George William Hagen

was born at Wrinch Memorial Hospital, Hazelton, B.C. on May 28, 1928. He was the 4th of 5 children born to pioneers Lars and Anna Hagen, who came from Norway to build a home together in Canada. The family lived in the Kispiox Valley on 500 acres.

In the early days, George worked horse logging for his dad, and later, George owned his own logging truck. In Hazelton he met a young nurse named Kaye Friesen and they were married on April 3, 1961. He worked as a welder and as a parts man for International Harvester from 1976 to 1979. When International closed its Terrace doors George opened his own doors and George Hagen Welding and Repairs Ltd came into being. George was never happier than when he was in business for himself. George retired from work in 1992 at the age of 64.

George loved to work and create. He loved his shop, gardening, camping, woodcutting, and his friends. Above all George loved his family, his wife of 43 years (Kaye), his daughter Carolyn, son-in-law Fass, and grandchildren Brendon and Rosalyn. On January 27, 2005 at the age of 76, George passed peaceably surrounded by his family.

The family would like to thank George’s long-term care nurse, the staff at Terraceview Lodge, the United Church, and the family, friends, and businesses for their kind words and acts.