Vernon Roy OBERG
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OBERG, Vernon Roy

With great sadness, we announce that Vernon Oberg, known to friends as "VernO," passed away peacefully on November 12, 2017, at the age of 66. Vern was surrounded by his loving family and his fiancée, Lisa St John. Vern was predeceased by his father, William Oberg in 1987. He is survived by his mother, Jane, and five siblings: Ingrid (Rob), Diana, Bill (Barb), Lisa, and Donna. Vern is also survived by his fiancée, Lisa St John, eight nieces and nephews, as well as five grandnephews.
Vern was an icon in the sport of waterskiing and will be greatly missed by the Water Ski community, both locally and worldwide. He started skiing at the age of eight, and began competing as a teenager. His passion and commitment only grew stronger over the last 50 years.
As noted in Water Ski Wakeboard Canada's tribute, "He contributed in so many ways, from starting as a young skier to judging and volunteering in various capacities. He continued on to serve as a leader and was President of his club, his province, his national federation and ultimately the Pan American Confederation. He always put the skier first. He was relentless about that. He fought for them every step of the way," (WSWC) and he insisted on ensuring a level playing field for all athletes.
Further to this, to follow are a few of his major accomplishments (credit to Water Ski Wakeboard Alberta): 1977–1980: President of Alberta's Wizard Lake Water Ski Club; 1985–Present: Fulfilled every executive position of the Wizard Lake Water Ski Club; 1992: President of Water Ski Alberta; 1986–1998: Member of Water Ski Canada's Officials Committee; 1993-1995: President of Water Ski Canada; 1993: Water Ski Wakeboard Canada's representative on the Olympic Committee; 1995–2001: Past President of Water Ski Canada; 1980 and 1982: Alberta Achievement Awards from the Government of Alberta; 1994: Lorraine Kroetsch Memorial Award for Officiating; 2001: Alberta Officiating Recognition Award from Atco Gas – officiating amateur events; 1994: Secretary General of the Pan-Am region of the International Water Ski Federation; 1995–2004: President of the Pan-Am Region on the International Water Ski Federation; 1995: During Vern Oberg's time on the Pan-Am Board, he was instrumental in water skiing being added to the Pan American games; 1999: Pan-Am Games, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Technical Director; 2003: Pan-Am Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Set up a non-existing ski site in one week, including building a new jump ramp; 2008: Inducted into the Water ski Wakeboard Canada Hall of Fame – Builder; and in 2017: Water Ski Wakeboard Alberta Hall of Fame Inductee – Builder.
In his professional career, as President of Hukalo Oberg Engineering Ltd., he was equally respected for his passion, skills, and commitment to excellence. Projects of note are the Devon Research Center, as well as the Sturgeon Community Hospital, in which he spent his final days. Special thanks go to Nurse Ashley, Nurse Hailey, and Dr. Adil, for their gentle nature and compassion, with which they showed Vernon.
Tributes continue to pour in from all over the world, recognizing his contributions to the sport, his impact on people's lives, as well as the unique character that was Vern.
Cremation has taken place, and a Celebration of Life will be held for Vern on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 2 p.m., at Evergreen Funeral Home & Cemetery, 16204 Fort Rd NW, Edmonton, AB.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta. Please refer to website

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Published in Calgary Herald on Nov. 15, 2017.
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Memories & Condolences
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June 6, 2020
To the Oberg Family, my deepest condolences. I will always have fond waterskiing memories of Vern and The gang at Wizard lake. Nancy Hulbert
Nancy Hulbert
March 11, 2019
The friends of blackshift game thanks for your wonderful creative level-buildings.
We all missing you, rest in peace obie.
July 9, 2018
Vern took a chance on employing me very early in my engineering career, and I'll always appreciate his mentoring and friendship. Very sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to friends and family.
Ken McKenzie
June 11, 2018
Remembering Vernon Roy Oberg on the anniversary of his birthday June 11th.
Vern was the eldest grandson in the Cerny Clan a large group of extended relatives.
He was a cute, considerate and kind little boy and we were all very excited whenever his parents brought him and his sisters to the farm at Bilby/Onoway. He loved the farm, visiting his grandparents and his five school aged aunts and uncles who were still at home. It was the best place to get a good haircut too.
As he grew older he became interested in other adventures and we didn't see him as often as we would have liked. He usually always came to special family celebrations. He delivered a warm and loving eulogy for his grandmother at her funeral.
He had a successful career as an engineer and a huge love of water skiing, winning many awards. Both endeavors took him around the world.
We will always keep Vern's memory in our hearts.
The Cerny Clan
January 7, 2018
I am very saddened by the death of Vern. We were High School friends and reconnected on FB. We spoke often and had some laughs. Our plan to meet for lunch never came to be. I regret postponing that and will miss our friendship so much. RIP, my old friend.
Bev Labrosse (Estabrooks)
November 23, 2017
Sorry to hear that my old friend is gone. Condolences to the Oberg family.
Proud to have known him, fond memories of 1977 Nationals.
Vern left this part of the nation better, his contributions to his skiing family are with-out a doubt, monumental.
My heartfelt gratitude he was with us.
Louis Montpetit
November 22, 2017
To Aunti Jean and family, so sorry to hear of Vern's (aka 22) passing. May all your happy memories give you strength at this very sad time. RIP Vern.
Cousin, Janis Thack (nee Oberg)
Janis Thack
November 21, 2017
Dear Mrs Oberg, Lisa, Ingrid, Diana, Bill, Donna and other family: VernO was a good friend in high school. We lost touch as we moved away, and found one another again along with a bunch of our high school friends, on Facebook. Actually another friend was a wakeboard champion and Vern knew him. We kept messaging one another, joking and trying to teach Vern how NOT to burn all the food he was cooking. We always had entertaining conversations and we knew Vern hadn't changed after all these years. He was the same character from high school.....never afraid to speak his mind, voice his opinion, and yet be gentle and kind. We were so looking forward to a reunion, and to meeting Lisa in person. It just goes to show we shouldn't delay anything in life. SO sorry and so sad at the loss of VernO at this young age. We will always keep him in our hearts and thoughts. May all the wonderful memories you all share comfort you in this time of loss.
Darlene Blackett
November 19, 2017
I was saddened to hear of VernO's passing. His contribution to water skiing is well known, a legacy to be proud of. My condolences to his family, Lisa and all his friends worldwide.
Andy Blakeney
November 19, 2017
Just heard about the passing of Vern.
My deepest condolences to your family.
Lori Konduc
November 18, 2017
Dear Ingrid, Rob, Diana and family - Our sincere condolences on the loss of Vernon. May your fond memories bring you comfort and peace. We are thinking of you.
Howard and Betty Faulkner
November 16, 2017
Vern was schoolmate from grade 1 thru grade 12 and a great friend thru those years. Many memories that I still remember and may he RIP.
Larry Lanuk
November 16, 2017
Vern wil forever live on in our memories and in our hearts.
Don Kroetsch
November 16, 2017
RIP Vern. Condolences to the Oberg family.
Jack and Cherrill Jamieson
November 16, 2017
Vern always had a special place in the hearts of all team Novy and we will miss his larger than life presence and incredible dedication. I first met Vern at the Canada Summer Games in 1969 in Dartmouth with Don Lewellyn and we bonded immediately. You are a legacy my friend!
Paul Bowie
November 16, 2017
A sad day when such a good man is gone! Vern was one of a kind and will be sadly missed by all who called him a friend. Condolences to his family at such a sad time.
Bill Campbell
November 15, 2017
Such sad news! We met as kids and stayed close friends for almost 60 years. To Jean and his brothers and sisters our heartfelt condolences. Vern was a special person to my family and I. "Rest in Peace", my friend.
Barry Cunningham
November 15, 2017
It is so very sad to lose Vern at such a young age! My thoughts and prayers will be with you on Saturday as you gather to remember and honour him. You are such a strong family!
Much love. Cousin, Margo E.
November 15, 2017
Vern's talents, expertise, dedication, kindness, and commitment to helping others, knew no bounds. He touched so many lives, and I, for one, feel blessed to have been one of his friends. Vern was definitely one of a kind and he was taken from this world far too early. He will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him. May you RIP, Vern.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Oberg family and friends in their time of sorrow.

Cindy Milford,
Sherwood Park
Cindy Milford
November 15, 2017
To Aunt Jean and cousins Ingrid, Diana, Bill, Lisa and Donna and family members,
We are heart broken and share your profound sadness at the loss of Vern. I can safely say that Vern's influence and legacy to me personally is the lifelong love of water skiing that I have, and for which I have proudly passed down to our children. Rest in peace dear cousin Vern on a 'clear as glass' lake. Love and prayers,
David and Cindy and family
David Johnson
November 15, 2017
Dear Jean and family, so sorry for your loss. My memory of Vern as a tall,fearless, preteen is strong. He was destined for the good things he achieved.
Jeanne Irwin
November 15, 2017
To The Family I am sorry for your Loss
May He Rest in Peace
Annette Williams
November 15, 2017
To Jean/Jane and all of the family we send our sincere condolences on the occasion of Vern's passing. It is always a pleasure to remember the various events and activities we experienced during our years as neighbours but it is sad when it is an occasion such as this that reminds us of them. Wishing you all the absolute best as you move forward!
Sincerely from Ron and Irene Rigby!
November 15, 2017
To the Oberg family - My condolences in your loss of Vern. His impressive professional and sporting legacies will keep his contributions alive in the minds of many in the years ahead.
Brian Hodgson
November 15, 2017
I first met Vern at the Lake Isle ski site in 1971 where he helped me in my first experience with a slalom course and ski tournament. A great ambassador to the sport. RIP Vern.
Rick MacPhee
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