Dad was a veteran, and an athlete. He was born in Norway and moved to Canada with his family in 1928. While he learned to ski and jump at a young age in Norway, he carried those skills with him to Northwestern Ontario, where he would hold the district Class A ski jumping title from 1933 to 1941. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Artillery as a gunner, in June of 1941, and after serving overseas in the UK, France, Germany and Italy, was discharged in October of 1945.
He continued to compete in local and national ski jumping competitions after returning from the war, but was also a strong promotor of the sport of skiing in the area. In the 1960s he was instrumental in the development and construction of the Little Norway ski resort, in Fort William, where he envisioned a centrally located training centre for Canadian ski jumpers.
He worked as a carpenter, and then a building inspector, and raised five children with his wife, Margaret. Dad was diagnosed with 'motor neuron disease' at the local hospital in 1987, a diagnosis that was confirmed by specialists in Toronto. He died in February of 1988, and has been greatly missed ever since.