HOY, Helge 1915-2008
Our family is saddened to announce that Helge Hoy passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2008. Helge was born in Langesund, Norway on November 23, 1915. His childhood was spent in both southern Norway and Argentina. He trained as an electrician and spent the war years as a “spark” in the Norwegian Merchant Marine. In 1940, during the Battle of the Atlantic, his ship was torpedoed and sank. He survived and continued sailing throughout the war. Helge met and married Elinor in North Vancouver and at the end of the war, they moved to Norway, living for seven years on the family islands south of Kristiansand. In 1953, they emigrated to Canada, first to Blubber Bay on Texada Island and later to Chemainus where they built their family home, which still remains the center for all family gatherings. His passions were his family, “where there is heart room there is house room”, his many practical inventions, and his boat, “Viking”, hand-built by him in Norway and brought to Canada on the deck of a freighter.
While Helge chose and loved Canada, he also cherished his ties to Norway which enriched all our lives. He is survived by Elinor, his wife of 65 years, his children, Michael (Andrea), Trygve (Lorraine) and Lesli Elise (Rolf), grandchildren (Jeremy, Christopher, Jeff, Tara, Eivin and Christian) great-grandchildren (Kai, Lauren, Jordan and Rowan) his younger brother Inge in Norway and the extended families in both Norway and Canada.
A memorial service will be held at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Chemainus at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 8th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helge’s name to the church St. Michael and All Angels Church , SPCA, Salvation Army or to a charity of choice.