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Harry Sjoberg

September 26, 1926 - November 4, 2013

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After a long debilitating illness, bravely born, Harry slipped away quietly in the small hours of the morning of November 04

Harry was born in Victoria where he grew up and graduated from Mt. View High School.  Following this, at 18 years of age, he was accepted as an apprentice Electrical Operator with the then B.C. Electric and posted to the power plant at Jordan River.  Upon the completion of his five year training he was posted as a journeyman operator and served in many of the then power plants on southern Vancouver Island.  His last Victoria posting was at the E.N. Horsey sub station in Victoria.  It was from there that he was transferred to Bear Point Georgia Generating Station(near Chemainus) in 1964 to open it up for needed power supply.  From there he was posted to Jingle Pot sub station in Nanaimo and then to VIT (Vancouver Island Terminal) where he became Chief Power Dispatcher, V. I..  He retired from what is now B.C. Hydro in 1989 with 44 years service, out of which he was very proud to say that he had only taken 3 days sick leave. 

Harry and Family arrived in Duncan and settled themselves in in 1965 with a genuine desire to commit themselves to contributing and becoming involved in any way they could that would be of help in the community.  Harry's sense of community was very strong and he was always so proud to say that home was the Cowichan Valley.  He became very involved in community activities: Little League umpire for 18 years, Director of the Duncan and District Basketball Association for 17 years, spearheaded the building of the first Adventure Playground at Duncan Elem. with Peter Elliott, being the consummate Soccer Dad under the enthusiastic direction of Eric Monk, helping to build the “old” soccer clubhouse, Asst. scouter for 2nd Duncan, 9 years, Duncan Crimestoppers for 5 years, Cowichan Music Festival general fac totem, B.C. Heart & Stroke Foundation, 30 years.  He was extremely proud of and grateful for the honours he was awarded:  – Olympic gold medal for basketball, City of Duncan Sports Award and the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation “Heart of Gold” award.

Harry is survived by his wife, Leslie, his beloved children, Stephen(Bonnie), Claudia and Neil (Vicki) and beloved grandchildren, Wyatt, Matilda, Veronica and Lucy..

Our most grateful thanks and appreciation to Dr. R.V. Weir for his on-going outstanding care and compassion for Harry, the kind, caring and thoughtful staffs of the Duncan Dialysis Unit, the C.D.H. Emergency and the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Emergency and 4 N and 4 S wings.

A Celebration of Life will be held November 18 at 2:00 p.m. at H. W. Wallace Burial Centre

In remembrance of Harry, donations to the Cowichan Valley Food Basket would be most appreciated.

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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Kathy Rota
Relation: Good friend & workmate of my dad

Leslie, Steven, Claudia, Neil, and families. So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband & dad. I know he had a hard time with his illness but he was so outgoing & loving & wonderful! Sorry we didn’t see him before he was gone. Prayers & thoughts are with you all. Juanita Stewart, Kathy Stewart Rota, & Bruce Stewart

From: Carol-Ann Rolls
Relation: community volunteer groups

My condolences are extended to Leslie and family. Such a loss for the community and the many organizations in which Harry volunteered his time. Heaven has another dedicated volunteer and knowing Harry, he’ll keep on working there too.

From: Sherry (Mawbey) MacKenzie
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and dad. He was truly a wonderful person. I always enjoyed to see his smiling face as he walked past always taking the time to say hi. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

From: Jacques and Lynda
Relation: Longtime friends

Leslie, Jacques will miss his shopping buddy. Unfortunately, the two of them ALWAYS knew the best bargains and acted upon that information!!It’s been such a long struggle with so many ups and downs. We’re thinking about you and the Family with concern and love. The Honeys

From: Margaret St.Cyr
Relation: know his wife

Dear Leslie and Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We remember Harry as a strong supporter of basketball in the valley. Our son, Curtis, was involved in basketball for 11 years and loved it.
Marg St.Cyr

From: Margaret Durrance (Cassidy)
Relation: from basketball & our sons (Neil & Kerry)

Dear Leslie & family…Harry was truly an icon in the Valley & his presence will be sorely missed….but what an incredible life he had. Chin up!
Love Marg & the Cassidy clan.

From: Jo Bodard
Relation: Crimestoppers Board

Leslie and Family; Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Harry was such a consummate volunteer and always so up it is hard for me to believe he has gone. Until I saw his obituary I did nto know we shared a birthdate. I will always think of Harry with great affection and a coin collection box in his hand. May knowing others share your loss make this time easier to bear.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
November 18, 2013
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
HW Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre
5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L 6W3

5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L 6W3

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