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Bernie Lauser

Bernhard (Bernie) Lauser was born on February 21, 1958 in Karlsruhe, Germany and died on June 5, 2023 in Vancouver, B.C. Canada after a very sudden decline in health. He was the beloved husband of Esther Ukai, father of Marcus, Jennifer (Desmond and Alexander D'Souza), Sabrina (Kurt and Harvey Stuart), step-father to Crystal Whittaker (Mike, Hank and Gino Mattiello) and brother of Wolfram (Lillian) in Hainfeld, Germany. Bernie was predeceased by his parents, Sigfried and Marianne, and younger brother, Reinhard.

To say he loved travel and exploration would be an understatement. As a young boy, he obtained old copies of the Official Airline Guide, and ask his younger brothers to name exotic destinations where he would plan the flight schedules. He travelled to all five continents over the course of his life. He especially loved spending time at our apartment in Berlin, Germany.

Bernie started his work life in the banking industry but quickly left it to become a businessman with ideas far ahead of his time. His strong analytical skills thrived on new and innovative ideas in traditional settings. He applied his unique concepts to large scale grocery deliveries, in-home water purification systems, third-party logistics, then finally an antiquarian book and manuscript business, Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts, which specialized in exploration and discovery and which married his most loved interests. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, member of the PBFA, ILAB and ABAC. His love of books also led him to serve as Chairman of the West Vancouver Public Library board of trustees.

London, England was his third home, after West Vancouver and Berlin, and he loved the camaraderie of his friends in the antiquarian trade, enjoying fine food, wine and cigars late into the night.

His early departure has left a giant hole in our hearts and he is missed terribly. A private celebration of life will be held in the future.

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