman extraordinaire, he and his love ended up in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island.
A founding partner of Pacific Restaurant Supply Ltd., Rolf sold hospitality and food equipment while Kathy ran a B&B and in 2004 they found their dream home.
Rena Road Ranch is a 5 acre beautiful property with mountain and water views, and Rolf loved it dearly. He also loved the forest behind and when it was threatened with logging Rolf became an environmental warrior.
Unfortunately some of DL33 was logged, but sustained effort led to the entire lot being protected from further destruction in an amendment to the Land Use Order in 2018.
Rolf also loved his dogs dearly, first Whiskey, then Harley and Millie, and Monty. But most of all he loved his Kathy and the life they had together. Multiple Myeloma is a cruel disease but Rolf met its challenges with dignity and grace. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
During his battle with cancer Rolf met many compassionate and skilled health care workers. Special thanks to Dr. Jason Hart, Dr. Steve Kulla, Dr. Danielle Downe and Dr. Marius Steyn, and to the angel nurses in the Palliative Care Unit, specially Uena, Emma and Jennifer, and home care workers Chelsea and Bonnie.
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