Augustinus Christiaan Maria Karpes


April 20, 1941 - September 6, 2021

This obituary is written by Irene, and as Gus would say – “Oh my”…. So here it goes …

Gus was born in Holland and came to Canada as an 11-year-old with his large and loving family in 1952. He has lived in the Yukon since the ‘60s.

He is survived by the loving mother of his children – Elizabeth Karpes of BC.
Daughter Lisa Anne Stone (Roger) of Sooke, BC.
Son Shawn David Karpes of Alert Bay, BC.
Grand-daughter Montana Stone (Cody) of Calgary, Alberta.
Great-grandchildren, Dominic and London Anne.
Gus dearly loved and was very proud of his family.

Survived by his beloved sisters and brothers, Francisca Klienebeck (Don) of Australia.
Paula Veenstra (lammert) of USA.
Mary Beaussart of BC
Dick Karpes of BC
Chris (Bea) Karpes of BC.
John (Joan) Karpes of BC.
Many loving nieces and nephews.

Gus is predeceased by his father, Walter; mother, Anna Maria Karpes (who he absolutely loved and adored); brothers, Bill and Theodore Karpes; brothers-in-law, Walter Kleinebeck and Raff Beaussart; and sister-in-law Mary Karpes.

He is deeply mourned by his wonderful, faithful dog and constant companion Peg.

Gus was a kind, considerate, intelligent, and often opinionated man. Always a loyal and steadfast friend to those who “knew” him. Amongst these people, he leaves behind his special, long-time friends Don and Penny Sipple, and Allan and Dianne Chisholm.

He also leaves behind his much loved “adopted sons” and their families. Warren Holland (Brenda); their kids (no longer kids), Morgane, Evan, Jordon, and Eva; and their new kids on the block, Warren, Gus, and Molly. Gus was honoured to have Gus named after him; Scott McDougal (Joanne), who had a very long and great journey with Gus of nearly 40 years; and their kids (no longer kids) Al, Luke, and Emily.

The Pugh’s all loved Gus, and it is summed up by my sister Karen’s message. “Gus was a man of character who loved you very much. You two were individuals and a team. He was Yukon, and Yukon was him”.

I had a wonderful life with Gus. He loved the water, books, and his famous woodpile. He was an entrepreneur, adventurer, riverboat captain, artist, woodworker, published author, awesome chef, ferocious reader, and businessman. He was the most fantastic dancer a woman could ever hope to have as a dance partner in life. We were partners in life and business for about 44 years and were married 36 years ago. He was my world.

A heartfelt thank you to all of our great families, friends, neighbours, and my (forever younger than me) co-workers for your kindness, love, and support.

Thank you to Dr. Owen Averill, Dr. Robert Zimmerman, the doctors and nurses of Whitehorse General Hospital, and to Gordon Smith, ND.

Thank you to Dr. Yee, Dr. Keisse, and Kelly Wilcox of St. Paul’s Hospital (BC). Gus and I were grateful for the extended time we had together made possible through your skills. We tried to make each day count.

At Gus’ request, there will be no funeral.

And as Gus would say…. “Good show! Carry on…”.

Love to all


  1. Suzy Lister

    Dearest Irene,
    What a beautiful tribute. Your bond was deep and unbreakable even though the physical bond has changed.
    This first while asks a lot of us to tend to all those details in the midst of deep grief. May you give yourself kindness also.
    Sending you tons of love and comfort.

    With love and compassion,

  2. Jim & Janet Wilcox

    Irene, we were very sorry to hear about the passing of Gus. We were very happy his life was extended a few years after his surgery in BC. We hope all the good memories you have will help you through the more difficult times. Thinking of you.
    Jim & Janet

  3. Joyce Mickey

    My deepest condolences Irene. Thinking of you. Lots of hugs.

  4. Brenda Campbell

    Irene, your life ( seen by us on the outside) was an adventure with Gus. The stories that I’ve heard of your adventures are those that most of us only dream of.
    Gus has just taken on a new path but his spirit is still within you. There will be a huge hole in your life now. Fill it with the loving memories of Gus. Know that we, family in SWO region are thinking of you and keeping you in our hearts.
    With caring and much love, Brenda

  5. Gloria and Bob Andison

    Bob and I send our deepest condolences to you …we were so sorry to hear that Gus had passed on. Your tribute is beautiful, and the memories of a lifetime of adventures and love that you shared with him will live on.
    With hugs, Bob and Gloria

    • andrew more

      I was sorry to hear aboutGus’s passing. Your tribute was spot on. Lots of hugs. Drewsky

      • Carmen Semaschuk

        Dave and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and Gus had a very special relationship, one that few people ever get to experience. Cherish the good memories and stay strong!
        Many blessings
        Dave and Carmen

  6. Christiaan Karpes

    Thank you for this. Love from Louisiana.
    Nephew Chris Karpes

  7. Scott Karpes

    A beautiful tribute Irene. I enjoyed learning a few things I didn’t know about my uncle…

    I never felt particularly close to Gus but I always deeply admired him, starting at a young age. He’d show up from time to time, down here in Victoria, in his old yellow car (I don’t remember what it was but it was kinda big and pretty cool looking…)

    From a kid’s perspective, his was an ere of brooding, of mystery and of importance. He reminded me of my grandfather (his father) but I don’t believe he much liked that comparison. He played harmonicas sometimes (he always carried one or two) and, that too reminded me of my grandfather. Music was a skill I longed to possess, yet it seemed like ‘magic’ and just out of reach to me. I wondered how it seemed so ordinary and simple to him, that he could carry it around in his pocket…

    In about 1988 or 89 Gus and Irene spent a lot of time in Sidney, BC building the boat he named after his mother. My father and Gus spent a lot of time together during that time and later on we all went up the coast to Alaska, bringing the Anna Maria through the Inside Passage, to Skagway Alaska. The trip was very influential on me, being only 16 at the time, hanging out with a large crew of men. My first time being in bars, (I was snuck into a few along the way) and lots of adventures and amazement was had. I know it was a tough/stressful time for Gus and Irene but I will alway remember it all with fondness.

    I did eventually learn the harmonica (as has my youngest son) and I too play the stringed instruments now. I may’ve even begun to understand his brooding mysterious nature…

    Perhaps I’ll have to write him a song sometime. God-speed Gus… See you again at the end of the River someday..

    Big love to Irene and all those who knew him deeply and will miss him.

  8. Ellen Andison

    So well written, Irene. You’ve captured the love you two have for each other and Gus’s contributions and legacy. My heart and sole are holding you both tight. I continue to smile as I recall your stories about the two of you and your experiences together. Hugs! Ellen

  9. Koanna & Daniel

    Dearest Irene,

    No word can express how we are feeling now. Please know that you and your family are always in our prayers. Uncle Gus was very special to us, and we hope he is in a better place right now.

    With love and hugs, Koanna & Daniel

  10. Mike Stanock

    May Gus run the river one last time.

  11. Conny & Han

    Dear Gus, also our warmest condolances to Irene and the whole family. We have good memories from his visit to Holland. Please do not forget your family here in Holland.
    Rest in peace.

  12. Garry Holland

    Dear Irene;
    You have lost such a dear partner.
    Gus was so supportive, and we’re sure
    loved you very much.
    Keep well
    Garry & Sharon Holland


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