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Peter Elmer 'Ivan' Walgren

Peter Elmer “Ivan” Walgren

January 31, 1928 – November 18, 2012


Ivan passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Nelson Jubilee Manor at the age of 84 years.

He is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 62 years, his sons Ivan James and Carl Richard (Kate), three grandsons and five great grandchildren. Ivan is also survived by his only brother and good friend Fred (Beryl).

Ivan lived his entire life in the Nelson/Balfour area where he married, raised his family, and entered retirement. He loved life and greatly and enjoyed having his sons, grandsons and their families around him, spending many hours camping, fishing, RVing and sharing fun times with them. He especially enjoyed sharing some exciting trips to far away lands with the younger ones.

After retirement he and his wife moved to their “happy place” Balfour, where he spent his last years with his wife, enjoying the wonderful life the community offered.

Ivan will be best remembered by everyone he knew for his love of people, and his passion for music – which was a huge part of his life. He was a drumming member of the Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band for all of his adult life and proudly watched as his two piper sons also became playing members. He was quite a dancer and could manage many folk dances as well as country and modern styles. Scottish music was a favorite choice for this Swedish Chap, but he loved all of it, as long as it had “a beat”.

Ivan’s family wishes to extend to the staff of Jubilee their heartfelt thanks for the exceptional care he received over the last few months and who were with him to the end. He became very fond of you all. Your caring and compassion were above and beyond what we could have imagined.

Also, the family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Broader Horizons who entertained, cared for, and kept music coming during the time he was able to attend. He just loved his “day care” days.

Ivan, you will be sorely missed by your family and all those who knew you. Next time we hear one of those amazing Balfour summer storms, we will know you are, indeed, still dancing up a storm.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Interment will take place at a later date.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made on Ivan’s behalf to Nelson Jubilee Manor, Broader Horizons, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

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