Einar O. Field
May 2nd, 1935 – October 16th, 2013
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Einar O. Field. He died with his loving wife Grethe by his side, in the North Okanagan Hospice, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Einar will be lovingly remembered by his wife Grethe, to whom he was married for 52 years; one daughter, Mariann (David) Hill of Langley, B.C.; one son, Dag Erik Fjeld of Sweden; four grandchildren, Christian and Caroline Fjeld, and Liam and Erik Hill; one brother, Arve (Astrid) Fjeld; one sister, Ingrid (Leif) Nyvoll; and many other relatives in Norway. He was predeceased by his parents, Oscar and Anna Fjeld and one sister, Ruth Fjeld.
Einar was born in Raufoss, Norway and immigrated to Canada in 1957. He started working for BC Hydro (then known as the BC Power Commission) and over a career span of 35 years, rose through the ranks to finally retire as Vice President, Customer Service. His career took him all over the province and included the communities of Fort St. John, Prince George, Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek, Quesnel, Vernon, Terrace and Vancouver. He was known as an innovative and visionary leader and was responsible for a variety of new initiatives during his career before his retirement in 1992.
Away from his work, Einar was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hiking, hunting, canoeing, mountain climbing and cross-country skiing. He was passionate about these interests and was always planning his next big adventure. After his retirement, he focused primarily on his cross-country skiing and was in races all over B.C. as well as Norway and Sweden. He was also community minded and was involved in the Chamber of Commerce throughout his years at BC Hydro. During the 27 years he spent in Vernon, he was also an integral part of the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club.
After retirement Einar and Grethe divided their time between Norway and Canada and said they had the best of both worlds. They enjoyed spending time with their relatives in Norway, but then loved coming back to the milder winters and wonderful friends they have in Canada. Living in two countries also allowed them time to spend with both sets of grandchildren. Einar will be greatly missed. Think of him as you whistle down your next ski trail, or go for a quiet walk in the woods!
Cremation preceded the Funeral Service that will be held at Peace Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Richard D. Schulz officiating.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Einar to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4 or the Peace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1204-30th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1Z5.
Funeral arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5