Harald Hansen

Harald Hansen

June 26th, 1944 - June 5th, 2019
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Harald was born in Ulsteinvik on the west coast of German occupied Norway on June 26, 1944. He arrived in Canada in 1948 and parents Ray and Inge Hansen established a home in Port Mann, Surrey, B.C., overlooking the Fraser River. They spent their summers, and some winters, in Wadhams, River’s Inlet. By the time he was 11, Harald was working summers as a deck hand on his father’s salmon collector, the “Jemima,” in River’s Inlet. From the time he was very young, he would join his parents, and a lady called Mrs. McKeddy as the fourth in a game of whist. In winter, aside from the native Owikeno population, they were the only occupants in this isolated coastal inlet. He took his first two grades by correspondence and became very good at math. The skill must have derived from playing all those card games.

Harald graduated from North Surrey High School in 1962. He attended the University of British Columbia and in 1969 he received a B.A. degree in Economics. During that time, he met, and in 1967 married, another U.B.C. student, Janice Habing. Two children were born to the couple, Trevor Ray in 1971 in Surrey, and in 1980, Ingebjorg Jean, in Dawson Creek.

In 1975, Harald decided to follow the lead of two life-long friends, Ian Eggertson and Don Howard, and the family bought a home in Arras, B.C. just outside of Dawson Creek. Harald joined his two friends and became an employee of the City of Dawson Creek and he eventually became City Administrator. The three friends, along with soon-to-be dear friend Sam Barber, took great pride in helping Dawson Creek grow and thrive. Harald later became Administrator of the Peace River Regional District, before his retirement in 2006. He continued to contribute to his family and community until his sudden and unexpected death on June 5th, 2019.

Harald was predeceased by his parents Ray Hansen and Ingebjorg Hansen (nee Eiken) as well as granddaughter Lillian Jean Paterson. He is survived by wife, Janice Hansen (nee Habing), son Trevor (Retta) Hansen and daughter Inge-Jean (Brian) Hansen and granddaughter Hollis Mattson, Marilee (Paul) Puhallo, Edward Pitt, Elisa Bell, and great grandchildren Micheal Puhallo and Abel Bell. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Harald to the B.C. Woman’s Hospital in Vancouver.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Inge-Jean and Brian’s home in Arras on June 26th, 2019 at 4:00 pm. All friends and family are welcome. Directions can be found at
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    June 26th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    June 26th, 2019 4:00pm
    Inge-Jean & Brian's Home in Arras
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Cathy Sostad

Posted at 01:07pm
With deepest sympathy and much love and fondness to Janice and family.
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Steve Thorlakson

Posted at 05:58pm
What a kind and decent man. Sincere condolences.

Gerry Tonn

Posted at 08:48pm
Dear Janice and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I had the great privilege of working with Harald over a period of 35 years on a variety of local government initiatives. Over that time we became not only colleagues but friends. He was the ultimate leader in that he was humble, thoughtful, respectful, conscientious, and highly effective in providing for a high quality of life for the citizens he worked for. His legacy will continue. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. God bless you.


Posted at 07:21pm
May the family of Harald Hansen please accept my sincere condolences hoping you find comfort in God's words at Acts 24 : 15 and Psalm 37 : 29.

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