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Born: Apr 03, 1931

Date of Passing: Mar 12, 2019

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Edward Henry Balchen passed away in Edmonton, AB, in the early hours of March 12, 2019, shortly before his 88th birthday.
His Norwegian immigrant parents, Aslaug Juliette Gaustad, from Avaldsnes, Karmoy, and Bjorn Balchen from Vagsbygd, Kristiansand S., met in Winnipeg at the Viking Club in 1929. Edward was the first of five children. He was born on Good Friday, April 3, 1931 and was named after his paternal grandmother Edvarda Henrietta. The Balchens lived in Winnipeg, Pine Falls and Dauphin, MB, through the Great Depression and the Second World War. Summer jobs with CN Rail and Abitibi Paper Co., funded Eddy's post secondary education. He graduated with a BSc Civil Engineering, U. of M., 1955, and a Master's in Water Technology, U. of T., 1956. He enjoyed work, travel, music and family. He was a very good trombonist and pianist. Family reunions and Christmases in Dauphin were always a must.
Eddy is predeceased by brother A. Richard (Dick), but is survived by sister Alice (Evan Stitt) and their children, brother Bruce (Doreen Adam) and their children, Dick's wife (Sigrid Birkinshaw) and their children, brother Bernt (Gloria Bedewski) and their children, first wife Sharon (Wilson), their son Paul (Maureen) and their children, wife Ingaborg (Kreher), their daughter Camilla and her son. There are also numerous grand-nieces and nephews.

"Sic transit gloria mundi."

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 13, 2019

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • RIP, Ed. I will miss the great conversations we had over the years! - Posted by: Mitch Montpetit (Nephew-in-law) on: Apr 14, 2019

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