Johansen, Per Harms

September 6, 1928 – October 7, 2013

The city of Nanaimo has lost one of its longstanding esthetic architects. Per Johansen, the Owner/Operator of Johansen’s Landscaping found peace on October 7th after a full and rewarding life.

For over 50 years, Per used his signature style to create picturesque landscapes in many of Nanaimo’s parks, schools, boulevards, businesses and real estate developments. Per met and worked alongside many people in town, but few knew him beyond his work. Professionally, he was known for his fierce commitment to his vision, his unrelenting determination to use his skills and knowledge to the fullest, and to always exceed expectations. Per remained passionate about his career and continued to work well into his eighties. Those who really knew Per enjoyed his mischievous nature, his celebration of friends and family, and his generosity. Per was always happy to enjoy good food, good company and a few drinks. Friends of Per knew they were always welcome, anytime.

Per was devastated by the loss of his only daughter, Lone, in 2010, followed shortly thereafter by the loss of his beloved wife of more than 60 years, Lise. Such heartbreak took an extreme toll on Per’s health, and finally forced him to slow his pace.

Per Johansen’s talent, passion, and dedication to both the science and art of horticulture has been a huge influence on Nanaimo’s landscape. He will be missed.

His family extends their deepest gratitude to: all the Astoria staff at the Origin at Longwood, the health care team at the Sow’s Ear Clinic in Lantzville, Motion Prosthetics, and to the NRGH Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Unit. No service by request.

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