After a short illness, our much-loved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully at age ninety-one.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Christina, his son Björn (Rita), daughter Anne Barlow (Kelly), and grandchildren Rozelyn and James. Kolbjörn was born in Lardal, Norway. He was the youngest of ten children born to Ole H. and Petrea Eide, and he grew up on the Eide family farm.
In Norway, Kolbjörn worked in forestry during the Northern summers. During the Southern summers he made five whaling expeditions to Antarctica, aboard the Norwegian whaling ship A/S Kosmos Ill.
He emigrated to British Columbia in 1956 at age 30. Kolbjorn first worked in sawmilling and logging in Burns Lake, BC. In 1958, he worked as a commercial fisherman out of Prince Rupert, BC.
Kolbjörn met the love of his life Christina (nee Visserman) in 1958, while visiting his brother Lars & sister-in-law Gullborg, at Upper Kispiox. They married in 1960 at Hazelton, BC.
Kolbjörn established his contracting business, K. Eide Logging ltd. in 1964, in Terrace BC. He also ran his own big game hunting & fishing guiding business, which he operated seasonally throughout the 1960’s and early 1970’s.
Kolbjörn retired from contracting work in 1982. He continued working as a fur trapper from 1982 until the early 2000’s.
Kolbjörn enjoyed being in the outdoors fishing, hunting, trapping, hiking, and camping. Over the years, he actively participated in various conservation efforts, such as the 1980’s protests against DOW Chemical’s Garlon defoliant testing on the islands of the Skeena River. He was also a key participant in the establishment of the Gitnadoix River Provincial Park and Protected Area.
A memorial gathering will take place at The Best Western Inn, (formerly the Terrace Inn)
at 4553 Greig Ave., Terrace, BC on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2pm.
Kolbjörn’s remains will be interred at the Styrvold Lutheran Church in Lardal, Vestfold County, Norway.
Our family would like to express our sincere thanks to the thoughtful and caring staff at Mills Memorial Hospital.
He is truly missed by all.