Harry McGregor SJOBERG

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SJOBERG, Harry McGregor September 26, 1926 - November 4, 2013 . After a long debilitating illness, bravely born, Harry slipped away quietly in the small hours of the morning of November 4, 2013. Harry was born in Victoria where he grew up and graduated from Mt. View High School. Following this, at 18 years of age, he was accepted as an apprentice Electrical Operator with the then B.C. Electric and posted to the power plant at Jordan River. Upon the completion of his five year training he was posted as a journeyman operator and served in many of the then power plants on southern Vancouver Island. His last Victoria posting was at the E.N. Horsey sub station in Victoria. It was from there that he was transferred to Bear Point Georgia Generating Station(near Chemainus) in 1964 to open it up for needed power supply. From there he was posted to Jingle Pot sub station in Nanaimo and then to VIT (Vancouver Island Terminal) where he became Chief Power Dispatcher, V. I.. He retired from what is now B.C. Hydro in 1989 with 44 years service, out of which he was very proud to say that he had only taken 3 days sick leave. In 1965, Harry and family arrived in Duncan and settled themselves in with a genuine desire to commit themselves to contributing and becoming involved in any way they could that would be of help in the community. Harry's sense of community was very strong and he was always so proud to say that home was the Cowichan Valley. He became very involved in community activities: Little League umpire for 18 years, Director of the Duncan and District Basketball Association for 17 years, spearheaded the building of the first Adventure Playground at Duncan Elem. with Peter Elliott, being the consummate Soccer Dad under the enthusiastic direction of Eric Monk, helping to build the "old" soccer clubhouse, Asst. scouter for 2nd Duncan, 9 years, Duncan Crimestoppers for 5 years, Cowichan Music Festival general fac totem, B.C. Heart & Stroke Foundation, 30 years. He was extremely proud of and grateful for the honours he was awarded: - Olympic gold medal for basketball, City of Duncan Sports Award and the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation "Heart of Gold" award. Harry is survived by his wife, Leslie, his beloved children: Stephen (Bonnie), Claudia and Neil (Vicki) and beloved grandchildren, Wyatt, Matilda, Veronica and Lucy. Our most grateful thanks and appreciation to Dr. R.V. Weir for his on-going outstanding care and compassion for Harry, the kind, caring and thoughtful staffs of the Duncan Dialysis Unit, the C.D.H. Emergency and the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Emergency and 4 N and 4 S wings. A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. at H. W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre. In remembrance of Harry, donations to the Cowichan Valley Food Basket would be most appreciated. Online condolences at www.hwwallacecbc.com

Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15, 2013
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