Gert Lars Gösta WALLENIUS

WALLENIUS – Gert Lars Gösta

June 17th, 1929 – August 23rd, 2008

Lars passed away very peacefully Saturday August 23rd at Finlay Pavilion of Peach Arch Hospital. Survived by wife Elizabeth, sons Rowland (Moira) and Per, brother Anders (Shirley) and much adored granddaughter Lucy. Predeceased by his younger brother Sven.

Dad was born in Göteborg, Sweden in 1929 to a large extended family. In 1946 he began a 20 year adventure at sea, finally going ashore in Port Alberni, hometown of his wife Betty, in 1965. They married in 1969 and settled in Crescent Beach to raise their 2 boys.

Dad was a cook by trade both at sea and ashore. His famous pickled herring was always generously distributed at Christmas. He worked hard and never hesitated to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Family was always first priority, a trait he instilled in his boys. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in his early 50’s yet continued to enjoy his life and hope for the best every day.

He touched many with his tremendous strength, tenderness and charm. He will be dearly missed, although all are grateful for an end to a long struggle with MS.

A celebration of life will be held Friday August 29, 2008. Donations can be made in his memory to the MS Society.