On December 26th, 2008 Egon Henry Pederson, the Scandanavian of Canim Lake, has lost his courageous battle with cancer. Either friend or foe, you knew where you stood with Egon! His adventure began in the summer of ‘55 when he and three friends boarded a boat in Denmark, his homeland, to a new life in Canada. With a dream in his heart and ambition in his pocket, he began a career as a mason in North Vancouver for Cala Brothers for 15 years. During this time, Egon met the first love of his life, Dorothy Hackman, who completed him and they soon started their family. They had two girls, Connie (Neuber) and Frances (Strocher) and their family was happy and fulfilled living in the heart of North Vancouver. The city grew to be too busy for him and in 1976, they would embark on yet another journey, together this time, to a town in the Cariboo called 100 Mile House. It was there in a little community called Canim Lake that he would raise his family and make a name for himself as the towns’ first cement contractor. “No job is too small” was his motto and he made many a friend. Canim Lake was good to him and they just loved it there, a place where they would always call home and come home to. Sadly, in 1995 Dot, his wife of 32 years, suddenly and shockingly passed away. Egon changed his career when he was 58, not so easy for a man at his age and stature, but he always embraced the unexpected and bought Action Drilling and endeavored in that until even his last days. Five years ago, Egon found love again with Linda Handlen, and just this last August, they married. She lovingly devoted herself to him in his seemingly endless battle with cancer. We will truly miss his personality and his ever sarcastic witty comments. Egon will be missed by his wife Linda, his two loving daughters Connie and Frances, his son-in-laws David and Dale, his beautiful grandchildren Jessica, Jacob, Curtis, Chloe and Lauren, his siblings whom still reside in Denmark, sister Anna and brother Leo and his army of friends. In Danish, “Farvel” means good-bye, so let us bid a Farvel to Egon as his memory will always be in our hearts and our minds.

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