Olav Arvid Magnus Shellborn

In Memorial

It was unexpected; with great sadness we announce that Olav passed away in his sleep of natural causes at his home in Maple Ridge on Wednesday April 17th, 2013.

He is survived by his wife Lula of nearly 63 years, 4 children Karen Morrison-her children, Shanda, Eric, (Amy), Ross, and Scott, Ryan Shellborn (Kris)-his children, Emily and Thompson, Connie Linde (Mike)-their children, Christopher, Allan, David and Diana, Carol Koebel (Darren)-their children, Amy and Julie. Also 3 great grandchildren Alex, Logan and Nathan Morrison, his brother Raymond and Sister Viola, sisters-in-law Jean Shellborn, Ada Shellborn and Vi Emerson.

He was predeceased by his parents Roy(1971) and Martha(1995), his in-laws Grandy(1999) and Momo(2001), his son Allan(1972), 4 brothers Floyd(2002), Glen(2009), Robert(2011) and Emil(2012), 2 sisters Mae(1995) and Doris(2013), sisters-in-laws Berna(1993), Elvera(2006), niece Debra(1982) and nephews Calvin(1959) and Larry(2010), brothers-in-law Roy Skogstad(1984), Dorland Burkett(1995), Bill Karton(2001) and Jim Emerson(1999).

Olav was born April 4th 1922 on NE ¼-15-17-18 near Erickson in the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam the oldest of 9 children speaking only Swedish until he started school 2 ½ miles away. When he was 8 years old he helped to look after his grandpa who was crippled. He cut up his chewing tobacco, brought him his meals, tended the wood stoves etc.

He continued to help on the family farm until he joined the army but didn’t go overseas. In 1950 he married Lula Skoglund on June 24th. They started their life together on NE ¼ -15-17-18 where he was born. Continuing to farm in Manitoba till 1972 when the family relocated to Maple Ridge. Olav worked at Whonnock Lumber for 15 years until retirement. Throughout the 40 years here in B.C. many trips were made forth and back to Manitoba-weddings, dances, potatoes etc.

In 2012 a big celebration was held for his 90th birthday and this year we had another great 91st birthday at Newlands in Langley on April 7th. Now 10 days later he has passed on with no goodbyes. Highlights of his life has been a trip to Sweden and Norway in 1982, 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a clear mind remembering, Century Farm Celebrations on the Homestead in 2008, playing games on the computer, hockey games, baseball, curling on tv and lunches at the Seniors Centre with friends.

A Celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 2:00pm at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel – 11765 224th Street, Maple Ridge.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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  1. Daryl and Lynne Shellborn

    So sorry to hear of Olafs passing. We fondly remember the times we have shared together over the years.
    With love, Daryl and Lynne.

  2. My condolences to the family. I am truly saddened by Olav’s passing. Over the many years I have known Olav I enjoyed and appreciated; his company, his wisdowm, his humor and his zest for life.

    Sincerly Les Morrison

  3. I’m sorry to hear the news. I will always remember uncle Olly for coming out to my hockey games and ringing the cowbell with my grandma and grandpa. I really enjoyed seeing him and I miss the laughs we all shared after the game was over.

    Love from, Riley McIntosh

  4. As “Kanitobans” — a couple of Americans who have bought and continue to restore the former Otter Lake School near Erickson, MB — my wife, Gayle, and are blessed to have known Ole. On our many trips “up north” we enjoyed the company of Ole and Lula as they shared memories of their beloved countryside there in Manitoba, and I treasure the dozens of books Ole gave us from the library of our “Schoolhouse.” We look forward to reliving the memories of Ole with Lula and the extended family in the years ahead.

    With condolences to the Family of Olav Shellborn,
    Steve Seibel

  5. We would like to express our condolences to the family of
    Olav Shellborn. We have many fond memories of Olav and his wonderful family, It was Olav and his family that welcomed our family to B.C. in 1979 when we moved from Manitoba. We will always treasure the many acts of kindness shown towards us when we were strangers in a new province. We will miss Olav’s smiles, interesting stories and his love of music. You should all be so thankful and proud of Olav’s wonderful life and legacy.
    May God Bless You All.
    Love from Sadley, Evelyn Shindruk and family

  6. Lula, children and grandchildren: you have all endeared your family to these transplanted seasonal Americans,(my husband already posted). How my hearts aches for your loss of Ole but rejoice having the honor of knowing and spending time together with such a special man, Ole Shellborn. I have such sweet memories of Olav or “Ole”. Our visits with Ole & Lula in Manitoba or Maple Ridge were special knowing we would get a big hug from Ole and get to share his beloved Manitoba potatoes & garden vegetables with delicious meals prepared by Lula and great conversation afterwards. Ole always made the people he was with to feel special. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Gayle Seibel

  7. So many fond memories of listening to Dad and Uncle Olav telling stories! It was very special for me to have Uncle Olav with Dad when Dad passed away. That was just how Dad would have wanted it, Mom, and his older brother with him.
    Condolences to all of Uncle Olav’s family. Family was very important to him!

  8. Sherri Bicknell

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family.

    We’re living in world, stars and dust
    Between heaven ‘n all that surrounds us
    We’re travellers here, spirits passing through
    And the love we give, is all that will endure
    Just like a rose after the rain
    Something beautiful remains
    Tears will leave no stains
    Time will ease the pain
    For every life that fades
    Something beautiful remains

    ~ Tina Turner

    With much love, The Bicknell Family

  9. I shall always remember the wonderful visits and many special surprise trips that Uncle Olav and Auntie Lula provided for me and my family over the years. I will fondly remember the stories, his humour and the twinkle of love that shone in his eyes as he regaled us with his memories. He will be lovingly missed by my whole family. Love and hugs to all Uncle Olav’s family.

  10. Clarke & Cindy de Man

    We express our sympathies to Olav’s family at this difficult time. We only had the pleasure to meet him once at Carol & Darren’s home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    Clarke & Cindy and family

  11. Judy and Danny Gusdal

    Though we were away at the time of Olav’s passing, we add our sympathies to my cousin Lula and the whole family. We are so grateful for the precious times we spent together at your home with such homey food, coffee and memory-boosting talks! Olav’s joyful spirit will always be a happy memory for us.
    With Love to All,
    Judy and Danny

  12. Condolences from the Tiller family. Our sympathies to Lula and family. We have enjoyed knowing Olav for many years – from his activities in the Erickson area and his good sense of humor. We will sadly miss him. I always looked forward to his annual trek to Erickson and hearing of his many stories.

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