Earl Thorkelson, died March 24th in Penticton at age 94.
Born in North Dakota, he came to Saskatchewan as a young boy and later, to Alberta, where he grew up.
Earl enlisted and served in the Canadian Navy from 1939-1945 (WWII).
As a union Pipefitter and supervisor for over 30 years, working industrial construction projects from British Columbia to Ontario, he often had to be away from his family to provide for them. He was first a member of UA Local 488 Edmonton and then of UA Local 170 Vancouver.
Earl had a great love for fishing. It was the rivers and lakes on the Prairies and the ocean in B.C. He developed and operated the Costa Lotta, a family-oriented recreational / fishing resort and mobile home park near Qualicum Beach in the 1970s.
Retiring in 1980, Earl and his wife lived in Nanaimo for 15 years. They moved to Osoyoos in 1995 and Penticton in 2013.
Survived by his devoted wife, Muriel Alberta, daughter Renee, sons Alan and Scott, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren and other family.
Per Earl’s wishes (he often said, spend the money on the living, not the dead), there will be no public service. A private gathering of family and close friends will be held.
Earl’s ashes will be scattered upon the waters of the Georgia Strait, where he enjoyed salmon fishing.
Donations in Earl’s name to the charity of your choice.