February 11, 1944 – September 14, 2017
It is with profound sadness we announce the sudden passing of Ivar Hernes on September 14, 2017 in a tragic vehicle accident.
Ivar was born in Lillehammer, Norway to Kristen and Gudrun Hernes. He had two older brothers who pre-deceased him: Arnt and Olav.
He grew up on the family farm, served in the Norwegian army, became a carpenter, and eventually taught carpentry at Northwest Community College.
He loved skiing and dancing, steak nights at the Legion, motorbiking and being with family and friends.
Ivar worked in construction, helped build Mills Memorial Hospital, ET Kenny School, Eurocan, the silos in Rupert among other projects. He built his family’s first home and helped build his most recent home.
He had an apartment building, and to many of the tenants he was their trusted friend.
Ivar had a heart of gold. He always helped out friends, family and even people we didn’t know. He was known for giving family and friends big bear hugs with much delight.
Ivar Hernes is survived by his loving wife Mary; three sons, Erik (Kirsty), Chris (Tricia), and Roy (Loukia); seven grandchildren Claire, Kevin, Finn, Brooklyn, Chloe, Brody and Ivory; family in Norway, Ireland and Scotland.
The Hernes family appreciates the outpouring of food, flowers, cards and help from the community.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all of the love, kindness, and support during this difficult time.
We want to acknowledge the people who stopped to help our dad at the scene of the accident, the paramedics, R.C.M.P. and Victims Assistance. It is comforting to know that people who did not know him did what they could to help him.
His funeral was held on September 21, 2017, at the Sacred Heart Parish.
Thank you to Fr. Babji, the parish staff, the Catholic Womens League, Knights of Columbus and parishioners for all your help.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Terrace Churches Food Bank or the Honour House Society.
Ivar, Vi Elsker Deg, which means “We Love You” in Norwegian. Rest in Peace.