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ALBERT W LARSON (AL )( BERT) Obituary pic ALBERT W LARSON (AL )( BERT) Obituary pic


Date of Passing: Jul 31, 2020

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Peacefully following a long period of illness he died at his Selkirk home on July 31, 2020 with family by his side. He was 77 years old.
He will be missed by his beloved son John (grandson Riley) and his childhood sweetheart and former wife Lila (Davis) Larson, sisters, Shelby (Larson) McPherson (Dick), Kerry (Mehernoush, Mehra) McPherson, and Karmell (Chris and Kathleen) Preston.
He was predeceased by his father John Albert Larson in 1978; and his mother Hilda (Pauls) Larson in 2003. Surviving family to mourn his death are: Bill and Judy Davis, Kelley (Errol, Benton and Skylar) Sookram, Kara (Mark, Logan and Katelynne) Haakenson, Don Davis, Kris (Teresa, Kristian and Maria) Davis, Andrew (Kerry, Faith and Hudson) Davis, Nancy Hay, Katherine Speirs, Sylvia (Greg, James and Bailey) Russell, Rachel (Ronnie, Avery and Haley) Murray.
Al's friends will also miss him, his sense of humor, his generosity, times spent fishing, and the rides they took in his classic cars.
Al grew up at Victoria Beach learning carpentry and contracting from his pioneer father; then pursued welding as a career choice in Winnipeg at the Manitoba Institute of Technology. He excelled in all types and aspects of welding and over the years he developed his skills and shared them as he taught welding at Red River College to hundreds of students. He was proud to say that his welds were 100% when x-rayed, whether in the field or onsite.
He loved all four of his dogs, and enjoyed training, playing and stepping over them as they lay in the doorway of the room he was in.
He was a genius at seeing a problem on -site, then designing, building and implementing solutions to solve the business issue. Businesses called for his expertise many times and his customized solutions were of benefit to the success of their businesses.
One of his observations of a business problem led to his designing, testing, and ultimately manufacturing a specialized torsion core caster for pallet jack movers. The patents were valid in Canada and the USA, resulting in a dramatic change in the industry of original equipment makers of pallet jack movers.
He loved to travel, carve wood, and create metal sculptures. His customized nuts and bolts sculptures found buyers in Vancouver's Gastown arts area. His greatest passion however was for cars, especially classic cars – which he purchased, restored and loved to drive. Barret Jackson Auctions was his favorite TV show.

A private service has been held, and interment will take place at a later date at Victoria Beach, MB.

Special thanks to the caregivers who made it possible for him to remain at home until the time of his death.

Donations in his memory can be made to Teen Challenge of Central Canada.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 22, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I will miss Albert and am regretting it took me so long to reconnect with an old friend that I grew up with at Victoria Beach. We had what is called today, "play dates", back in the day, mostly at his house on 8th Avenue. We lost touch after the summers at the Beach and only saw each other occasionally over the years until July 17th this year when I made a trip to Selkirk. We had a wonderful visit. He put on quite a show of strength and fairly good health, I thought. We had some good laughs. Albert will be remembered as a real gentleman, clever, kind and always had interesting things to talk about. I wish we could have had more visits. - Posted by: Lynda Bowman (Old Friend) on: Sep 17, 2020

  • Our condolences Lila, to you and John with Al's passing. We enjoyed our mutual time in Arizona at many get-togethers. Nice to get to know more of him through a beautiful obituary. A very talented man indeed. - Posted by: Wayne & Eileen Wood (Friend) on: Sep 02, 2020

  • I am sorry to learn Albert has died. I rarely get to Victoria Beach anymore but when I do I pass by his family home on Eighth near Patricia and remember him. The Bowles family were summer residents on Third, near Patricia and I remember Albert coming down to Patricia Beach in the evening with his dog, when dogs could be on the beach and joining them playing in the waves and water. Albert would throw pails of water in the air and the dog -- name escapes me --- would leap up and snap at the water. I remember Albert as a good guy and I looked forward every year to seeing him at the beach. - Posted by: Sheldon M Bowles (Childhood summer friend ) on: Aug 26, 2020

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