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THORSTEINSSON, Eirikur Thorvaldur

December 18, 1945 – Wadena, Saskatchewan
February 15, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Erik, beloved husband of Mary Thorsteinsson (nee Hochman) of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the age of 69 years.

Erik was caring, accomplished and a real gentleman. He had a real zest for life and radiated happiness. He graduated from Laurentian High School in Ottawa 1964, and went on to achieve a B.Sc. from University of Alberta 1968, before completing his M.Sc. from University of Iowa 1972, and his University of Calgary Education degree in 1974. Over the years he was involved in Geological field work summer jobs in the Arctic with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), taught junior high school Earth Sciences in Iowa, worked as an Exploration Geologist for Panarctic Oils, Petro Canada, and Norcen Energy, where he supervised an exploration team under the management of Dale Dolphin. After leaving Norcen, Erik contracted as a geologist with BP Canada, Husky Energy, and Rife Resources. He was a member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), as well as of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Erik satisfied his love of cars by selling them at Hyatt Infiniti. He was an avid Golfer, and especially enjoyed fun foursomes with Nick, Jenni, and Mary, tennis at World Health Edgemont Club in the men’s doubles league, and watching Atlanta Braves baseball and Detroit Red Wings hockey. He owned Mercedes Benz diesels and enjoyed collecting Elvis Presley records as well as other 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll artists.

Erik is survived by his spouse of thirty-five years, Mary; his younger sister Anna Dagnall of Calgary; Aunts Thelma Lissel and Thora Moir of Calgary; numerous beloved cousins in AB, SK and MB; and many other extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Dr. Raymond and Jean Thorsteinsson of Calgary; his loving grandparents, Peter and Elizabeth Thorsteinsson of Wynyard, SK. and Kris and Anna Kristjanson of Foam Lake, SK; and many of his beloved aunts and uncles.
Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY(Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Parkinson Alberta, #102, 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 243-9901, www.parkinsonalberta.ca. The family greatly appreciates the compassionate care of Erik by the wonderful staff of Signal Pointe Carewest, especially House 4. A special thanks to Erik’s personal caregivers, Joseph Cenor, Sam Parkes, and Leony Noche.

In living memory of Erik Thorsteinsson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Dave & Marg Chalcroft :

    Our sincerest condolences Mary and Family. I always enjoyed running in to Eric when he was out on one of his neighbourhood walks over the years. He was a proud member of APEGA and often chatted to me about it. We’ll miss him.
    Dave and Marg Chalcroft

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  2. When someone you love dies…you never quite get over it.
    You just slowly get through each day.
    But you always keep them tucked safely
    in your heart.

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  3. Mary~
    I am very sorry for your loss,
    Tina xo

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  4. Paulette Fornataro :

    Mary,
    So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of the time Erik spent with us at YADS
    Paulette

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  5. Samantha, Inge and I send our heartfelt condolences to you with Eric’s passing. I have very fond memories of Eric. He is in a good place now, free from the sufferings of this life. God bless you and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Greg, Inge and Samantha
    Saskatoon

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  6. Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Erik.
    We were geology students with Panarctic in 1969 in the Canadian Arctic Islands and Erik helped me a lot in showing me the ropes. Regrettably, I will be out of the country next week and will be unable to attend the service.
    Sincerely,
    Roy Smith

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  7. Ellie and Keith Hall :

    Dear Mary and family–We were so saddened by the passing of Erik and sorry we will be off in California and not able to attend the celebration of his remarkable life. He will be missed and we are so glad that we were able to know him and call him our friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  8. Dear Mary,

    Just wanted to offer my condolences. Erik was a very fine person.

    Bob Mann (old Edgemont Club)

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  9. Mary,

    We are so sad to hear of Erik’s passing. Eric is fondly remembering their Norcen and Husky days and the companionship they shared. Unfortunately, we are currently out of the country and cannot attend the service on Wednesday.
    Erik was a kind, gentle and considerate man and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    -Eric and Mary Jane

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  10. Lindsay Miller :

    I will always remember the fun times we had on the golf course with Erik’s wonderful sense of humor. I still smile every time I think of him when one of the three of us would have a good drive off the tee box and he’d say “What a shot!”

    You’re in my thoughts Mary.
    Much love,
    Lindsay

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  11. I aam deeply saddened by the news of Eric passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Working with him at Norcen was always a pleasure, as his love of exploration was inspiration to all.

    Ed Stacey

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  12. Randy & Sandy Marshall :

    Mary,

    We were so saddened to learn of Eric’s passing. He was a very kind, gentle, sweet soul. Always friendly and had a kind word to say to everyone he met. We will miss seeing him around in the neighbourhood as we have missed him since he went into the care facility.

    We pray that God will ease your pain and give you a peace beyond all understanding knowing that Eric is free from the chains of this world.

    Our heartfelt sympathies are with you and the family.

    Warmest Regards,

    Randy &Sandy

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  13. Dennis and Ruth Schmidt :

    Mary we are sorry for your loss. Eric, Ruth and I have many long talks about vehicles golf and many things, especially the motor home and the diesel engine and where were were going next. We have missed these chats and seeing him around the unit. I can remember being on a few cat round ups as well.
    We know that he was not well the last few years of his life and his suffering is now over.

    Dennis and Ruth Schmidt

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  14. Uma & Kesari reddy :

    Our heartfelt condolences to the family members although we never got to know you all.

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  15. Lee-Ann & Brent Winder :

    Mary,
    Brent and I were so saddened to hear about your loss of Erik. We will always remember him as a gentleman, and a thoughtful husband. We know how deeply you loved him and can only imagine your pain.

    please know you are in our thoughts,
    -Lee-Ann and Brent Winder

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  16. Jack and Wilma Maloney :

    Dear Mary
    We were so sorry to hear of Erik’s passing. He was such a friendly guy and we remember him from the early days in our little complex. The barbeques in the parking lot, chatting about new cars and everything in general. We hope that happy memories of times past will help you through this sad time.
    Thinking of you
    Jack and Wilma

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  17. Ken & Colleen Godard :

    Dear Mary
    We are sorry to hear of Eric passing away. May the support of family & friends bring comfort. May God carry you through this difficult time.
    With our thoughts & prayers,
    Ken & Colleen

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  18. Teresa & Ed Ramos :

    Mary,
    So sorry for your loss and our heartfelt condolences.
    We will miss Eric, as part of the group at YADS and Parkinson’s Society.

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  19. Mary,
    Thinking of you during this difficult time, please take care.
    Lori

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  20. Mary
    My condolences to you. I am sorry to hear of Erik’s passing.
    Larry

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  21. Mary and Anna

    So sorry to hear about Erik’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you both
    Bea

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  22. Dale Dolphin :

    Dear Mary
    I am very sorry for your loss. Erik was a loyal friend and a dedicated explorationist. Words cannot express how proud I am that you included my name in his obituary. During my working years with Erik he always approached life full speed ahead with great joy and enthusiasm. He was an inspiration to all of us.
    Sincerely Dale Dolphin

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  23. Lyle and Linda Dagnall :

    Dear Mary and Anna
    We were sorry to hear of Eric’s death. We have been thinking of you and wish you well now that Eric is at peace.
    Lyle and Linda

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  24. Ken and Sharon Tompson :

    Sending our sympathy to Mary and family,
    We are saddened to learn of Erik’s passing. Ken enjoyed working with Erik at Norcen many years ago. We remember spending a lovely evening with him and Mary at their apartment in Varsity. In later years, Sharon and Erik happened to meet a few times in the produce section of the Dalhousie Coop and were able to exchange news. We enjoyed reading about his life and interests. Take care.

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