Harald Norman Throness

September 3, 1928August 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.' Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 1:30pm at the Chilliwack Alliance Church, 8700 Young Rd. Chilliwack, BC.


  • Memorial Service Friday, August 15, 2014

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Bill and Eleanore

August 28, 2014

I became a Christian is 1976 on a 747 coming back from Hawaii and failing to solve our marriage. Prior to this Pastor Harald would stop at our house ( which I was rarely at?) and I would offer him a ciggarette and rum and coke. Yes, I got that sweet shy smile ' and much more. Conversation. Real talk about anything. He never judged me and accepted me as I was and always had time to talk to me. The morning after accepting the Lord at age 36 I called Harald and he was at our house in 10 minutes. He once told me that I should never put any one person in front of the cross but Jesus. Honestly, I had a hard time not putting Harald in front of the cross. Eleanore and I loved Harald and Edna more than words can say and to the boys and favorite girl, our deepest condolences but in all reality I always enveyed you guys for having such wonderful parents. See you soon Harald!!!!!!

Jim & Evelyn Milliken

August 12, 2014

Harold, we will remember him as our
current day Nehemiah for sure. When the impossible confronted him, his first & only resort was to pray. We first encountered Harold, Edna & family while living in Dawson Creek & they pastoring in Ft. St. John. Who would have ever thought, years later while on the leadership team in Surrey, we had the treasured privilege of Harold's interim loving care for us in a most difficult time in SAC's near history. Ironically, it was our joy to have his son, Leon on staff years earlier who never ceased to challenge us throughout his time with us. Harold & Edna will forever be remembered in our hearts as tireless soldiers of Christ. Our prayers are with the family who remain to carry out the "Great Commission" so deeply rooted within Mom & Dad's heart,

Karen Johnson Elenor Ceretzke

August 11, 2014

Your dad & mom were wonderful people and were a witness of the love of Christ. They were genuinely interested and loved people (no matter what age) and had such a passion for Christ. You dad had such an incredible memory, worked and studied hard. He will be missed for a while until we all "go home". Our family will remember you all in our prayers during this time.

Brent &Hazel Jackson

August 9, 2014

We didn,t know Pastor Harald well but we joked with him about is lovely red car.He has left a wonderful legacy for his family and those whom he pastored.He was God,s good and faithful servant.Brent and Hazel Jackson