May 2, 1926 – December 13, 2012
Knud was born in Haarslev, Odense, Denmark. He emigrated to Canada in 1955 and started his life here in Winnipeg.
Although he was unable to speak English, Knud managed to secure work two days after he arrived in Winnipeg. Working his way from Manitoba to British Columbia, he eventually landed at Kittimat, BC, working for the Alcan Aluminum Plant. During his working years in Canada, Knud served 11 years in the Canadian Army, serving out of CFB Calgary. Three of those years were served in Germany. After leaving the army, Knud worked for LAPP, a hospital group in Calgary, for many years, until his retirement. When asked why he only had one name, he replied, my parents couldn’t afford another one!
Knud retired to Nanaimo with his first wife, Kirsten, who later passed away. Knud then met and married his second wife, Joan. They were married for 10 years and had known each other for 12 years. Knud had no children.
Knud had a form of leukemia for many years. Toward the end of his life, he developed congestive heart failure. Thanks to the loving care of his wife Joan, Knud was able to die peacefully at home, which was his wish.
There will be a Memorial Gathering for Knud on January 7, 2013 at Sands Funeral Home, 1 Newcastle Ave at 1p.m. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome. If stairs are a problem, there is level entry at the rear of the building.