North End BIZ Loses 2 Business Founders

April 2017 was a sad month for the North End BIZ community.  We lost two of our founding business members, Joe Sawtus who started Canadian Motorcycle and Ed Lichti who started Cosmopolitan Florists.  These men were North End fixtures.  Their unique commitment to the area continued well after retirement age, with both these gentlemen working at their businesses until their 80’s.  In true North End fashion, they were both neighbours and friends, for almost 50 years.


JOSEPH SAWTUS. With deep sadness, we announce that our uncle, and friend of many, Joe Sawtus, passed away suddenly but peacefully on April 21, 2017 at the age of 83. Joe is survived by his nieces: Judy Mathieson and her family in Winnipeg, June Atwood and her family in Campbell River, BC; Connie Clements and Terry Boekenkruger and her family in Ladysmith, BC. Joe’s passion was motorsports. Owner of the iconic Canadian Motorcycle Sales at 981 Main Street, Joe was a legend to many. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life is being planned. Details will be provided in a longer obituary to follow on May 27. Cropo Funeral Chapel, 204-586-8044.





HARTMUTH (ED) LICHTI Ed passed away, as he wished, at his home on April 30, 2017 with his beloved cat Maya, at his side. Ed was the Founder of Cosmopolitan Florists, 994 Main Street. Respecting Dad’s wishes cremation has taken place. We welcome family and friends to join us at the memorial service and reception which will be held at Korban Funeral Chapel in the coming weeks. Longer obituary to follow. KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-956-2193

May 2, 2017