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Astrid Andersen

Astrid Andersen

Tuesday, September 1st, 1936 Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

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Obituary

Obituary for Astrid Andersen (Christoffersen)

Obituary for ASTRID ANDERSEN
(Sept. 1, 1936 – Feb. 17, 2021)


On February 17, long time Squamish resident Astrid Andersen (nee Christoffersen) passed away peacefully and surrounded by family, after a short illness, in her 85th year.

Astrid was born in rural Denmark in 1936. She was predeceased by her husband Roy (Rolf Olaf) in 1979.

Astrid and Roy both came to Canada in the 1950s, each for adventure and opportunity. After work stints in Sweden, Switzerland and in London, England where she learned English going to the cinema, Astrid emigrated to Canada in 1957. She arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax NS with a letter of employment from an Alberta family in need of a nanny, “preferably a Danish girl.”

Astrid and Roy, who had met on the MS Bergensfjord Atlantic passenger liner, started a family in Hinton AB before moving to Squamish in 1961. The rebuilt Woodfibre pulp mill had a job for skilled tradesman Roy, and Squamish had a longer growing season for avid gardener Astrid.

They built their home on Hospital Hill, with Astrid in charge of what was to be judged Best Garden in Squamish by 1969. Over the next decades, in between tending family (as a single parent after her husband’s passing) and garden, and later employment at the local hospital, community-minded Astrid wrote many letters to the editor and attended and spoke at many public meetings.

She actively supported each of her three free spirit sons in numerous, diverse projects.

Astrid loved picnics and camping and, in later years, independent backpack travel off the beaten path – in Latin America, Yukon, Quebec, Southern Europe, SE Asia and Australia. She (proudly) never learned to use a computer, clipped and saved many articles out of the newspapers, and read many books – mostly about the history of her adopted country.

Astrid always looked forward to weekly international folk dance nights, Tuesday hiking group excursions, helping out with Hospital Auxiliary friends, and volunteering for Community Christmas Care and at the annual Loggers Sports days.

Her always good mood, happy laughter and great hospitality will be missed.

She is survived by sons Eric, Glen (Marina) and Thor (Bec), her precious granddaughter Eve-Ruby, and a large extended family in Denmark and Norway.

Due to Covid-19 a celebration of Astrid Andersen’s life will be postponed to a later date.

The family is sincerely thankful to caregivers at Lions Gate Hospital and North Shore Hospice for their kindness. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either Squamish General Hospital Auxiliary squamishgeneralhospitalauxiliary.com or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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Trevor Harris

Eric Glen, Thor and family. I was so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your Mother, Astrid. As you know, I spent my first few years in Squamish in your home as a boarder.
In those days, there was little accommodation in Squamish for beginning teachers, and your home was indeed a lucky find. I have many memories of your Mom’s amazing cooking, her energy and good humor, as well as enjoyment of good conversation. One memory that stands out for me was how seriously your Mom viewed her Canadian citizenship. I remember her studying for that citizenship exam. I remember her providing me with details about Canadian history that even as a recent university graduate, I would find myself on shakey ground. Needless to say, she passed her test with flying colours, and always maintained a commitment to her adopted country and to her local community here in Squamish. I know that you will feel her loss hugely. My hope is that your memories of a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and Friend will sustain you through this time of sadness.
From Trevor Harris, and also, Steve, Lori and Chris
Comment | Posted at 03:43pm via Condolence
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Billie Hildering

Boy Will I miss her presence and cheerfulness at Folk dancing it is with great sadness that I heard of Astrid's passing My heartfelt condolences to Astrid's son's and family Much Love to all Billie Hildering
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Katrina Doherty

Kevin and I are sending our condolences to all of you at this time. Our entire neighbourhood is worse off at the passing of Mrs. Andersen as her friendly wave, bright smile and purposeful stride couldn't help but make you appreciate life. May your memories bring you comfort and I hope that we all do our little part to fill the void now left in our community. - Katrina and Kevin Doherty
Comment | Posted at 10:06am via Condolence
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Reita Doak

I was so sorry to hear of Astrid's passing. We worked together for many years at SGH --the good years when it was close to a family atmosphere!! Conversations with Astrid were so informative as she was always in touch with what was happening in the community but it was her solo 'backpacking travels' that amazed me. This is a difficult time for all --thoughts are with you
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J. Singh Biln

Eric, Glen & Thor; Our sincerest condolences for the passing of your mother and for the loss of of a great human being. Mrs. Anderson a great neighbour, a giving citizen, an avid gardener and very active right up to her recent illness. She put us neighbours to shame with her constant pruning & raking, mowing the lawn, and shovelling her driveway. She felt strongly about her beliefs & values and never shied from giving her views to others and to community leaders. She will be missed by many. Rest In Peace, Mrs. Anderson.
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