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Runar Olausson

May 14, 1938 - March 14, 2021


It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my beloved husband, Runar on March 14, 2021 at the age of 82.   

Runar was predeceased by his father, Gustav in 1973 and his mother, Elin in 1981 and numerous aunts and uncles in Sweden.  Runar is survived by his wife, Marie of 45 years.  He is also survived by his brother, Folke (Elsy), sister Elsa (Bengt), 2 nephews Lars (Nicole), Martin   (Camilla), 2 nieces Helena, and Maria (David) and 5 great nieces,  2 great nephews and cousins.

Runar was born on the Island of Tjorn-Sweden.  He came to Canada in the fall of 1967 to work at the Pulp Mill in Prince Rupert.  He stayed here for 18 months, then decided to go back home to Sweden.  He returned and gave Canada one more chance.  As an electrician, Runar worked at the Mill in Port Hawesbury, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  He started this job on January 1971 where later that year, he met his soon-to-be wife, Marie on a blind date on November 30, 1971.   Runar did not waste time in asking me to go out the next night to a lounge for a drink and that is where our relationship began.  The icing on the cake was a few months later when he invited me to go to Sweden to meet his family.  We continued dating until we married on May 15, 1976.  Runar and I moved to British Columbia in August of 1976 where he started work at the Crofton Mill on August 9th, 1976.  Retirement was August 1999.  A wonderful retirement celebration was hosted at our dear friends, Molly and Ian’s house. 

Runar loved cars and his first new car was a 1969 Cougar which he purchased in Vancouver, drove to California, and then all the way to New York, at which point, he had his car shipped to Sweden.  Runar really loved the big cars and enjoyed all of his three cadillacs.  We toured in the Western States, British Columbia and Alberta.  Our dream vacation was always to go to Nashville, Memphis and Branson and finally for our 25th Anniversary in May 2001, our dream came true.  Our other memorable vacations together took us to places like Disneyland, Hawaii, Florida and Sweden.

Runar loved food and our friends always welcomed us; he so enjoyed the ribs, meatballs, burgers and pasta dishes.  He never forgot to thank hostesses for the lovely meal and was always the first to do so.  He always thanked me for every meal I prepared since we were married.  He was such a very caring and giving person and was ready to lend a helping hand whenever needed. 

A very special thank-you to all our very supportive loving friends over the years and all the fun and happy gatherings we shared.  We will remember Runar for so graciously pouring coffee, help serve the dessert and goodies which he was so fond of.

Special thanks to Dr. Young Sohn who was so supportive and kind during these past few years, also all the Palliative Care nurses who came to visit Runar at home and the nurses at the Palliative Care facility in Duncan.  Thank-you to Pastor Paul Roggow of Trinity Lutheran Church for his prayers, support and inspiration and especially for the beautiful comforting hymn he sang in Swedish, “Children of the Heavenly Father”.

A  Celebration of Life will be held when safe to do so.

Runar touched so many lives and he will be lovingly missed by his wife, Marie.

Donations can be made in Runar’s memory to Cowichan Hospice  https://cowichanhospice.org/get-involved/make-a-donation/ or any charity of your choice.


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From: Murielle and Brian MacNeil
Relation: Friends

We were so honoured to be chosen to witness Runar and Marie’s wedding on that beautiful spring day on May 15, 1976. We have very fond memories of that day as well as times spent with Runar and Marie at their home in Port Hawkesbury, when they visited us in Dartmouth, NS and on our visits to B.C. We were so pleased to have been in Duncan the month they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Runar always went out of his way to make our visits memorable, showing us the scenic areas of Vancouver island. Although he was not fond of heights, he took Marie and I up Grouse Mountain for a lovely Sunday brunch. Runar was a wonderful husband to Marie and friend to all who knew him. Forever in our hearts.

From: Lee Roach
Relation: Friend

Sorry to hear of Runar passing, Will miss our visits at the pool reminiscing about our time in Prince Rupert, We will miss him.

From: Sheila Wethered
Relation: co worker

Dear Marie so sorry to hear of Runar’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Even though Runar had not been well for a long time it is always a shock when it actually happens. Take care

From: Shelagh Glanville
Relation: Friendship

I was very sorry to see that Runar had passed away. Please accept my sincere condolences. I remember having so much fun at the Royal Bank Christmas parties with Runar. A sincere and gracious gentleman. My heart goes out to you Marie.

From: Audrey and Larry Kier
Relation: Acquainted thru friendship with a family connection

Dear Marie, we are so sorry to hear of Runar’s passing. He was always so pleasant and happy..

Deepest condolences,
Audrey and Larry Kier

From: Moni & Keith Dickens.

Marie, We are so sorry to read of Runar’s passing, our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Treasure your precious memories.

From: Kyle Burchell
Relation: He’s my uncle

Very sorry to hear of Runar passing. He was a very kind and polite sole with a charming and gentle voice. Aunt Marie, big hugs, and so very sorry for your lose. Love kyle & Suzin.

From: Bill & Kare Delaney
Relation: Brother-in-Law

We were so devasted to learn of Runars passing…He was a very special man…a true gentleman…He thought the world of Marie…God Bless you Marie and give you the strength to get through this…I only wish we could be with you…

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