A long time and active resident of Dutch Valley, a small community just north of the Terrace City limits on the Kalum River, has lost his life while fishing near Prince Rupert.
Wolfgang Weidner was in his 68th year and, true to his style, he was on his own on another fishing adventure. Weidner travelled far and wide to enjoy his passion. Others were always welcome but he enjoyed his time alone as much as others company and would venture off, waiting for no one.
He was one of the more active and involved members of the Dutch Valley community and stood alongside Jim Wold in the almost decade long struggle to get flood protection. Wold considered Weidner his best friend.
Wolfgang Weidner was as tough as anyone we have encountered. When the Regional District was unable to get funding for rocks and excavators to build a dike, Weidner did it on his own, by hand. As the water rose around his property he placed his own rocks and concrete along the banks of the Kitsumkalum River one at a time. This effort in 2009 was before the severe flooding forced the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) to spring into action. When the trucks and rock arrived Wolfgang had already saved his land. By hand, on his own, he did what the PEP came after the fact to do. Water has never touched the erosion protection PEP provided as Wolfgangs protection works were yards out in front.
“We always laughed together calling it Kraut Engineering” Wold reminisced.See the Weidner ‘Kraut’ Engineering by clicking here
He was always lending a hand to any of his neighbours in Dutch Valley and was seen by us almost every time we came to assess the flooding conditions. And we visited with Wolfgang many times every year from 2007 to just this past June when the waters rose and flooded his property yet again.
He was always a kind and considerate man and we will remember him fondly.
A memorial is being planned for this Saturday and we will post this information on the community sharing notices when we discover more details.
Standing with Jim Wold in September 2007 after helping to place the old sand bags from the June 2007 in an effort to save Dutch Valley
Standing with his neighbour in June 2012 as the waters rose again. See his boat and camper in the background
Always on the front lines. Here Wolfgang is working with his neighbours to place the old sand bags
Soooo sorry ...