We were blessed to have our parents with us for such a long time, Mamma until she was 88 and Papa until 92. Papa used to laugh and say he had been retired from Cominco for more years than he had worked there. They thoroughly enjoyed a long and healthy retirement travelling to all the places they loved: Spain, Mexico, Hawaii, Germany and of course going back to Latvia. They also holidayed with their truck & camper to visit family, friends and to see more of the US and Canada. Our home had laughter, music, spirited conversation and enough food and drink to feed all who joined them … our parents welcomed everyone to their home. They especially loved to talk about their girls and of course the grandchildren of which they were so proud! The wine they served was often Papa’s own made with grapes grown in their garden, it always tasted better after the first glass! Mamma and Papa enjoyed their life in Castlegar and took full advantage of what the West Kootenays had to offer.  They downhill skied at Red Mtn, cross county skied the Ben Shaw trails, swam and fished in the Columbia and gardened; Laima tended her flowers and Aigars watched over the vegetables~ neither loved to weed!  Papa had a way with tomatoes that grew huge, delicious, sweet and lasted well into the fall. Our parents always had a dog and thus were regular walkers in the neighbourhood and on Zuckerberg Island … and if you had a dog with you they always stopped to chat!

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