A whole lot of knowledge went to heaven on April 16, 2015 when our dear father, Stanley John Naslund, departed this world at the glorious age of 84 years. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and loyal friend. May he be welcomed into God’s kingdom in heaven.
Stan was born on December 2, 1930 in Blairmore, Alberta to parents, Per and Tea Naslund. He was raised to appreciate the majestic splendor of our mountain community and enjoyed skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, hunting and fishing with rod (and early years occasionally dynamite), photography, gardening and being a member of the army cadets. He prized knowledge and education which inspired him to pursue a career in teaching. He began employment as a coal miner in the Crowsnest Pass area at the age of 18 after graduating high school. After three years, he changed career direction attaining his teaching degrees and started mentoring children in the Beaver Mines and Lundbreck area and ending his teaching career after 37 years. He was also talented with his hands fixing anything broken and creating magnificent woodworking projects from unique canes to long handled shoehorns. He gifted all of his work to friends and family. Stan was a proud member of the Volunteer Fire Department in Lundbreck for 25 years. He was a truly generous man whom we all admired. He will be fondly remembered by many former students, family, and friends and dearly missed.
He is survived by his beloved friend and wife, Bessie Naslund of Lundbreck, Alberta; his cherished children, Sharon (Rudy) Boldt, Mel (Tammy) Naslund, Darryl (Shelagh) Naslund, Cindy (Frank) Simpson and Tammee (Sheldon) Wiebe; his precious grandchildren, Crystal (Chris) Gardener, Teah (Scott) Duperon, Jerrett Naslund, Karmell Naslund, Dani Naslund, Chase (Brittany) Simpson and Levi (Rebecca) Simpson, Riley Wiebe, Kimberlee Wiebe and Josee Wiebe; his great grandchildren, Izabella, Brodey, Jenna, Brayson, Dailee, Jewel and Ivy; his brother, Gunnar (Mary) Naslund; his sisters, Sally Mann and Siri (Harvey) Thibeault; mother of Mel’s three daughters Rebecca (Tom) Spicer, his special niece Charlene (Jason) Smith; and his many extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Phyllis; his parents, Per and Tea; and his siblings, Steve and Sonja.
A private family celebration honouring Stan’s life was held at Fantin’s Funeral Chapel in Blairmore on April 21, 2015 with Pastor Al Robinson officiating. An open Memorial Service will be held for the community and will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
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