Erik OSTERBY

Erik truly loved life and didn’t want to go, but his body gave out on March 11, 2007.

He had a full and interesting time on earth and every day he found the beauty and wonder around him. Erik was born in Denmark and immigrated to Canada in 1956. He married his lifelong sweetheart (Lovey) in 1957. During his time in the city Erik was a volunteer firefighter, ambulance driver, industrial first aid team captain and Boy Scout leader. In 1971 Erik and Lis decided to become farmers and moved the family to Abbotsford where he remained at BC Tel, but also went on to be a successful raspberry farmer. Erik retired early and was fortunate to be able to travel extensively.

His appetite for life had Erik learning to play piano at 35 and the “saw” a few years later. He was an avid photographer, gardener and an oil painter. He also loved to spend time in the great outdoors sailing, kayaking, crabbing or walking. He continued to volunteer and contribute later in life by being strata council president, sitting on the advisory council for The Correction Service of Canada and the cutting of water lilies on Mill Lake. His greatest joy was his family and friends. Erik would lend an ear, a hand or both.

Erik was predeceased by his ­sister and, recently, his twin brother. He is survived by the love of his life (a month shy of 50 years) Lis, his children AnnaLisa (Brad), Nils (Sheryl-Lynne), Karin (Ron); his five grandsons: Matts, Samuel, Jered, Arie and Alex and granddaughter Katie.

Erik requested no funeral, no memorial and no flowers. In lieu of flowers, Erik suggested a donation to the charity of your choice. Having exceeded his boyhood dreams he preferred to have a celebration of his life on March 31 from 2:00 – 5:00 at his home.

Thanks Dad for your commitment, kindness, wisdom and wit. We will miss you.