Louis Montalbetti

Immigrated from Casale Litta, Italy to Fernie, BC in 1919. In 1930, when the coal mines began to close, Louis moved with his family to Burton, BC to farm. From 1942-45, he served in the Signal Corps of the Canadian Army where he became an accomplished machinist/mechanic. His mechanical abilities secured his employment as an engineer on the Arrow Lakes dredge. Due to the Arrow Lakes Hydro Project many residents were relocated, including Louis and family which precipitated a move to Surrey in 1964. He continued working with the Federal

Government until his retirement in 1976. Louis enjoyed his retirement years – playing cards, bowling, travelling, making wine, listening to music, reading, being with family and friends. He lived in Victoria for the past ten years continuing to enjoy good food with a glass of vino rosso with family and friends. Louis is remembered as a generous, caring person with a good sense of humour and a wonderful smile. Predeceased by his first wife, RenĂ©e Mante in 1978 and his second wife, Eda Battel in 2004. He will be forever remembered by his children Alice (Frank), Joan (Bill), Marie, Denis (Gay), stepsons Albert (Sandy) and Bill Battel and nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.


The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Broadmead Lodge for their compassionate and loving care.