Sept. 23, 1927 ~ Sept. 25, 2010
It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our Father and Grandfather, at the age of 83. Born in Minnesund, Norway, September 23, 1927, Howard died, unexpectedly but peacefully, with family by his side, at the Royal Jubilee in Victoria, BC, on September 25, 2010.
With an eye for adventure, Howard left Norway for Canada at the age of 24. After a quick trip from the East Coast, Howard found work in Kemano, BC, driving trucks and machinery for the massive Hydro-Electric project occurring at the time.
Two years later, while on a trip to Vancouver, he was introduced to the love of his life, Patricia. They married in 1957, and were happily married for 51 years (until Patricia’s untimely death in 2008), making a wonderful life for themselves and their four children.
From 1957 until 1964, they lived and worked in the Lower Mainland, where Howard worked for Shell Oil, and later, Trimble (Trimac), driving tanker trucks. Between 1959 and 1963, they were blessed with the births of their three daughters. In 1964, while expecting a fourth baby, a son, Howard and Patricia moved to Norway, where they would live until returning to Canada in 1973.
In Nanaimo, the family continued the adventure: Dad worked at Don Rawlins’ GM Dealership, making good friends. He worked for GM in Yellowknife before he retired. The Northern Life was embraced by Mom and Dad, giving them some of their greatest memories. Howard truly had a rich, interesting life, which included extensive travel, a love for sports, reading every genre of books, playing cards, wine-making, taking trips with Mom to Reno, as well as keeping ties with family in Canada and Norway, or simply having a good laugh! His biggest love was his family: He couldn’t do enough for or say enough about Patricia, whom he simply adored, or his children and grandchildren. We are so lucky to have had this loving man in our lives.
Howard was predeceased by his wife Patricia; parents Helge and Gunvor; his brother, Arve and his sister, Berit. He will be missed by his Norwegian family. Takk for sist. He is survived by daughters: Linda (Barry) French, Ann Myhrer, Aila (Steve) Mjaaland, and son, Gunnar (Lisa) Myhrer as well as by the grandchildren: Nicole, Tanya, Derek, Lindsay, Kelsey, Samantha and Dylan.
A special thanks to Dr. Nick Schulson for “being there” for our dad.
Howard’s life was a “life well-spent”, and he always said that, “If I die tomorrow, I have had a wonderful life…” We will sorely miss Dad’s smile, kindness and friendship. Aa saa svinger vi pa seileren igjen, hei skaal!
An Open House will be held at 6315 Ruxton Road, The Terraces, on October 8th from 3-6 pm.