OBITUARY

Mr. Nils Olaf Stanley Bergman

September 18, 1916January 1, 2011

In Loving Memory of Nils Bergman 1916 – 2011

On January 1st, 2011 Nils Olaf Stanley Bergman died peacefully at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital at the age of 94. Nils was born and raised in Kenora and lived most of his life on the property he grew up on in Norman. Nils is predeceased by his wife Florence. Left to cherish his memory are his children Eric (Irene), Bruce (Vickie), Lorraine (Stephen) Simpkin and Neil (Michelle); grandchildren Leif (Crystal), Cody, Nils, Clayton, Bethany, Svea, David; and great-grandchild Ethen. Family was most important to dad. He loved us all and we loved him dearly.

Nils was one of six children born to August and Ida Bergman who had emigrated from Sweden to Canada. He is predeceased by his parents and his siblings Herb, Gunnar, Charlie and Svea. He is survived by one brother, Rob. Nils is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Nils loved all sports but he was most proud of being named Male Athlete of the Year in his senior year at Lakewood High School and of the medals he won rowing when the Kenora Rowing Club won the Lipton Trophy in 1936.

Nils volunteered to serve his country during World War ll. In 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He spent the next 4 years overseas as a radar mechanic.

Nils was no stranger to hard work. He attributed some of his physical strength to the chores he did growing up like carting pails of water from the lake to fill the water barrel each day. He was always building or fixing things. He worked in the family construction business until Bergman Builders was sold in 1978. Nils built his own home, his boathouse, his camp, two sailboats as well as various other water craft that his children had great fun in. Dad was happiest when others were enjoying the fruits of his labour.

Dad and mom’s loves of their lives were family, their camp on Treaty, and sailing trips down the lake.

Please join us in celebrating the lives of both of our parents Nils and Florence at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre; Pastor Cathy Giroux is officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation, 21 Sylvan Street, Kenora, Ontario P9N 3W7 or to Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home, 237 Lakeview Drive, Kenora, Ontario P9N 4J7.

Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com

BROWN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE ENTRUSTED WITH ARRANGEMENTS.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 8, 2011
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Mr. Nils Olaf Stanley Bergman

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Sharon Fraser

January 10, 2011

Lorraine and family;
So sorry about the passing of your father/grandfather. He was such a great guy and will be missed terribly. The pictures are a beautiful tribute.
Sharon

David Terry

January 9, 2011

Dear Cousins,
It has been about forty years since I saw Nils and enjoyed his company. The occasions when I was able to see him and Aunt Florence were few and far apart but they live very fondly in my memory.
Best wishes to you all from your cousin Dave

January 8, 2011

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Nils' family on his passing.

Peg & Jim Doty (from Vancouver Is.)

John Halliwell

January 7, 2011

Cousins Rick, Bruce, Lorraine and Neil,

My most sincere condolences on the passing of Uncle Nils. I will miss our conversations and hearing his stories about his life and the history of Kenora and area. He and Aunt Florence always welcomed me to their home and we enjoyed many good times and shared laughter and, yes, some lively political discussions. I will always remember the good times we shared and what a strong, decent and thoughtful man Nils was.

Amy, Jimmy and boys Mackey

January 6, 2011

We have many fond memories of summers at the camp with your dad. My boys loved "playing" with him and catching critters in the water!We are so sorry for your loss. The Mackeys

EILEEN M KELLY

January 6, 2011

JUST TO SAY CONDOLENCES SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY
REMEMBERING NILS and FLORENCE
GOD BLESS .. from EILEEN M KELLY ( kelly.eileenm@yahoo.com )
who once lived in KENORA now in KERRY IRELAND I WAS A RN
I STILL KNOW MANY PEOPLE IN KENORA e.g. IMBA PHINNEY

Margie Birch

January 6, 2011

Neil, Bruce, Lorraine and Eric, my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your father.

Margie Birch

Harold & Martha Fife

January 6, 2011

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of grief. May your many endearing memories of Nils bring you comfort.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY