Arvid Bertil (Bert) Lundeberg

Arvid Bertil (Bert) Lundeberg

April 1, 1919 – February 6, 2014

Bert Lundeberg passed away in Trail after a short illness at the age of 94. Bert was born in Viking, Alberta; an area that had been settled almost exclusively by Scandinavian immigrants. Bert was the second eldest of four children, with an older sister Inez and two younger brothers, Ivor and Elmer. Bert’s earliest memories were of a world of horse drawn ploughs and wagons and kerosene lanterns. The Great Depression hit his family hard and they ended up leaving their farm and moving to British Columbia when Bert was twelve.

His family settled in Avola on the North Thompson River. Bert went as far in school as was available in Avola and then worked in a variety of bush jobs as well as trapping for a season. In 1938 Bert came to Salmo where his sister was living and worked in the Queens and Reno gold mines in Sheep Creek. Shortly after the war broke out Bert volunteered for service and ended up in active duty in both the Pacific and European theatres. Bert was in the artillery and served with the joint U.S. and Canadian force that retook the Aleutian Islands from the Japanese. He then was stationed to England and took part in the campaign that liberated Holland. Shortly after the end of the war, Bert was on leave in Glasgow when he met Theresa (Terry) McEwan, the woman who would be his wife for over 60 years. He always said that when he first locked eyes with Terry he felt a shock go down his spine and knew that this was the one.

After the war Bert and Terry spent a short time in Vancouver before moving to Salmo. They spent 26 years in Salmo raising two children and making many friends. Bert worked as a miner and then a shift boss at the Canadian Exploration mine. When the mine closed down in the early 70’s, they moved first to Victoria and then to North Vancouver. Bert worked at the mine in Jordan River before taking a position on a power project in the Northwest Territories. Later he worked for BC Hydro on the Revelstoke Dam. After retirement, Bert and Terry lived mostly in North Vancouver until moving to Trail to be closer to family.

Bert was predeceased by his wife Terry, his sister Inez and his brother Elmer. He is survived by his daughter Karin (Ken) Uzeloc of Trail, son Wayne (Robin Higgins) Lundeberg of Nelson, his brother Ivor (Pauline) Lundeberg of Kamloops, his grandsons Ken (Deneen) Uzeloc of Calgary, Kevin (Andra) Uzeloc of Trail, Faelan Lundeberg of Victoria, his granddaughter Freya Lundeberg of Nelson and his great-grandchildren Kate, Isabella, Allysa, Landon and Grey.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hii and especially the staff at Poplar Ridge for all their care and friendship.

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