THRONESS, Harald Norman
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September 2, 1928 - August 5, 2014
Harald was born to Bjarne and Olava, the fifth of nine children, in the Norwegian farming community of La Glace north of Grande Prairie, Alberta. In 1952, after training at Peace River Bible Institute in Sexsmith, he married Edna Peters and left the family farm for ministry with the Shantymen's Christian Association in Tofino on Vancouver Island. Thereafter he served with the Christian and Missionary Alliance as pastor of 11 churches over the next 50 years throughout western Canada, including Chilliwack Alliance, Sherwood Park Alliance and Sevenoaks Alliance in Abbotsford. By his own estimation, his signal accomplishment was to establish, in 1980, Strathcona Christian Academy in Sherwood Park, Alberta. This K-12 school now has 1,100 students. He was the father of five fine children: Leon, Laurie, Lyndon, Trevor, and his 'special girl' Kathy, grandfather to thirteen grandchildren, and in February, became a great-grandpa. He was predeceased in 2007 by Edna, whose loss he mourned to the end, and is survived by brothers Oswald, Lloyd and Dean, and sisters Mary and Myrtle. Harald was an able, practical preacher, characterized by humility and integrity, with a passion for hard work. He dedicated his life to make known the gospel of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, leaving a legacy that enriched the lives of thousands. He enjoyed a full and wonderful life with his beloved Edna, and his children will always be proud to call him 'dad.'
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Aug. 9, 2014