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Peter Elmer Walgren

January 31, 1928 - November 18, 2012


Ivan passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Nelson Jubilee Manor at the age of 84 years.

He is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 62 years, his sons Ivan James and Carl Richard (Kate), three grandsons and five great grandchildren. Ivan is also survived by his only brother and good friend Fred (Beryl).

Ivan lived his entire life in the Nelson/Balfour area where he married, raised his family, and entered retirement. He loved life and greatly and enjoyed having his sons, grandsons and their families around him, spending many hours camping, fishing, RVing and sharing fun times with them. He especially enjoyed sharing some exciting trips to far away lands with the younger ones.

After retirement he and his wife moved to their “happy place” Balfour, where he spent his last years with his wife, enjoying the wonderful life the community offered.

Ivan will be best remembered by everyone he knew for his love of people, and his passion for music – which was a huge part of his life. He was a drumming member of the Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band for all of his adult life and proudly watched as his two piper sons also became playing members. He was quite a dancer and could manage many folk dances as well as country and modern styles. Scottish music was a favorite choice for this Swedish Chap, but he loved all of it, as long as it had “a beat”.

Ivan’s family wishes to extend to the staff of Jubilee their heartfelt thanks for the exceptional care he received over the last few months and who were with him to the end. He became very fond of you all. Your caring and compassion were above and beyond what we could have imagined.
Also, the family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Broader Horizons who entertained, cared for, and kept music coming during the time he was able to attend. He just loved his “day care” days.

Ivan, you will be sorely missed by your family and all those who knew you. Next time we hear one of those amazing Balfour summer storms, we will know you are, indeed, still dancing up a storm.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Interment will take place at a later date..


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Verna J. Saliken
Relation: Friend of the family

On behalf of the entire Saliken (Alex) family, I extend our deepest sympathies to Shirley and the entire Walgren family. May it be of some comfort to you to know that others share in your sorrow at this time. Ivan was a wonderful individual who always had time to speak to us whenever we met up with him, always having a smile on his face and acknowleging all with a wave of his hand. He will be fondly remembered always.

Verna J. Saliken

Relation: thru his wife

Shirley, I am so sorry to hear about Ivan…I always loved seeing his smiling face!
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

From: Ev and ted Cartlidge
Relation: share grand children

deepest sympathy for your loss. I know the family will miss him. I am sure the Bowlers at Balfour will miss his smiling face.

From: Kerry Kirking
Relation: Friends for 50 years

Dear Shirley, Jim, Carl, Kate, Freddie and everyone–
Our half century of friendship has brought me more joy than I can express. Ivan’s death brings poignant sadness, but calls up wonderful memories of those years, anticipation of close friendship yet to be lived out, huge respect and affection for you all, and such appreciation for Ivan the man, friend, and mischief-maker. A nod, wink, and “Hey dad, how about a cold one?” refreshed many a warm Nelson afternoon. The memory of Ivan brings refreshment now.

Until we see one another please accept my sympathy and affection. Diminishing as Ivan’s passing must be for you, his memory must be uplifting. Your love for Ivan was demonstrated in your care for him. Bless you all, and thank you so much for sharing a great guy with those of us lucky enough to count you all as friends!


From: Wendy Walgren
Relation: friend

Our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.
May it be of some comfort to know many share your sorrow of the loss of such a great man.
Peace be with you
Wendy,boys and families

From: Paul and Gwen Cavanaugh
Relation: Friend

So sorry to hear of Ivan’s passing, Shirley. We are thinking of you and your family at this sad time.

From: Anne Rutherglen
Relation: friend

My condolences to Shirley, Carl ,Jim, Fred, and families. I always remember Ivan with a smile on his face. I don;t think the man ever was mad. He was a pleasure to know and play with in the pipe band many years agao. He will be sadly missed.

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