Robert Jochum Asgeirsson

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    - Donald E. Gislason
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    - John Sparks
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Robert Jochum Asgeirsson July 6, 1943 - June 12, 2018 Robert passed away peacefully at Peace Arch Hospital with his family by his side, after battling prostate cancer for 9 years. He is survived by his loving family: son David (Elissa Strome) and daughter Sandra Droulis (Nick); his beloved grandchildren, Emma & Alex Asgeirsson and Lukas, Samantha & Brady Droulis; his sister Sigrid Kellas (Bruce) and nephews Steven, Robert & Brent. In addition, he leaves his ex-wife Linda and many cousins in Canada and Iceland.

Robert was a talented visual artist who studied architecture before working in video and film production, still photography, graphic design and book publishing. He endeavored to produce the highest quality product in every project he undertook. In the 1970s and 80s he worked as a staff and freelance cinematographer for BCTV (Global TV), CBC Television and other clients. His work won local and international awards and he was nominated for a Gemini Award in 1989.

Robert was very proud of and interested in his Icelandic heritage. He served as President of several Icelandic Canadian societies and was the curator of the Icelandic Archives of BC which now reside in the UBC Library Special Collections department. He also collected and printed hundreds of still photographs for the "Nordic Spirit" collection which chronicles the history of various Scandinavian communities in BC.

A Celebration of Robert's life will be held on Sunday, July 15th at 1:00 pm in the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society ( would be appreciated.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on June 30, 2018
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